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Month: November 2015

Be the one who cleans the stairs

Kedzie Hall Photo by K-State Communications and Marketing
Kedzie Hall
Photo by K-State Communications and Marketing

As a journalism and mass communications major, I’m well acquainted with the esteemed Kedzie Hall. The janitors of Kedzie are crazy nice- I know them by name. Each janitor is responsible for cleaning one floor. What is the flaw in this plan? No one cleans the stairs. Continue reading “Be the one who cleans the stairs”

Sunday Soul: College is Hard

There. I just had to tell you, straight up. College is friggin’ hard.

There are weeks with three tests, two papers, 20+ hours at an internship where three reports are due and you have three gamedays to work, and two blog posts to get done (the most fun part, of course) (and yes, that is my week this week and the inspiration for this post). Then there are weeks with no tests, and class gets canceled three times, and that one meeting takes thirty minutes instead of an hour and a half and you get to see your best friend for the first time in weeks. And there are weeks everywhere in between. . .and they tell you to ‘keep a balance’ . . .yeah, sounds possible right?

I promise it is. I haven’t gotten it down to a science, but I have had three years of experience trying and I can tell you what works and doesn’t. . .outside of the study, organization and health tips.

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If my grandma wrote my resume

I was a bridesmaid in a wedding for people Grandma did not know. So naturally she crashed the reception to see me in my dress. I also snuck her some wedding cake.
I was a bridesmaid in a wedding for people Grandma did not know. So naturally she crashed the reception to see me in my dress. I also snuck her some wedding cake.

Potential Employer: “Maria, I see you studied abroad in Costa Rica. Tell us more about that.”

Me: “Yeah, Costa Rica, wow. Great culture and food there. I… uh…”

When it comes to resumes and job interviews, we are often encouraged to rave about our strengths and accomplishments. We are told to use “power” verbs, and descriptive language that makes us look like the best person in the entire universe and only conceivable choice for the position. Continue reading “If my grandma wrote my resume”

Concerts with Cohorts


College is a time to spend with friends enjoying whatever you can.  My friends and I have common tastes in music so we choose to spend a lot of time bonding over it.  It all changes though when you have the chance to road trip with friends to a concert. Continue reading “Concerts with Cohorts”

Sunday Soul: Friendsgiving Fun

Yesterday, I and a group of friends celebrated ‘Friendsgiving.’ We cooked (like actually cooked – not like ramen, but like mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey. . .the works.)

Check it out!

The preparation began weeks ago, however, because we’re in college, we followed the norm of procrastination and the actual action of preparing started at 10 p.m. Saturday night.
We had Greek food, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, crab cakes, pie. . .the list goes on and on.
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Next to every plate there was a card to write down a few things that we were thankful for. They are all now hung in my kitchen, reminding me every day that I am so thankful for these people and the many blessings I have in my life.


The Aftermath: Everyone was done eating and we still had this much food leftover. Let’s just say I’m in a college student’s paradise meal-wise. <3


The Gang. (Gang is such a weird word…., I still like them though.)

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I didn’t sleep all that much, and I’ve never made so many trips to the store in my life but I can’t describe how grateful I am that I was able to have all of the stories and laughs in my home that I did yesterday. With friends that live all over the country, finding time to get together and celebrate is an indescribable blessing. (My family also informed me that I had secured the duty of family gatherings when I graduate. . .and I. am. pumped.)


In case you forgot: eat well, sleep well, and you will be well.

Out of the numerous experiences past and even more to come, for a lot of us, college will be the one to stand out as the one thing we actually miss about being in our late teens and early 20’s.

Part of my job at the Telefund is to speak to K-State alumni and ask them about their college careers, and in a year and a half and more than a thousand alumni later, not one has told me they’d take their college experience back -student loans, financial stress and all.

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Book Review: Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

Reading Mindy Kaling's book to Hunter so he can become a pop culture sensation too.
Reading Mindy Kaling’s book to Hunter so he can become a pop culture sensation too.

If you have ever spoken to me for more than 27 seconds, you probably know that I adore Mindy Kaling. I loved her on The Office (NBC), where she played Kelly Kapoor and also wrote, produced and directed. I love her show The Mindy Project (Hulu) even more and organize my Tuesdays around watching each new episode. I had a Mindy Project Party. I read her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And pre-ordered her second, Why Not Me.  Continue reading “Book Review: Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling”

Was I Accepted? – By Guest Blogger Alyssa Kirk

For most of us, the only thing we have known is school. We started out by going to pre-k (not all of us did this, but some of us did), we moved on to kindergarten, elementary,  intermediate, middle and then to high school. Some of us went to get community college, others went straight to university. What happens after the four (maybe five) years it takes to get your undergrad. Continue reading “Was I Accepted? – By Guest Blogger Alyssa Kirk”