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Month: April 2016

The home stretch

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I hate to be “that guy”, but dead week starts Monday and finals week starts the Monday after, the end has never been closer (in a thick, suspenseful voice). However, having gone to class all semester and battled procrastination to study and do homework, I feel somewhat prepared, and even though I have not started studying for final exams yet, I plan to just take full advantage of dead week to tackle classes one at a time in the order they come. A lot of people may be feeling very overwhelmed right now, but here is what I am going to do and I hope it works for others too. Continue reading “The home stretch”

Stressed Out of My Mind

It’s that time of year again.  A test and paper in one class, a project in another, plus a few more papers, projects and tests in the rest can make for an extremely stressful time.  Then when you add working a job and trying to make time for a social life, things can get out of control and suddenly you find yourself in a downward spiral.  Thankfully, there are some simply things you can do to help manage your stress better. Continue reading “Stressed Out of My Mind”

Quick Inspo

Exhaustion and stress. It’s hitting everyone at this point in the semester, including me. So here are some motivational posts from Pinterest in an effort to inspire you in a quick kind of way.

Learn this. You are you and you're wonderful. No one should make you feel like less than everything.
Learn this. You are you and you’re wonderful. No one should make you feel like less than everything.
This is so important. You know all of those things you wish a significant other would do for you? Do them for yourself, love yourself and date yourself. You'll come to realize just exactly how much you're worth.
This is so important. You know all of those things you wish a significant other would do for you? Do them for yourself, love yourself and date yourself. You’ll come to realize just exactly how much you’re worth.
College is so so short. Take every moment and make it most that you can.
Colleges so so short. Take every moment and make it most that you can.

Honestly, I learned a few things writing this post and choosing these quotes. I hope they inspire you too.

-from the basement of a friend’s house (Kansas Tornadoes man….)
Happy Sunday!

It pays to back-up your files

Some say God has a sense humor -well, they’re not totally wrong. Last weekend I decided to start my spring cleaning, and doing so turned out to be pretty much the worst decision I had made in a while.

Part of my spring cleaning was to clean up my laptop, food stains and dust and all. So I go to wipe it down with a Clorox wipe, and apparently the Clorox got into the keyboard and damaged it. However, it did not end there, the now fried keyboard that is connected to other circuits in the computer caused those circuits to short-wire and damage other parts of the computer even more, and slowly but surely I watched my laptop essentially self-destruct while I have absolutely no back up -all on a Saturday morning. Continue reading “It pays to back-up your files”

Don’t worry, there are field trips in college

Kelli and I in an Apache helicopter
Kelli and I in an Apache helicopter

One of the best classes I have ever taken is Military Public Relations with Deb Skidmore. This is a hands-on class with lots of guest speakers and discussions. There are also two field trips to Fort Riley, which is an Army post just outside of Manhattan. Here are some photos from our trip to the airfield.  Continue reading “Don’t worry, there are field trips in college”

The Best Advice I Never Took

So about a week ago I enrolled in my last Fall semester at K-State. HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHHA I’M SORRY WHAT? No. I’m actually not leaving Mom, Dad, World. It won’t happen.

…but okay, in reality, it’ll most likely have to happen. I will most likely have to leave Manhappiness and K-State and these people and City Park and the Top of the World and the Harry Potter room in Hale and the Veggie Sandwich at Radina’s and I’m going to stop there but wow… looking back there are a few things I knew and didn’t quite take to heart. . . Ones that yes, my mom probably told me and was completely correct about, and that I’m just now realizing I should have put into action. (Yes, Mom. You were very very right.) So I’m going to give you the advice I got in the hopes that maybe it’ll help your first couple years in college just a little bit smoother.

1. Don’t Procrastinate. Oh I know, I know! You “work better under pressure!” …and are “too busy to do things ahead of time!” Trust me, I can give you any excuse in the book, because I’ve said all of them. BUT I’m telling you right now. If you get in the habit of doing assignments [and anything else really] ahead of time, not only are you going to be 100x less stressed the night before, but you’ll produce more quality work because you have just that much more time you’re putting into it.

2. Don’t Overwhelm Yourself. Especially in your first semester / year. I am a full-blown, self-admitted “Yes-Woman.” If I can somewhat fit something into my schedule, you bet I will. The downside of that is that I rarely have time to sleep, rest, relax, breathe or do something just because I love it, and that’s not healthy. Being involved is great, but if you’re not well enough to put every bit of your best into a task because you’re stretching yourself thin, all of your tasks are going to suffer. Find the one to three things you are most passionate about and donate your time there. You’ll be inspired and doing something you love, as well has have time for socializing and keeping yourself happy.

3. Don’t Underestimate the Value of Going to Class. It’s easy. It’s easy to skip “just one Monday class” and then get into the routine of skipping that same class every week, and then even more classes. Just don’t do it. You’ll fall behind and end up missing more trying to catch up at the end of the semester than that extra long nap you were going to get skipping. If you manage your time right, and prioritize, you can have a healthy balance where skipping won’t even seem necessary.

4. Don’t Say No to Spontaneity. I’m not out of college, but I have a lot of friends that are. And they all look like they’re having a fantastic adulthood, but one thing I can see that I have that the moooostly don’t is flexibility. For example, in the middle of writing this post, my friend asked me to drive to Topeka with her to pick up a bunny she was adopting. Practical? Debatable. Hilarious and memory worthy? Duh. I’d say yes again. Take the time to, after being mostly responsible, be spontaneous and make memories. You’ll be carrying those with you too when you grab that diploma.

So there you have it. Advice I wish I’d taken. Please at least try it. I’m scrambling and can now see the end of my time in Manhappiness and I know I’d be doing less fretting and stressing if I had just listened to my mom when she told me these things freshman year.

My Favorite Quotes

I’m one of those nerdy people who love quotes. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Always be a little kinder than necessary. – J.M. Barrie
  • Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten. – G.K. Chesterton
  • Is fat really the worst thing a human being can be? Is fat worse than vindictive, jealous, shallow, vain, boring, evil or cruel? Not to me. – J.K. Rowling Continue reading “My Favorite Quotes”

Warm weather hobby

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So last month I started getting into this cool hobby. Now I have a baby rosebush and a mint plant that I named Ronda Rose and Maggie Mint. Also I might not know anything about gardening, but so far it is really fun. Now I think it is safe to say that sophomore year has really brought out my inner grandma.

Continue reading “Warm weather hobby”

“The End of the Semester” . . .as told by the cast of Friends

The end of a school year in high school is EPIC. You might have some summer reading, but for the most part it’s time for fun in the sun and hanging out with friends. And in college, it’s mostly the same, but one weird thing is . . .you kind of don’t want to leave college for summer sometimes… here are a few realizations that hit when you begin to realize how close the end of the school year really is – as a college student.

1. After a semester full of hard work, the end of the semester is about two months away so it’s time to start tying up loose ends and looking over syllabi to make sure no assignment was left behind.

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2. Some harsh realities will start to hit. Like that your out-of-state friends won’t be five minutes away anymore…

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3. And you checked your grades so you’re somewhere on the good or bad side of…

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4. And that means you’re either …

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or

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5. And then you think of having to leave Manhappiness….

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..and decide that maybe, just maybe you can find a place to stay for the summer?

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…because once you fall in love with K-State and Manhattan, it’s hard to leave.

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