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Month: September 2016

Book Review: Spare Parts by Joshua Davis

imgresThis year’s common read book for the K-State Book Network is Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis. This true story centers around four undocumented, Latino teenagers living in Phoenix. Inspired by two dedicated teachers and equipped with their own ambition, these four outcasts enter into the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition. Their robot, dubbed Stinky by the team, cost under $1,000 to build, and beat the $10,000 ExxonMobil sponsored robot from MIT. Continue reading “Book Review: Spare Parts by Joshua Davis”

What is K-State All About?


It was almost three years ago when I first set foot on campus here. It was winter break time so Manhattan was not very crowded. Ironically, at the time I had no idea where I was. I mean, I knew I was at the home of Kansas State University, but it was not until I started school here the following Fall did I really know where I was and what this place really is and what it stands for.

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“The Most Dangerous Worldview is [That] of Those Who Have Not Viewed The World”


A very important part of growing and developing is learning about the world around us. Sometimes we forget that the world is an unimaginably huge place. There are more than 7 billion other people out there and almost 200 countries, think of that the next time you think Cardwell Hall is crowded. In fact, just think of all the different cultures, attitudes, beliefs, and thought processes out there. People live their lives in very different ways and that makes the way they tackle their issues or the way they get to solutions vastly distinct. Think about how learning about just one or two different cultures or languages can open up a whole new world of possibilities and make you see the world  around you with not just one but two or three sets of eyes.

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Annnnnnnnnd we’re back!

Yes, I am in full denial that it is my senior year. I can’t imagine leaving this place so I’m just not going to for the time being.

A new year means new classes, new teachers, new memories and so much more, and I am SO excited.

Here’s a heads up on some of the AWESOME coming up this month at K-State:

September 13th: Yoga on the Lawn. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Lawn Anderson Hall.
September 15th and 16th: Purple Power Play at the Park. 5 to 9 pm, City Park.
September 17th: FIRST HOME FOOTBALL GAME vs. Florida Atlantic
September 18th: Climbing 101. 1 to 4 pm, K-State Rec.
September 20th: All-University Career Fair Day 1: Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business and Human Ecology. Bramlage Coliseum, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
September 21st: All-University Career Fair Day 2: All Majors. Bramlage Coliseum, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
September 24th: Football vs. Missouri State
September 27th: Voter Registration Opportunity. Hale Library, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

…and this is just a few of the bajillion things that K-State is offering this month! Check out the calendar on K-State’s website for more!!

4 tips for having difficult conversations from someone who’s no longer afraid of them

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-10-14-31-pmIn the past, I would crawl into a hole when an argument or confrontation began. I’ve always had something to say, but I was terrified that I would unintentionally hurt someone’s feelings or make someone mad at me. In my college years, I have learned that challenging discussions and confrontations are necessary and can be done in a respectful, constructive and beneficial way. Continue reading “4 tips for having difficult conversations from someone who’s no longer afraid of them”

Thinking outside the college degree

Getting an engineering degree is pretty tough work -of course I wouldn’t know about that, but people tell me. I just assume if someone goes through the trouble of getting an engineering education they wouldn’t think of doing something else for a career. Continue reading “Thinking outside the college degree”