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Author: Cajsa

Hi! My name is Cajsa. I am a junior in elementary education with a minor in non-profit leadership. I hope to share my wonderful journey with you during my time at K-State, where I will talk about personal growth, healthy lifestyles on campus, and much more.

26 Days Left!

Friends,

WE HAVE 26 DAYS LEFT UNITL SUMMER IS HERE (including today, weekends, dead week, and finals week). If you’re like me, you’re strugglin’ to find the motivation to finish the semester in full force. However… I swear we don’t have too much left. I say this, trying to convince myself as well.

To prove that time is going to pass quickly and to motivate you to continue putting forth full effort, I’ve taken some pictures of what 26 days looks like… In the form of rice and some other random stuff. Keep trucking K-Staters. Good Luck!

1.) 26 writing utensils. For all those notes you’re going to take to prepare for finals. 

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2.) Here are 26 shoes. Not 26 pairs though, that would be ridiculous. 

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3.) 26 cents. Not even enough to buy the guac at Chipotle. 

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4.) 26 grains of rice. What you actually can buy with 26 cents at Chipotle. 

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5.) 26 coupons. I may have a problem.

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Anyways, these were all kind of random… But hopefully one of these pictures struck a cord with you and showed you how few of days there really are left until SUMMER. Finish strong K-State!

Cheers,

Cajsa

Wildcats Fight the “Comfort Zone”

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Meet Joe Tinker, a Junior in Psychology and the newly elected student body Vice President of Kansas State University. While it’s impossible to describe Joe in a few sentences… His ability to quote the Office on cue and his dedication to cheering on all KSU sports are just a few of his unique qualities. His influence on students at K-State comes down to his genuine care about us as individuals and as a student body. I owe many of my accomplishments to Joe’s support and encouragement. I can honestly say, I know he’s going to be a life-long friend. In this guest blog, Joe writes about the true meaning of what the K-State family is, friendship. I encourage you to read his testament to what K-State is truly about. -Cajsa 


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s society has waged a war on the individual. It stresses conformity over self-expression. This philosophy is perpetuated by the socially constructed safety area that we call the “Comfort Zone”. The comfort zone is a dangerous place that the world has devised to avoid any sort of conflict or rocking of the boat. It strips us of all of the qualities that make us unique while preaching compliance above all. It is a sanctuary for mediocrity; a refuge that you can go where you’ll never fail and never grow. It’s scary to think that some people live under this shelter their entire lives and lack the courage to live out their true mission. The truth is, you were not made to live in the comfort zone. You were made to radiate to others the greatness that lies deep inside of you.

The comfort zone manifests itself as something different to everybody. To some, it may be avoiding that inner voice that we know is right but lack the courage to follow and accept the difficult but positive change that it will bring. To others, the comfort zone is a mask that we put on to hide our true self from the world. Nobody wants to be the weird kid in the room, so we fabricate a false identity in order to fit in. Think of someone that you think is “weird.” Are they not just being their true selves? How can we judge someone who deeply knows their personal mission and cares little about conformist worldly expectations?

“People won’t like me if they get to know the real me,” we reason. We hide our true strengths from others because we are worried about what others will think if they ever truly knew us. Courageous is the person who knows this fact yet still chooses to be themselves. We need to realize that nothing will ever work better for us than being exactly who we were made to be. You can’t be someone else, because they are already taken. Life begins when you let go of the false identity you constructed for yourself and allow the fiery passion that lies deep within to lead you to a wellspring of true and perpetual happiness.

If you are worried about what people will think of the real you, then it’s time to re-evaluate who you are with. Surround yourself with people that identify qualities in you that you don’t even see yourself- both positive and negative- and are willing to tell you them. I’m so fortunate to have met such authentic and sincere individuals at K-State that I get to call my true friends. These are the people that ask the tough questions, refuse to accept mediocrity, and push you to your absolute breaking point because they know your potential. Someone who suppresses your natural strengths and is disinterested in your passions is not someone worthy of knowing the real you. A “friend” who always tells you just what you want to hear is not a friend. There is no room for the comfort zone in true friendship. True friendship is emotionally exhausting and just downright painful at times. And it should be this way- as it is through these grueling struggles that we come to know ourself and flourish into the leader that we were created to be. It has been the highest privilege to spend quality time with the friends that I’ve made at K-State, and I am forever indebted to their selfless example of character and affection. 

Joseph Campbell says, “We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Today is the day you release yourself from the chains that are holding you back. Today is the day that you refuse the mediocrity that society offers.

Today is the day that your new life begins. Embrace it.

EMAW, Joe Tinker

Love Your Melon

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Meet Mackenzie, a junior majoring in Marketing and minoring in Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. Combing two of her passions, helping cancer patients and supporting the K-State family, she has helped introduce “Love Your Melon” to our campus. Not only does Mack have an incredible story to share, she represents that despite tragic events; hope, love and hard work will prevail. I’m proud of Mack for sharing her story and blessed to call her one of my best friends. -Cajsa


What is something that you are really passionate about? Maybe in your college career you are unsure of what that looks like for you at this point. As a junior, I am just discovering what that is. Before I graduate Kansas State University, I set a goal that I wanted to make a lasting impression and leave something behind at K-State that made it better than when I started here. Personally I am passionate about helping cancer patients, their families and those left behind because of cancer. I personally have been impacted and experienced loss because of cancer. My mom lost her battle to cancer in 2008 and ever since her diagnosis in 1997 I have looked for ways to continue working with people affected by cancer. One day while on Facebook I stumbled across an organization called Love Your Melon a nonprofit started by college students that sells hats, t-shirts and other gear. This grabbed my attention because it was started by students, which was very relatable to me. They have a buy one; give one philosophy so every hat they sell they donate one to a child going through chemotherapy and other cancer treatment. I was so energized by the whole mission of the organization and having a passion for non-profits this stood out to me. The more I looked into it I found that they had campus ambassador crews. Noticing that K-State didn’t have a crew I emailed the site looking to start a team. Luckily I was able to connect with some other women from K-State looking to get involved in the organization. We started in January of this year and are quickly approaching our goal of selling 100 hats at 95 right now! We are planning our first donation event to be able to bring the kids hats at Children’s Mercy in Overland Park. Once we reach 300, Love Your Melon will make a special KSU beanie. The reason I am so passionate about bringing this to K-State is because I have already seen amazing support from the community and I believe in K-State family. For me, losing my mom and moving away from home to come to college was a big challenge and it wouldn’t have gone as well without the wonderful people that make up the K-State family. KSU truly is my home away from home and I want to do what I can to make it better than when I started here. We all sincerely appreciate the support you have already shown.

If you are looking to get involved, follow us on social media at @KSULYMCREW on Instagram, @KSULYM_Crew on Twitter, and Kansas State University Love Your Melon Campus Crew on Facebook.

If you are interested in making a purchase, check out www.loveyourmelon.com. They will be releasing a new summer line soon!

Fighting Ever Fighting,

Mackenzie 

5 for 5: Five Ways to De-stress for under $5.00

Spring break is almost here… but first we have to pass midterms. Here are five ways to handle the stress without breaking the bank before your big spring break trip!

1.) Eat something great

  • Example: A cupcake from 4Cakes (They have gluten free!)
  • Cost: Standard size: $2.75, Mini-cupcake: $1.00
  • Why: Cupcakes make everyone happy.
  • Where: 121 S. 4th Street Suite 108, Manhattan, KS 66502.

2.) Stay warm

  • Example: Skip the workout… Go straight to the sauna.
  • Cost: Free if you have a K-State Student I.D.
  • Why: You can only handle this weather for so long.
  • Where: In the locker rooms at the Rec.

3.) Aromatherapy

  • Example: Buy a candle in your favorite scent
  • Cost: Around $3 for a smaller candle
  • Why: “One of the most effortless, yet effective ways to relieve stress is by using aromatherapy. Exposing your senses to strong smelling chemicals such as essential oils can positively affect your hormone production, brain chemistry, and stress levels.” (Read more here).
  • Where: Walgreens

4.) Listen to Music

  • Example: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  • Cost: $1.29
  • Why: 3 minutes and 39 seconds of shaking it off and forgetting about the haters.
  • Where to buy: iTunes

5.) Rent a movie

  • Example: Change this to a movie example (like a funny classic)
  • Cost: $1.50
  • Why: Escaping reality for an hour or two is okay… What gets you is a true
  • Netflix binge… avoid those at all costs. (I just reworded things here)
  • Where: At a RedBox near you.

Directionally Challenged

With everything going on (happy finals week!), it’s hard to know if we’re running away or toward something. The markers or miles stones can look the same either way. So how do we know when to turn around or keep going?

Maybe the key to solving this, is planting your self in one place for awhile. Rather than constantly moving or taking flight, take a firm stance. You might find that what you want, is actually right there beside you.

As a strategic thinker and an intense planer, I tend to become unsteady when something goes against my already made future that I’ve written out for myself. By constantly running to get to my next goal or step, I struggle to remember that the best things in life, can happen in a form of a surprise or in the memories I’m creating today.

My goal is to end this semester and the year 2014 by creating space and time to focus on the now. Studying your present relationships, joys, and to celebrate what you’ve accomplished that’s right there in this very moment right beside you. It’s time to reorient our selves and figure out which way to keep going.

Cheers,

Cajsa

Coffee. Need I Say More?

Dear Friends,
 
In the spirit of December, I extend a warm invitation to encourage you to spend time with your friends and family over the next few weeks. Especially as finals are quickly approaching… It’s important to surround yourself with positive people!
 
If you’re struggling trying to find things to do or places to meet, look no more. After hearing raving reviews I decided to check out Arrow Coffee Co., a local (I’m all about the local) coffee shop, that has it’s own unique spin on traditional coffee. Check this video out for more details.  http://vimeo.com/71831133
 
The minute you walk in you feel at home. With a genuine down to earth feel, my friends and I were welcomed immediately. 
 
Needless to say, the coffee was great and the music was on point.
Definitely check this place out!
 
Cheers, 
Cajsa
P.S. Your first drink is FREE, no strings attached. 

 

Five Ways Wildcats Can Survive the Winter

We’ve enjoyed hikes on the Konza and watched the trees change color… but it’s time to prepare to battle the elements. Here are a some essential items and a few tips to beat the cold, in The Little Apple.
 
1.) High quality gloves-
This is the most crucial clothing item you should invest money on. Yes, we’re in college but the 50 cent gloves are not the way to go here. Find some based on what you are looking for. Warmth is important but so is convenience. Try to find some that have touch screen capability so you won’t need to take off your gloves in order to respond to a text. Also, to the bikers and long boarders, definitely look into gloves that have windproof technology. I tried to get away without using windproof gloves last year while biking to campus and it was miserable. Trust me when I say it’s worth spending the extra money to get the gloves you need.  
 
2.) Spill proof thermos-
Warm drinks are a necessity. Teas will help you get over colds, while coffee will help you get out of bed.  To avoid spilling hot drinks all over yourself while walking to class, invest in a high quality traveling thermos. Your beverage will stay warm and you can end up saving some money too. For example, Bluestem Bistro gives you $1 refills with a purchase of their insulated travel mug (it comes in cute colors too).
 
3.) Learn the secret passages around campus-
Review your K-state maps and figure out the closest route to your next class. Try to navigate a route that uses as much indoor space as possible.
 
4.) Warm socks-
Ask for wool infused synthetic socks for a holiday gift. Wool socks tend to be a little expensive, so ask for these beauties as a stocking stuffer. They’re perfect when your bedroom is a little chilly and when it’s time to truck onward to class. They also help wick away moisture that may cause blisters down the road. Manhattan Running Company and Pathfinder are two local stores that carry these products
 
5.) Carry lip balm with you-
This has multiple uses; not only does it save you if your lips are chapped from the wind, but if your hands are red and cracked you can always swipe some on target areas.
 
Remember, winter isn’t all that terrible. The best memories on campus can be made in the snow.
Get ready- it’s almost time to start wishing and asking President Schulz for a snow day on Twitter!
 
Cheers,
Cajsa

Dedicated to My Fellow Juniors #CreateYourLegacy

Junior year is a special year for us in college.
 
We’ve mastered the Wabash and can recite the K-state fight song in our sleep.
ISIS is a piece of cake. Adding classes, no problem.
We finally know our way around campus without looking at the online map.
We’ve established our favorite study place in Hale (if anyone beats you there, you become slightly unraveled).
No money in the bank, but you know you have that $10 of free printing.
 
But here’s the thing, as awesome as that is…
There are some weird feelings about being a Junior too.
 
We’re leaving K-state in not too long… Most of us are over half way done.
Now more than ever, I think it’s crucial to try to focus on why you came to K-state. You chose to be a part of this family for a reason. Spend any extra time that you have (I know it’s not that much, but the little time you do), creating a legacy. Utilize your energy and help the new generation create the experience you had. Focus on what made you fall in love with our campus in the first place, and do what you can to help it grow..
 
Yes, K-state is evolving and changing… just like we are.
 
With the time we have left, make the effort to keep going strong. Don’t phase out. This is our time to push even harder to make K-state a closer and greater family.
 
#CreateYourLegacy #EMAW
 
Cheers,
Cajsa

Cats for Change: Adopting a Healthy Life Style

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Big changes happen in college. Yes, mentally… you learn some things, but usually you experience some physical changes as well. We’re all familiar with the “freshman 15” which, unfortunately, seems a little too easy to accomplish. Some of you may be terrible cooks, especially compared to your parents’ (In my case, my mama’s) home cooking. Unless you’re blessed with the Derb’s meal plan, you may even experience weight loss. Whatever your situation, making your health a priority is something we should all take seriously. It may seem hard to do this with your new class schedule and the desire to watch multiple hours on Netflix to de-stress, but making time for exercise and nutrition can help you stay calm, prepare you for class, and may reduce the risk of getting the bug that everyone seems to be catching this week. K-State has some great resources to look into… and they are actually fun. Here are a few different ideas for you to try out your first semester without horizontal running (watch Pitch Perfect if you want to be cool and get that reference).

1.) The Konza Prairie is an ideal place for a relaxing hike. There are three different loops for you to hike depending on your fitness level. Go with a group or by yourself and enjoy being out in the wideopen space. The views will take your breath away, as well as the insanely long hill. This should be on everyone’s collegiate bucket list to do before they graduate. It takes a little time to drive there, but I promise it’s worth it. BONUS: If you’re a selfie lover, this is your perfect opportunity to snap a new profile pic, as well.

2.) Radina’s coffee shop is a great place to drink a green Smoothie from . A Radina’s is conveniently located right on campus in the Staley School of Leadership Studies. They’re delicious and jam packed with fruits and veggies. Plus, if you have a Campus Special coupon book they usually have a “buy one get one free drink “ ticket at the beginning of the semester. Go with a friend and help your body fight off the cold this fall.

3.) UFM has some great classes that you can sign up for. You can take these for credit or non-credit (the cheaper option). These classes range from archery to belly dancing -which I may or may not have signed up for already… Signing up for a class can help you stay committed, plus it’s a great way to learn a new skill and meet new friends.

4.) Utilize the Rec. It’s free for students if you’re a full time student (don’t forget to bring your ID). You don’t have to be a body builder to enjoy the resources it provides. The Rec offers free classes including Zumba, yoga, body pump,etc….. For a full schedule check it out online (http://recservices.k-state.edu/). Also, the rock-climbing wall is legit and provides a really fun, amazing arm work out without picking up the weights.

5.)  The Natatorium is another free resource. Like to swim? Swimming is low impact (perfect if you’re dealing with any injuries), but still offers a killer workout. If you’re feeling brave, the high dive is a way to get your adrenaline kick and help those endorphins flow. Happy thoughts peeps.

6.) Manhattan Running Company (http://manhattanrunningco.com/) has products to help enhance your workout. A local store in Manhattan that specializes in making sure you are in the proper gear. Making sure you’re in the right shoe is crucial to how you perform and helping prevent you from getting injured. When you only have ten minutes to catch your next class on campus, you know how important comfy shoes are. Plus the owners are awesome. They’re also my bosses 🙂

Remember, these are just a few suggestions to help you get the semester off to a healthy start! If you can think of more ideas, please comment below! I would love to hear how you take time for yourself to keep physically and mentally balanced. As a bonus, being in excellent shape will support all that tailgating and wabashing at the next home game. EMAW.

Cheers, Cajsa