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Author: Maria

My name is Maria and I am a sophomore dual-majoring in journalism and public relations. I enjoy blogging about things I have learned and cool experiences, and I hope to tell K-Staters in my blog about all the fun to be had here.

An Open Letter to My Freshman Self

penrod-graduation-20Dear past me,

What’s up homie? It’s Maria from the future. It’s 2016! Oh the things I have to tell you…

First of all, The How I Met Your Mother series finale was terrible. Second of all, Drake and Rihanna dated and then broke up. Lastly, we graduated! WOO! I know you are scared, nervous, anxious, and petrified about starting college, but you are going to have a blast. I won’t spoil the journey by telling you everything, but I will tell you a few things I wish I had realized sooner. Continue reading “An Open Letter to My Freshman Self”

6 books that changed my life

collageWant to know something scary? Twenty-seven percent of Americans did not read a book in the past year. That means that 86.1 million Americans haven’t read a book since the Royals won the 2015 World Series and Adele released her 25 album. What were you all doing?! Rescuing kittens from trees? Curing the Zika virus? Watching videos on Vine? Well, Vine is dead now people, time to expand your brain by cracking open a book. Continue reading “6 books that changed my life”

How to survive as a night owl in an early bird world

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I have a coffee maker at the foot of my bed. I know, I have a problem.

*oops it is 2:00 a.m. again*

I swear I am writing this blog at 2:30 in the afternoon. But usually, most of my productive hours are late at night. Nine p.m. to midnight is MY TIME. When everyone else is winding down, I am just getting started. If I had taken the ACT at 9:00 p.m. instead of 8:00 a.m., I would have scored at least 4 points higher. I could beat Steph Curry at 21 after 9:00 p.m. I could write Taylor Swift’s next hit song, clean the bathroom, and do all the Christmas shopping for a family of four from 9:00 to midnight. Continue reading “How to survive as a night owl in an early bird world”

What should I be when I grow up?

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What should this person do after she graduates?

When you graduate from college, a lot of people ask what you are going to do after. To answer these constant inquiries, I have asked people in my life what they think I should do after college, since I myself have no idea what I am doing. Continue reading “What should I be when I grow up?”

A place I know full well: My 6 favorite spots in Manhattan

After spending 3.5 years in the best college town in the country (Read about it, it’s true), here are my favorite places in Manhattan, Kansas!

img_0015The Konza Prairie is breath-taking, peaceful, and not too difficult of a hike for us amateurs. If you have friends who don’t think Kansas is beautiful, take them here.

Continue reading “A place I know full well: My 6 favorite spots in Manhattan”

To my sisters: The case for building fierce female friendships in college

img_3471I have always wanted a sister. I have a wonderful brother, Joe, but he has never helped me pick out new shoes.

In college, your family is far away. Who is going to be there when you flunk a test or can’t figure out how to air up your tire? Who will encourage, love and support you in this strange, new collegeland? Answer: Your friends! Continue reading “To my sisters: The case for building fierce female friendships in college”

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”