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Study Smarter, Not Harder

If you have a part-time job it can be tricky to balance college and work. I found a few really neat tricks to get some quality studying done while at work. It will work well if you have a campus job like me where you can do work with your earbuds in. Continue reading “Study Smarter, Not Harder”

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”

The home stretch


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”

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”

Blogger Roundtable: You Must Take This Class

What's your favorite class at K-State?There is always that one class you take with you after college. Whether it’s a soul-baring writing class or a tough-as-nails statistics course, this one class leaves its mark on you and challenges you to stretch the limits of your brain and redefine your comfort zone. Read on to learn which classes at K-State spurred our student bloggers on to great new heights and why!

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Book Review: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

A surprised selfie with the book!
A surprised selfie with the book!

After studying abroad in Costa Rica and living with an international student from Paraguay, I developed a deep love for Latin America. So naturally, I felt drawn to The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez”

Front row seats to your favorite lectures

Fall is typical time when high school students turn into college freshmen who, just five months ago, had to ask permission before leaving a classroom, and now they don’t even have to be there if they don’t want to; It’s always interesting to see how they cope and adapt.

With around 4,000 fresh-out-o’ high school students at K-State this fall, there are lots of habits and conventions they bring along with them. Continue reading “Front row seats to your favorite lectures”

Finals Week Prep

So it’s Sunday, the night before the Finals Week. Time to freak out, right? No! Finals week can be stressful, but as I am going into Finals Week and the end of my junior year, I think I’ve finally developed a strategy to help me get through this week with as little stress as possible.

Embrace the stress.  “Whaaat?! Embrace the stress? What does that even mean?” Well, to me, it means accepting that you might feel a bit stressed and tired. It means resisting the urge to curl up in bed or watch Netflix because it feels like you have too much to do and you’ll never accomplish it all. I try to remind myself that it’s only a week (maybe not even that long, depending on when your finals are) and then its summer break!

Sleep. No seriously, get some sleep! I always hear people talking about how they stayed up all night studying in the library before a final. I even heard a story of someone who stayed in the library all night, and brought their toothbrush and clothes to change into before their final. That just sounds awful to me! I won’t sit here and tell you that you should never pull an all-nighter, because I definitely have and I’m sure the majority of college students have, but I’d recommend not pulling an all-nighter for a test. I mean, how much information are you really retaining at 3am? And the number of horror stories about people staying up all night to study, only to fall asleep and miss their test, makes it seem too risky to me. You can cut down on a lot of stress by staying on top of your work so your prepared at the end of the semester. I struggle a lot with this, Netflix just always seems like a better time than writing a paper you know? But I try to remind myself how much more relaxing Dead Week and Finals Week will be if I get it done ahead of time.

Talk about summer plans, movies, ANYTHING except finals. Sometimes when I hear people talking about finals it starts to feel like a competition. “Oh you have two really hard finals? Well I have THREE!” “Wow, you only got 4 hours of sleep last night? That sucks, I only got like 2 hours.” I think that we start to sort of encourage a negative attitude about finals. Talk about summer, family, anything to get you excited and put you in a happy mood!

These are a couple of things that I try to do help get me through Finals Week. It might not be possible to completely get rid of the stress, I mean, finals are definitely important. But they don’t completely determine  your entire future, and they don’t have to be as awful as we make them out to be. So just remember this and that there is only one week until summer break!

Good luck on finals!