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So You Don’t Know What to do With Your Life…

 

 

Don’t have the rest of your life planned out to the minute? It’s okay. Read on to learn about my experience with coming to K-State with an Open Option major and how it benefited me.

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An Open Letter to My Freshman Self

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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”

Guest Blog: Take Your Time

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A blog post from Rome by my great friend, Grant, who is finishing his Fall semester there. I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I have.

Seeing a different way of life has changed me. Right now, I am in the final legs of studying abroad in the beautiful country of Italy. I have been here since August, and although I arrived just three and a half months ago, I have changed more in the last three and a half months than I ever have before. I have seen how other cultures live. I have seen how people live in Ireland, England, and of course Italy. I see how the world views us Americans. Our large portions, our big cars, and our new president. Continue reading “Guest Blog: Take Your Time”

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”

What Makes K-State Great: Travis Britz

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Senior in Education – English

 

 

Hometown: Harrisonville, Missouri

 

 

Nickname/Spirit Animal: Polar Bear

 

 

If you’ve watched K-State football in recent years, you’ll recognize this name. Travis Britz, one of the top defensive tackles in the Big 12 during his time on the K-State football team (2012-2015) and voted a team captain during his senior year, is undoubtedly a great player; but what’s more, he’s a great person as well. Read on to learn about this awesome guy!

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What Makes K-State Great: Yepiao Yu

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Senior in Secondary Education – Spanish

 

Hometown: Shenzhen, China

 

Favorite Fun Fact: Octopuses have two hearts

 

Spirit Animal: Cat

 

 

Do you think trying new things is scary? This K-State student moved to a different country to go attend college!

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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.

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.

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“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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