Want 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”
This semester I stumbled upon a new form of entertainment that I had never ventured into before, which is podcasts. It sounds really boring at first, and the word podcast itself is a very jargon-y, strange, word too. I mean who wants to sit there and listen to some audio file? Well, the good news is that iPhones now have a built in podcast app that makes listening to podcasts as easy as listening to music, and the Podcast industry has grown so much that there are all sorts of different varieties of them out there from news podcasts, to sports podcasts to journalism and story telling podcasts. Continue reading “Something I Discovered This Semester”
A lot of people have bucket lists that include crazy adventures and all sorts of dare devil-ish activities. My bucket list has nothing but travelling on it. Through the magic of the internet, often I look up far away places and think about how amazing it would be to live there. Sometimes I even go on airline sites and look up how much tickets would cost and I even plan fake itineraries and sigh at the possibility of actually going on those trips (Sad, I know.) Continue reading “3 Places I Cannot Wait To Visit”
This is the sequel to last week’s personal finance blog post. If you are like me and you cannot get your hands on one of those nifty bills up there, here are a couple things that help me “adult” better and save money. Continue reading “Getting Your Money’s Worth: Part II”
Two summers ago, I took care of a friend’s yard while he was away for a few weeks. Amidst the watering and the mulch laying, I took some photos of gorgeous daylilies and other flowers. These photos have been on my camera ever since and I had totally forgotten about them. Below are some I thought were worth sharing. Continue reading “From The Archive: Flowers”
Growing up I LOVED Wizard of Oz. Like I mean wore-the-blue-checkered-dress-all-day-every-day, watched-the-movie-on-repeat and had-a-wizard-of-oz-themed-birthday-party kind of love.
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!!
Exhaustion and stress. It’s hitting everyone at this point in the semester, including me. So here are some motivational posts from Pinterest in an effort to inspire you in a quick kind of way.
Honestly, I learned a few things writing this post and choosing these quotes. I hope they inspire you too.
-from the basement of a friend’s house (Kansas Tornadoes man….)
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.
A major part of being in a sorority or fraternity (or any organization) is fundraising. As a member of a greek chapter, our fundraising efforts go to support a specific cause. Yesterday, my sorority held a philanthropy event to support literacy. There was cornhole, chuck-a-ball, music, burgers, fries, and ‘pies’ to be smashed in the face of the Pi Phi of your choice. It was sunny and 82 degrees, there was a perfect breeze and the park was filled with the chatter and laughs of students pretending that the next day wasn’t Monday. Here are a few snapshots of the day and crowd:
It was a beautiful day for the event.
Now, I’m a huge supporter of choosing the college life that best suits you, but I can’t not state my appreciation for the organization I am a part of. The community and opportunity it offers daily are two things I couldn’t imagine my college experience without.