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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”

Finance 450: The boogeyman of the College of Business

Photo from http://union.k-state.edu/
Photo from http://union.k-state.edu/

So having listed all the cool and fun courses to sign up for here at K-State, here is one class that pretty much any Business, Golf course management, Hospitality management, Engineering and many students from other majors will probably attest to it as being one of the most challenging and most rigorous courses they had taken during their time in school. Finance 450, probably the most popular (or perhaps infamous) course in the college of business, I like to describe it as the “boogeyman” of the CBA.

So why does Finance 450 get so much bad rep? Continue reading “Finance 450: The boogeyman of the College of Business”

Wrapping Up The Year

As another semester quickly comes to an end, it’s important to reflect on both the highs and the lows.  It’s been a great semester and an incredible Sophomore year all together.  I can’t believe that I’m almost halfway done with college; it’s so surreal!  I sound like a parent or something, but I feel like it was just yesterday when I was at Summer Orientation enrolling in classes for my Freshman year.  Time flies by so fast in college; it’s as if I just blinked and two years have gone by!  There’s been ups and downs throughout my time at K-State, but I’ve got three important things I’ve learned from them that might help you out:

1. Enjoy your time in college, but try to balance fun and school work.  It’s easy to get caught up in all of the fun things that K-State has to offer; it’s important to remember why you are here though.  Getting all your responsibilities and schoolwork taken care of should always come first, but don’t forget to reward yourself for accomplishing your work.  Too much fun can lead to poor academic performance, and too much work can drive you crazy!  Finding the balance that’s right for you is a key to success in college.

2. You’re not alone — there are over 24,000 students here at K-State, and that means that there’s got to be people here that are going through the same thing you are.  Whether you’re stressed about a class, trying to find someone to talk to, or trying to get involved with something, there’s resources out there available to you.  The teachers, faculty, and K-State student body as a whole are collectively the best bunch of people you’ll ever meet.  The community here is unlike anywhere else, and everyone here truly cares about your well-being.  Joining a fraternity or sorority is a great way to become instantly plugged in to K-State and a guaranteed way to find people with similar interests to your own!

3. Get involved!  Academics are the reason you’re in college, but involvement is what really makes your experience meaningful.  It doesn’t matter what you get involved in either!  There are literally hundreds of student organizations you can become a part of, and there’s something out there for everyone.  Whether it’s a leadership role in your house or residence hall, joining the Sky-Diving Club or the Harry Potter Alliance on campus, playing intramural sports, or anything else, you’ll never regret trying something out.  It’s important not to get too involved and become over-committed (like how I feel sometimes), because that can really burn you out and interfere with your academic performance.  However, my college experience has been truly fulfilling so far largely due to the organizations I’ve been a part of.

I hope you find those tips helpful in your future or current college endeavors!  I should probably catch you all up on what’s been going on with my life too.  Since my last post I’ve finalized my schedule for next semester, continued training for my teaching position, completed the Professional Advantage Program for the year by attending some really interesting lectures, assisted with our new philanthropy – Miss K-State (we raised over $3500 for the Global Service Initiative!), got an A on a Finance 450 test(!!!!!), saw my fraternity brother perform at Sunset Revival and went to a sorority formal in the same night, attended the Spring Football Game (Jake Waters v. Daniel Sams), and started and selected members for the new Honors Ambassadors Program.  It’s been so busy but so fun too!  This week is dead week, and I think it might actually be pretty dead for me for once.  The week after this is Finals Week, and then it’s Summer Break!  I might be staying in Manhattan for part of the Summer, but I’m not sure yet.  Be sure to check back; I’m going to post a picture of the girl I helped with Miss K-State and myself!

New Semester!

It’s that time of year again- the beginning of a new semester.  I got back to Manhattan a little over a week ago, and it’s so great to be back!  Winter Break was alright; all I really did was work and catch up on some lost sleep from the previous semester.  Syllabus week flew by before I could blink, especially because it was only four days long.  I’m also only taking twelve hours this semester, so I’m planning on getting more involved on campus with my free time.  I’m currently in the process of applying for a few different groups on campus including: Chimes Junior Honorary, Student Foundation, and Business Ambassadors.

Silver Key is wrapping up; we just participated in one of our last events, the Academic Decathlon.  We spent a few hours last Friday night judging high schoolers’ speeches for the event.  I’ve never judged an event like that before, but it was kind of exciting!  These were some impressive students too, let me tell you.  They gave us a prepared speech, had to come up with an impromptu speech in one minute, and then go through a five minute interview with my fellow judges and myself.  Let’s just say I would’ve gotten blown out of the water if I were in high school competing against some of the kids we judged..

Another incredible opportunity I had last week was one of the many reasons why I love K-State so much!  I’m a part of the Student Athletic Board, and I enjoy it more than anything else I’ve been involved with.  Our Athletic Director, John Currie, came in and talked to us during one of our meetings, and I decided that I’d like to get more involved with the Athletic Department.  I emailed Mr. Currie shortly after, and I was able to meet with him to discuss things I could do to become more involved.  This is without a doubt one of the busiest people at K-State, and he took half an hour out of his day to meet with me and help me out.  I don’t know this for a fact, but I’m pretty sure that this is the only school in the Big 12 that I could have an opportunity like that, or to meet with the VP of Student Life, Dr. Bosco.  This school is truly one of a kind, and that’s just another reason why I LOVE K-STATE!!

First Day of Classes

I’ve been back in Manhattan for about a week now, and it’s been a ton of fun being back!  The new members moved in later in the week, and have been learning the ropes around Manhattan since then.  Yesterday they got the opportunity to do Sorority Serenades.  They did a pretty awesome job- I’ll be sure to post the YouTube Video here when it gets uploaded!  It was great watching them sing, but it seemed like it was just yesterday that I was out there doing the same thing.  This past year was amazing at K-State, but it flew by so fast!

Today was the day reality set in, and it was super hard getting up for my 8:30 class!  This semester I’ve got a couple Management classes, a Leadership class, a class in Accounting, and one in Statistics.  I’m taking fifteen hours overall, and it should be a challenging semester as I’m starting to get into the higher level Business classes.  I haven’t been getting as much sleep as I probably should be, but I’m going to try really hard to be better about that this year.  I’ve already been to the Rec to work out more times since I’ve been back than I went all of last year combined!  I’ll be incredibly busy this semester, but I know it’s going to be a ton of fun.  I’m trying to be better about getting sleep, studying, and being healthy this year; wish me luck!

Back in Manhappiness!

I had a great month off for Winter Break, but I’m really glad to be settled back in at K-State.  My first semester ended very well, I got all A’s and one B.  I had a few tough finals, but nothing I couldn’t handle.  I’m really excited about this semester because I’m starting to get into classes involving my business major.  I’m taking Intro to Business,  Intro to Marketing, Business Statistics, Honors Public Speaking, and my Leadership class again.  It’s going to be a challenging semester, and I’m sure there will be a few all-nighters involved. I’ve only been in class for a week, but I’ve already been given a few major assignments, and I gave a speech!  The Cats have been looking pretty good so far in basketball, but I haven’t been able to go to all the games unfortunately.  It’s really good to be back, and I’m looking forward to keeping you all updated on Semester two at K-State!