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REquired or REally cool: Why not both?

Sometimes, college classes have events that are required outside of class. Here’s the good part—they aren’t normally bummers! In my experience, out-of-class activities have been a blast. Read on to discover some of my coolest experiences in attending events that were required for a class!

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Credit Hours Don’t Grow On Trees

As I was walking into the College of Business Building on Friday I ran into Dr Bosco walking out with a mom and her high school junior. He walked up to me to ask how many credit hours I came to K-State with, because he was trying to show the student the importance of transferring in as many credits as possible. So that interaction made me realize the importance of accumulating as many credits in the shortest time possible. It is the best thing one can do to make their life in college easier, and there are so many different ways to do it. Continue reading “Credit Hours Don’t Grow On Trees”

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”

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.

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Walking, strutting and strolling to campus

Walking by one of my favorite buildings - Nichols Hall!
Walking by one of my favorite buildings, Nichols Hall!

Many students choose to walk to campus. It’s one of the cheapest and healthiest ways to get there! I live about a mile away from most of my classes, and usually end up walking about four miles a day. I love walking so much, I even turn down rides when they are offered (Unless there is a good ol’ Kansas blizzard). Here are my tips for how to have the best trek to class EVER.  Continue reading “Walking, strutting and strolling to campus”

I’ll Get Around to the Title of this Post…Y’,know. Later.

Of all the buzzwords that we throw around in our daily lives at K-State, I think “procrastination” has to rank in the top ten. Maybe even the top five, if you take out “Chipotle,” “Twitter,” and any terms used to describe caffeinated drinks! For a problem that affects people from all ages and walks of life, though, why does it seem that procrastination peaks during our collegiate years? You could make an argument against social media, or the way that modern technology is affecting our minds. Another quality explanation is the heightened expectations of college students in today’s global community. At the end of the day, maybe we’re just really good at, y’know, not doing things!

I come to you as a constant citizen of the state of ProcrastiNation. I’ve never met an assignment that I haven’t tried to finish within 24 hours of the due date, and there are no sweeter words to my ears than “assignment extension.” Over my past four years in college, I’ve dealt with this problem enough to become a sort of expert on the matter. (I’m not proud). However, in the interest of helping your productivity, GPA, and mental well-being during your years at K-State, I’ll try to give you the best primer I can on how to recognize and avoid procrastinating! So, without further ado:


Level One – Snowball

Looks innocent, right? DON'T BE FOOLED.

 The Snowball is your garden-variety source (and result) of procrastination. This level of procrastination starts off as an innocent “Oops!” moment. Maybe you forgot about a particular assignment for class that’s due soon, or you put off working on a group project until the last minute. In an effort to finish this particular task, you start putting off obligations to other things in your life, until BAM! The work starts to pile up, and you begin to get further and and further behind. Like a snowball rolling down the mountain, it’s easy for this backlog of work to grow, and grow, and grow, which leads us to our next level of procrastination…

Level Two – Kilimanjaro

How many snowballs make a mountain? You don't want to know.

 Ever had so much to do that you just freeze? Does making your to-do list take longer than the homework itself? Congratulations! You have entered the “Kilimanjaro” stage of procrastination. Your mountain of things to-do has become so formidable, just the thought of starting on it terrifies you. Deadlines are approaching swiftly, and if you don’t start soon, you run the risk of falling behind completely. You know that you’ll have to climb this mountain step by step, but where should you begin? If you don’t have a set way to prioritize your time, you may drop to the stage of…

Level Three – Procrastivity

To some people, this is joke. To others, it's a life motto.

Let’s step into the mind of someone who has finally decided to take on their mountain of work. “This is it! I’m definitely getting some work done today. Let’s check out my to-do list… Hmm. I have an essay due tomorrow, an interview the day after, and a test next week. I think I’ll rearrange all of my Spotify playlists, and then revise my bucket list!” Way to go, champ. You have officially fallen into the trap of procrastivity. This is where, in an effort to defeat procrastination, we start to be incredibly productive…on all the wrong tasks! Yeah, you get the rush of endorphins from actually checking something off of your to-do list, but the deadlines on the work you actually SHOULD be doing are creeping closer, and closer, until…

Level Four – Queen Syndrome

BOOM. In one final push, you somehow finish all of the work before the deadline! As you collapse onto the bed/couch/futon of your choice to make up sleep, you hope that you never have to do this again. Unfortunately, for some people, they’re doomed to repeat this behavior again, and again, and again. These students may say they “work better with a deadline,” or that they are “game-time performers.” If you also asked these kind of people what their favorite candy bar is, they’d tell you Time Crunch. This problem can escalate to the point where they can’t accomplish anything unless they’re under an unhealthy amount of self-inflicted stress. They prefer to live their entire lives…UNDER PRESSURE!

*click this link to get the joke*

Now that my obligatory 70’s rock band reference is over, it’s time to get more serious. I’ve taken a very lighthearted look at an issue that we all may deal with at some point in our lives, but chronic procrastination can wreck more than just your GPA. Humans aren’t meant to live under the type of stress that that this problem can create, and chronic procrastination can be a sign of underlying psychological problems, such as anxiety, ADD, ADHD, or even depression. If you ever feel like you have too much to handle in your life, I encourage you to call some of the campus resources I’ve listed below! These are all free for K-State students, and can drastically improve your quality of life.

Office of Student Life  – 785-532-6432

Counseling Services – 785-532-6927

Student Access Center – 785-532-6441


Check in soon for some productivity tips perfect for defeating procrastination!




Tests, life, and the like

As I sat in Hale anticipating my first accounting test, I stared blankly at the closed textbook in front of me; notes strewn across the table, blank notecards standing in a neat stack, and my highlighter sitting with its cap on. For some reason, instead of diving in to analyzing bank reconciliations and internal control procedures, remnants of my professor’s test preparation tips swam about my thoughts. He explained that this test won’t be like most tests. (Cue panic mode.) It will challenge us to not just regurgitate the material, but truly understand and comprehend it. He encouraged us to push ourselves to think past the course material and think about what the information truly means, not merely what it says. The class’s pre-test tension was high, and his advice was met with puzzled looks and sighs of anxiety.

The more I reflected on his test style and advice, the more I began to think about the incredible lesson lying beneath this moment. Many times we cringe when approaching a test with anything but multiple choice questions, but think about it:

How many times in life are there 4 perfectly concise options laid out before making a tough decision?

If you’re anything like me, such situations are few and far between. Most times in life, we are faced with tough decisions and must make them without full knowledge of all possible options or much time for reflection. In that moment, I understood: this professor has our best interest in mind, and is making a conscious effort to better equip us for the real world; not some world in which we answer to option B, or option C. This test serves as a beautiful example of what college is about. It isn’t about memorizing bulleted lists or terms to get an A on a test—-it’s about growing to become better at handling tough situations, learning from our mistakes, and using things that appear at first to be obstacles (accounting tests) as opportunities for growth. I then opened my textbook, picked up my highlighter, and began to study.

In summation: the next time a professor tells you their test “won’t be like most tests”, smile to yourself and be grateful for the opportunity.

xoxo, ellen

Do Something Great

I just wanted to congratulate all of the nominees and award winners from last nights Awards Banquet. Through my experiences at K-State, I have found that just by being involved on campus truly impacts the students and faculty that surround you. To all of the incoming freshman and even the students considering joining an organization, my advice to you is this: Do something great while you attend K-State. You don’t have to find the cure for cancer, but try to make an impact on the people around you. Get to know people you don’t normally hang out with, plan a community service project, tutor someone who needs help in a class. Just do something. It makes your college experience that much better, le trust.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou