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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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Take LEAD 212!

Enrollment is right around the corner for students here at K-State. This is always a bitter sweet time for students, excited to work out their schedules but being at the mercy of tricky times and trying to get that ideal time of each class.

This time makes me reflect back upon the first time I enrolled as an incoming freshman 4 years ago. Boy does time fly! It was both scary and exciting all at the same time.

A question that many incoming freshman have is: What is the structure of classes in college? Answer: It varies, but K-State offers a really unique class that is targeted at freshman and helping them ask the “why” question behind leadership in their life.

This class is called Introduction to Leadership Concepts or “LEAD 212”. It is offered through the School of Leadership Studies here at K-State. This is one of the most beneficial classes that you can take as a freshman. This class put emphasis on asking the question, “Leadership for what?” I think this is a great question that freshman can ask themselves. The answer to that question will provide direction and guidance for students to determine what activities they choose to get involved in during college.

One of the coolest things about this is that the second half of the class is actually taught by a student in Leadership Studies! I have the opportunity to be one of these students, commonly referred to as a “Class Leader”. Students like me have the opportunity to share our understanding of leadership with 10-12 freshman in our small groups. The saying, “You really don’t know something until you have to teach it” really holds true to this opportunity. I have learned so much about myself during this process, as well as sharing my knowledge with my students.

As many of you are pondering where to go to college, I would encourage you to examine K-State and it’s School of Leadership Studies. K-State is committed to it’s students to not only have a great education in their specific field, but be able to be a leader in any field due to the skills and theories that Leadership Studies has to offer.

And it all starts with enrolling in this class! Check it out!

http://www.k-state.edu/leadership/minor/courseRequirements.html

Have a good week! Go Cats!

Heidi

Why I’m an Evernote Addict

Time to reveal to the world – as if everyone didn’t already know – how nerdy I truly am: today in my blog, I’m going to talk about my love for Evernote, and more importantly, the need for all K-Staters to have a note-taking system of some sort, whether on paper or computer.

First, what is Evernote? It’s a note-taking software program that allows me to take notes in class, “clip” interesting web articles I want to read later, make audio recordings of what professors say, and much more. It’s accessible from smart phones, tablets, and computers, and it’s what I’ve come to rely on to take notes in classes and meetings, as well as to capture any sort of inspirational lessons I encounter throughout the day at K-State.

Enough about Evernote, though – above all, K-State has taught me the importance of capturing everything down on paper (or electronically) that I can throughout the day. It seems like wherever I go, whether it be class, an interesting lecture on campus, or just hanging out with friends, I learn bit of information I want to capture. I feel I’ve learned even more outside the classroom at K-State than I have while within it, and I don’t want it to go to waste. I’ve even found value in taking time at the end of each day to journal my thoughts – as you might have guessed, I usually do so on Evernote. Journaling helps me get all my thoughts out (let’s be real – my friends don’t need to hear me talk more than I already do!) and allows me to process through everything I’ve involved in…I’d recommend it!

An average day at K-State is busy with note-worthy happenings and chalked full of inspirational interactions with others; I’ve learned to do my best capture them.

-Eli

Preparing For Finals

It’s December – wait, what?!?! Since coming to college, my favorite month of the year has at times been far from care-free, brought on largely by the stress of finals week and end-of-the-semester academic requirements. To be honest, I’ve never really felt like my professors asked too much of me – I’ve mostly felt like my prioritizing and time management skills haven’t always quite been up to par. Today, I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve learned so far at K-State for effective end-of-the-semester management – I’m by no means an expert at this, and I’ve often found that just because I know that I should be studying doesn’t necessarily mean I do, so take my advice with a grain of salt! Here goes:

Hale Library - frequent study spot!

1. Prioritize and plan your days: with so many competing classes, work requirements and extra-curricular activities vying for your time, the simple ability to not only make a to-do list, but to make one that is prioritized, is really important. I’ve found that no matter how busy I get or how much studying I have to do, I can find comfort in a list of what I need to get done in order of importance.

2. Be disciplined: once I’ve made my list, reality sets in – I actually have to do it. No matter how good being organized may feel, hard work and discipline is still the one and only essential ingredient in the quest for success. Take your prioritized list one step at a time, take reasonable breaks, and stay active – it’ll be worth it!

3. Sleep, Eat, and Exercise: the boring stuff, right? As fun as pulling all-nighters may seem (OK, maybe people other than me don’t find that fun) and while sacrificing a bit of sleep to study more can occasionally be worth it, it’s just not maintainable over the long haul – at least not that I’ve found. In addition to getting enough sleep (or close to it), healthy eating and exercise are two other important parts of college life – especially at the end of the semester.

So there’s my advice! Nothing earthshaking or incredibly innovative, but rather the truth that I’ve found to work for me. I like a challenge – the opportunity to push myself excites me, and finals week and the end of another semester provides just that!

-Eli

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!

What to Expect on your First Day of Class

It is so hard to believe the first day of the fall semester is only two days away! For many experienced K-State students this means picking up books, gathering school supplies, and trying to cram in as much last minute summer fun as possible. However, for students about to embark upon their first day of class at K-State, a mix of excitement and nerves may be present.

As I enter my fifth year at K-State, the first day of class is no big deal. (I’ve had a lot of practice!) Although when I think back to my first day of class at K-State, I definitely had butterflies in my stomach. So many thoughts and questions constantly rushed through my mind. Where should I sit? Do I bring my computer? What will my professor be like? The list goes on and on. If you are reading this post though – do not fear! I am prepared to offer some advice as a seasoned veteran of first days.

First, remember YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE. There are a TON of new students – both incoming freshman and transfer students – starting their first day of class as well. Not to mention, it is a whole new set of classes meaning a whole new set of classmates for upperclassmen. Everyone has a few nerves on the first day of class.

Second, make a friend! Not only will class be more enjoyable, but it will be easier if you make friends. When you enter the classroom, look for someone you feel you could connect with or who is friendly, take a seat next to him or her and make small talk until the professor begins class. During the next class session sit by the same person. Now you will have someone new to spend time with in class – and maybe even outside of class too. For all you know you just met your new best friend!

Another common concern for students is what to take with them on the first day of class. Every professor is different, so go to class as though it is a regular day of course information. While some professors will only go over the syllabus and course expectations during the first day of class, others will start going over information and you do not want to be unprepared. If you have a laptop, most professors are open to you brining it to class to help you take notes. They will specifically tell you at the beginning of class if they do not want you to bring a laptop. Foreign languages typically do not let students to bring laptops to class – but always ask your professor on the first day to know his or her preferences. If a teacher does not allow laptops in his or her classroom, there is always the good old fashioned notebook and pen/pencil method! I prefer to take notes this way, as I think it helps me absorb the information better. However, try out a couple of options to see what works best for you.

Finally – have fun! This is your first day of college, people! Some of the most amazing four (or in my case 4 1/2) years of your life are beginning. Embrace all of the opportunities before you, as for the first time you are able to decide the courses you want to take and what direction you want your life to go. Not to mention you get to set your own schedule, so sleeping in might finally be an option for the first time in years.

Feel free to comment with any additional questions or comments. Let me know how your first day of class goes – I hope these tips make things run a little more smoothly!

xoxo,

Maddy

PS. Shout out to Ellen for giving me the idea for the sign off. I saw this is how she signs her blog posts circa Gossip Girl, which is one of my favorite shows! I hope you don’t mind if I copy you. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? 🙂