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Love Your Melon

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Meet Mackenzie, a junior majoring in Marketing and minoring in Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. Combing two of her passions, helping cancer patients and supporting the K-State family, she has helped introduce “Love Your Melon” to our campus. Not only does Mack have an incredible story to share, she represents that despite tragic events; hope, love and hard work will prevail. I’m proud of Mack for sharing her story and blessed to call her one of my best friends. -Cajsa


What is something that you are really passionate about? Maybe in your college career you are unsure of what that looks like for you at this point. As a junior, I am just discovering what that is. Before I graduate Kansas State University, I set a goal that I wanted to make a lasting impression and leave something behind at K-State that made it better than when I started here. Personally I am passionate about helping cancer patients, their families and those left behind because of cancer. I personally have been impacted and experienced loss because of cancer. My mom lost her battle to cancer in 2008 and ever since her diagnosis in 1997 I have looked for ways to continue working with people affected by cancer. One day while on Facebook I stumbled across an organization called Love Your Melon a nonprofit started by college students that sells hats, t-shirts and other gear. This grabbed my attention because it was started by students, which was very relatable to me. They have a buy one; give one philosophy so every hat they sell they donate one to a child going through chemotherapy and other cancer treatment. I was so energized by the whole mission of the organization and having a passion for non-profits this stood out to me. The more I looked into it I found that they had campus ambassador crews. Noticing that K-State didn’t have a crew I emailed the site looking to start a team. Luckily I was able to connect with some other women from K-State looking to get involved in the organization. We started in January of this year and are quickly approaching our goal of selling 100 hats at 95 right now! We are planning our first donation event to be able to bring the kids hats at Children’s Mercy in Overland Park. Once we reach 300, Love Your Melon will make a special KSU beanie. The reason I am so passionate about bringing this to K-State is because I have already seen amazing support from the community and I believe in K-State family. For me, losing my mom and moving away from home to come to college was a big challenge and it wouldn’t have gone as well without the wonderful people that make up the K-State family. KSU truly is my home away from home and I want to do what I can to make it better than when I started here. We all sincerely appreciate the support you have already shown.

If you are looking to get involved, follow us on social media at @KSULYMCREW on Instagram, @KSULYM_Crew on Twitter, and Kansas State University Love Your Melon Campus Crew on Facebook.

If you are interested in making a purchase, check out www.loveyourmelon.com. They will be releasing a new summer line soon!

Fighting Ever Fighting,

Mackenzie 

Coffee. Need I Say More?

Dear Friends,
 
In the spirit of December, I extend a warm invitation to encourage you to spend time with your friends and family over the next few weeks. Especially as finals are quickly approaching… It’s important to surround yourself with positive people!
 
If you’re struggling trying to find things to do or places to meet, look no more. After hearing raving reviews I decided to check out Arrow Coffee Co., a local (I’m all about the local) coffee shop, that has it’s own unique spin on traditional coffee. Check this video out for more details.  http://vimeo.com/71831133
 
The minute you walk in you feel at home. With a genuine down to earth feel, my friends and I were welcomed immediately. 
 
Needless to say, the coffee was great and the music was on point.
Definitely check this place out!
 
Cheers, 
Cajsa
P.S. Your first drink is FREE, no strings attached. 

 

Purposeful Peers

At K-State, we pride ourselves on having a “family atmosphere” and being “different” from other universities. While it sounds cheesy, I’ve always believed these claims. My interactions outside of class with professors, with the advisors of the organizations I’m involved in, and with my fellow students have left no doubt in my mind that Manhattan is a special place. It never hurts, however, to be reminded of that fact. Two recent experiences I’ve had have done just that.

First, I’m enrolled in LEAD 405 this semester, Leadership in Practice (part of K-State’s awesome Leadership Studies minor -check it out!). The class is already stretching me outside my comfort zone (in a good way)! One of our tasks for the semester is to work in small groups to address a need we see in the community, and through the volunteering of our time, take action to make Manhattan a better place. Yesterday in class, we spent over an hour discussing all the needs we saw in the community. I wasn’t surprised by the quantity of needs that were listed – I was shocked by the amount of passion seemingly everyone in my class had for dedicating their free time to tackling the issues at hand. I’m excited to work with a community volunteer group called Hand to Hand this semester to tutor children in area schools who are struggling academically!

Second, I was reminded again of the caring nature of K-Staters when I attended my first meeting of Wildcat Buddies on Sunday. Wildcat Buddies is an organization started by one of my fellow Blue Key members, Courtney Frantz, that pairs K-State students up with special needs adults in the Manhattan community, providing them with a friend to hang out with a couple of times a month. I think the organization provides an incredible volunteer opportunity and I believe it fills an often-overlooked need in the Manhattan community. I’m excited to get started, and I’m proud to know the organization’s founder!

The spirit of volunteerism and sacrificing personal comfort to help others is another part of the K-State experience that I feel blessed to be a part of each day! K-State is different, and I’m continually reminded of it.

-Eli

Is it Spring Already?

We’re already half way through the semester…. WHAT?!  It’s 80 degrees outside right now…. WHAT?!  I haven’t slept in four days…. WHAT?! That last one was a bit of an exaggeration, but since my last post I’ve barely had any spare time on my hands.

I found out that I made Silver Key Honorary!  I’m really excited about being a part of this group.  Silver Key is a leadership organization on campus that is centered around community service.  250 people applied, 90 people got interviews, and only around 30 made it, so I’m extremely fortunate to be a part of this group.  I’m still applying for tons of things on top of that though.  It seems like every time I check my email, there’s another opportunity for a scholarship, leadership position, or advisory board spot, and I’m only a freshman!  That’s one of the greatest parts about K-State in my mind; there are sooo many ways to get involved!

I’ve been really busy with school work lately.  I’ve had several tests, quizzes, speeches, and assignments due in the past few weeks.  They always seem to schedule everything at the exact same time too; I think my teachers are out to get me!  I just submitted an 8 page paper and gave a twenty minute presentation in front of my Leadership class, and from here on out it’s smooth sailing until Spring Break!  I’m headed to Colorado for a weekend of skiing right after my last class on Friday, and I can’t wait!

Now that Spring is here, it’s time for you seniors out there to decide where you’re going to live next year.  I’ve got one piece of advice for you guys in particular:

GΘ GΓΣΣΚ!

Joining a fraternity has honestly been one of the greatest experiences of my life.  I’ve developed an incredible amount of friendships, and benefited so much from the Greek System as a whole.  I know that fraternities get a bad reputation sometimes, but it is what you make it.  There’s like thirty different houses that you can join!  Each one of them is different too.  If you want to party every day of your college career, there’s a fraternity for you.  If you want to study for every second of your college career, there’s a fraternity for you.  If you want to have a combination of those two things, there’s a fraternity for you!  And, in each fraternity there’s such a diverse mixture of guys that you can literally fit into whichever one you decide.  Being in a fraternity is a great way to meet new friends, a way to get involved in leadership, a way to get involved in philanthropies and community service, a way to gain valuable networking connections, and so much more.  Ultimately the decision is up to you, but like I said, I would definitely recommend it!  Fraternity Rush has already started, and it’s a super easy process.  By following this link, you can learn more about the recruitment process, and find the simple form to fill out.  Once you submit your information to the Office of Greek Affairs, you’ll start getting phone calls from all sorts of fraternities.  They’ll tell you about events coming up, take you out to dinner, and take you on tours of their houses.  This is a great way to get a feel for which fraternity is right for you, so I’d recommend attending as many events/tours/dinners as you can!

Two Weeks Left :(

I’m coming down to the wire of my first semester at K-State, and I’m so sad that it’s almost over. This means that I only have 7 semesters left! All my classes are winding down, and Winter Break is approaching quickly.

I had a fun Thanksgiving Break- ate waaaay too much and got to relax a little. I had a huge project due in Leadership right when I got back. There was a big paper to write and a 20 minute presentation. After that and a test in Honors Ag Econ, I was pretty much done with my classwork until finals. I won the election for External Philanthropy Chairman of my fraternity, so I’ll be working with others to get my house more involved in community service.  I’ve got two finals coming up this week (so much for dead week), and I’ve got two finals next week. In high school, I couldn’t wait to get a few weeks off from school. But, now that I’m not going to be in Manhattan for a month, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself! I’m planning on making at least one trip down to Texas to see my family over break, but hopefully I’m going to make another one in January to see the Cats play in the Cotton Bowl!  They won their last game of the season on a cold, rainy Saturday.  I was kind of upset that we didn’t get to go to a BCS Bowl; they just had no love for the Big 12 this year. I can’t wait for the bowl though, it’s going to be a huge game.  GO CATS!

Life Doesn’t Slow Down!

Where to begin?! It’s been a while since my last post because I literally haven’t stopped being busy for the past two straight weeks.  I was in Stillwater last weekend for the heart-breaking loss the Cats suffered, but I was also in the front row at our 4 overtime thrilling victory this weekend!  We had our annual philanthropy, The Pancake Feed, this past Friday.  It was a great success!  We served 350 people delicious pancakes, and we raised over $1,400 for the Manhattan Boys and Girls Club.  After the game on Saturday, we had a dinner with the alumni of our house.  The current members were there, along with classes from over 50 years ago and everywhere in between.  It was a really great chance to meet some of my fraternity brothers!  Today, I helped rake leaves for a community service project with my Honors Class.  We raked for older people in Manhattan that couldn’t do it themselves, and it was a great feeling to see how happy we made them!

I’ve had tests, quizzes and papers out the wazoo recently, and I’ve got another four tests this week before Thanksgiving Break…  It’s going to be a long week, I can already tell.  I’ll be heading back to Kansas City on Thursday afternoon for a week long break!  I can’t wait to see my family, my dog, and my high school friends; I also can’t wait to catch up on some of the sleep I’ve been missing the past few weeks.  Wish me luck on getting through this week though!

 

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Here’s a picture of my cousin and I standing outside Oklahoma State’s football stadium!