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Beyond The Football Game

Tailgate outside Bill Snyder Family Stadium. K-State vs Texas Tech. 10.8.16

For a while since I’ve moved back to Manhattan I had not fully understood football or the experience around a football game. I had not grown up watching the sport so I did not know enough about it. Well, having been at K-State for a while now and given how much everyone around town gets excited about the football program here, I could not help but get on the bandwagon -and to be honest, it has been a fun ride. So here are three things I learned being a K-State football fan. Continue reading “Beyond The Football Game”

Home is Where the Heart is

Homecoming has come to a finish for the 99th year.  The Wildcats won 23-0 against Texas and the weather was perfect.  This year’s overall homecoming theme was K-State Coast to Coast.  It represented the journey across the nation to K-State and how we have “family” across the nation and around the world.  12 Greek Pairings, 4 Residence Life Pairings and 17 Student Organizations participated in the week’s events.

The week kicked off with the annual 5K Run/Walk with almost 900 participants.  Sunday ended with Pant the Chant at Bramlage Coliseum in which Greek Pairings and Student Organizations competed in a contest similar to a step-show.  Tuesday brought Paint the ‘Ville and Wildcat Request Live to Bramlage Coliseum.  Paint the ‘Ville is a competition where participants receive a window within Aggieville and have 7 hours to paint a picture on it according with the Homecoming theme.  Wildcat Request Live is a talent show in which Greek Pairings create a dance routine to a song of their choice incorporating their theme for the week.  Thursday, hundreds of little ghouls and goblins came to the K-State Student Union to take part in the Children’s Carnival which is co-sponsored by the Union Program Council. Each group participating sets up a booth in which children from the community can do some fun and creative activity and usually receive a prize.  The Children’s Carnival theme for this year was Party in the U.S.A.  The parade made its way through Manhattan on Friday evening followed by the pep rally where the winners of Homecoming were announced.  The overall winners for 2014 include Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Sigma in the Greek division, Strong, Moore and Smurthwaite in the Residence Life division and Men’s Crew in the Student Organization division.  The Cats played an amazing game against Texas on Saturday morning and came out victorious.  I took the picture below on the field during the second quarter.

Serving on the Homecoming committee was a great honor for myself and an even greater way to serve the K-State community.  I would encourage everyone to apply to be on the committee in future years.

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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!

It’s Over!

After over six months of preparation, the Sleep Out for the Homeless has come and gone.  Silver Key raised over $3,000 in donations for the Manhattan Emergency Shelter!  The actual event was this past Friday night when 30 of us slept outside in order to gain an insight and raise awareness for the homeless population in Manhattan.  It went better than I could have ever imagined thanks to the hard work of the members of Silver Key.  The event featured the Mayor proclaiming it “Homeless Awareness Day”, a speaker from the Manhattan Emergency Shelter, and Salsa Dancing lessons!  It was a ton of fun, but I’m really glad it’s all over.  I feel like there’s been a million pounds lifted off my shoulders!

I’ve got two tests coming up this week, and a paper due on Friday.  It sounds like a lot, but with the Sleep Out being over with I feel like I have all the time in the world!  I’ve finally caught up on some much needed sleep, and I’m starting to get over my cold.  The Cats won a huge game this weekend, and are now ranked 7th in the nation!!!  Things are really starting to look up, and I’ll be sure to post some pics of the Sleep Out once I get them!

A Month Into Sophomore Year!

I can’t believe it; I’ve already been back in Manhattan for almost an entire month!  I’ve been having a blast, but it seems like I was just getting back from Summer Break last week.  With everything that’s been going on the past few weeks I haven’t managed to sleep or workout very much at all, and to make matters worse there’s a cold going around the house right now!  I’m taking my vitamins though; now would be a bad time for me to get sick.  We had our first date party on Friday night after a week of awesome brotherhood activities at the house!  Unfortunately due to the weather, our Hawaiian themed night couldn’t be held outside.  We ended up going to a really cool karaoke bar and having a great time though!

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The Cats did it again this week, with a crucial victory on Saturday afternoon!  Collin Klein played incredible; he even won ESPN’s Big 12 Player of the Week Award.  After some teams in front of us lost this week, we jumped up to the #15 spot in the nation!  We’ve got a really tough schedule this year and some really big shoes to fill from last year’s team, but Bill Snyder and the Wildcats are looking like a real powerhouse after the first two games!  Unfortunately we could only manage to get third row seats for this game, but it was still a great game to be at.

Greek Intramural Games start up this week- our first football game is tonight, and our first soccer game is Wednesday night!  It’s a ton of fun participating and watching intramural sports; I think my house has got a good shot at winning it all this year!  Homecoming activities are sure to be starting up pretty soon; the theme this year is “Adventure”.  Organizations, responsibilities, and schoolwork are all keeping me busy as ever!  I’ll leave you with a link to a YouTube video that shows my cool adventure on the field of Bill Snyder Memorial Stadium at the first game!

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!

What it means to be a Wildcat, Part 1.

There is something so different about a K-State student than a student at any other university. Although it may be difficult to put into words, I have made it my mission to make a fair attempt at it. If you are lucky enough to call yourself a Wildcat, you understand what I’m getting at. And to begin–I will say it means much more than simply being enrolled here. So, so much more.

I will begin with my inspiration for these series of posts; one of the easiest examples of this “it” factor to observe:

1)  LOYALTY / STEADFAST SPIRIT

This is a picture of a friend and I enduring the less-than-desirable weather on Saturday for the Iowa State football game. We were joined by literally hundreds of other students decked out in scarves, ponchos, and rain boots. Despite the hour and a half delay and steady drizzle throughout the afternoon, the student section was still packed. You may be asking yourself, “Yeah…so what. Why is that so cool?”

I’ll tell you why. It ‘s more than full-capacity seating at football games—it means that each and every student was willing to put their red cheeks and frozen toes second to cheering on their ‘Cats. It means that they were willing to stay an extra 15 fight songs after the game got over just to join their fellow students in swaying to and singing our Alma Mater. There is an incredible presence of spirit and devotion throughout the K-State student community, and it is made obvious every time we join together. This presence is special, rare, and infinite exclusively at this university.

Although I have blogged about this before, I CANNOT STRESS IT ENOUGH. To end this post, I will confess- very few things in this world beat the experience of being surrounded by all of that purple after a Wildcat Victory. That feeling of sheer pride, love, and camaraderie is one to be cherished.

xoxo, ellen

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!

Lucky Number 4! #EMAW

As many of you hopefully know, the ‘Cats pulled off a HUGE win over the Texas A&M Aggies last night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. What many of you might not know is how incredible it was to be in the iCat Student Section during the entire thing.

My love for K-State Football started at a young age. When I attended games with my family, I always watched the student section in awe and dreamed of someday getting to sit in those coveted seats—the band, the field, and the intensity of the game just yards away. Last night was the epitome of that euphoric feeling coming to life. We showed up about an hour before the game started and scored 6th row seats (which was pretty lucky). After not one, not two, but FOUR overtimes, the ‘Cats pulled off the win. It was simply incredible. Although I was exhausted after 5 hours of screaming and my hands were a little sore from giving so many high fives…that’s something you can’t really complain about.

If you are a potential student–I cannot stress enough about how fun attending games and sitting in the student section is. Kansas State has the best seating for students across the Big 12 (and arguably the nation). Even if you don’t know the difference between a touchdown and a home run…I promise you will have the time of your life.

Click here to watch the WINNING TD in 4OT! Even if you were there…re-watching it still brings some intense urges to Wabash.

with peace, love, and EMAW forever.
xoxo, ellen