If you have a part-time job it can be tricky to balance college and work. I found a few really neat tricks to get some quality studying done while at work. It will work well if you have a campus job like me where you can do work with your earbuds in. Continue reading “Study Smarter, Not Harder”
Tag: Greek Life
Yesterday I took a walk around campus with nothing but my camera in my hand and I took dozens of photos of an average day on the K-State campus. Continue reading “Let the love of learning rule humanity.”
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.
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!
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!
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!
I just love this picture!
I also like the fact that I was able to be involved in such a great organization because of K-State. I know I have been drilling this into your head all year, but seriously, GET INVOLVED. K-State has so many wonderful things to offer and so many wonderful people that are just like you, there is honestly nothing to lose. If you are new to campus and are afraid of the uncertainties that await you, don’t fret. College is one of the best experiences I have had thus far, and I have made so many unique friends, and met so many awesome people. Through what? K-STATE. Why? Because K-State is a magical land. Don’t believe me? Haha, nice joke. Of course you believe me. Purple Pride runs deep, mis amigos, real deep. I will miss the Wildcats so much when I leave to embark on a new journey, but hey, I bleed purple, eh?
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:
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!
So much for being able to catch my breath! I’ve been sooo busy ever since I got back from Winter Break. I’ve already written a few papers, moved rooms and settled in at the house, bought all my books and materials for school, given a couple speeches in Honors Public Speaking, applied for like a hundred clubs and scholarships, had a few quizzes and a test, been to an awesome date party (see below), cheered on the Cats in the Octagon of Doom a few times, fulfilled a some of my duties as the External Philanthropy Chairman of my house, attended several meetings including one with Dr. Bosco, started a few big group projects for classes, planned my Spring Break trip to Colorado, caught up on my laundry and shopping, eaten Jimmy John’s waaay too many times, made a bunch of new friends, managed to sleep for a few hours every once in a while, and I’m about to be initiated into my house! – Just to name a few things….
The KU game is coming up this Monday; I can’t wait to be there, and Valentines Day is the day after that! Not to mention, I’ve got a never ending to-do list of upcoming events, tests, and responsibilities. It’s looking like I’m going to have another super busy semester, but I’m still having the time of my life!
My Girlfriend and I looking nerdy at the “Back to School” Date Party
I have officially signed on to complete a trifecta of housing at K-State next year. I signed a lease with three of my fraternity brothers and will be venturing to living off campus next year. I find myself thinking two things:
1. Am I really old enough to do this?
2. This is going to be the greatest year of my life.
I’ve enjoyed all of my organized living experiences while at K-State. I started out living in the Residence Halls. A friend from high school and I were roommates, but we shared a suite with two guys we didn’t know. I loved having the comfort of knowing my roommate, but meeting new people was an awesome experience as well. My time in the Residence Halls helped make me even more outgoing and comfortable meeting new people. I loved my time in the Residence Halls and still am friends with people from my hall. Check out the Residence Hall options at K-State here!
Second semester of Freshman year I moved into my Fraternity. I was not expecting to move at semester, but I took the opportunity to join a place that I knew was best for me. I have loved my time in the fraternity. The leadership opportunities I had helped shape me into the man I am today. Check out Greek Life at K-State here!
I credit both of my housing experiences at K-State for shaping who I am today and I can’t wait to see what this new housing experience has in store for me!
If you have any questions about any housing options at K-State, leave a comment and I will respond as quick as I can.
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!