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Fall Semester Photo Recap

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The semester is over, I walked out of my last class this Friday and it felt so surreal that I am now five semesters down and only three to go. Time flies when you are having fun, time truly flies when you are at Kansas State. Here’s a recap of my Fall semester in photos. Continue reading “Fall Semester Photo Recap”

Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life

I love what I do, and I feel really grateful that I can say that. That thought made me think even more about why it is I am yet to dread anything I do and unlike a lot of people I do not have any miserable tasks hanging over my head. This is an “explore as you write” kind of blog-post where I just threw a random thought or feeling onto my laptop screen and at this point I do not even know where I am going with this.

Is it that I find the silver lining in everything? Is it that I am too easily entertained? (I would put my money on that.) Or is it that I coincidentally have a knack for everything I do? (I would NOT put any money on that- at all.) Continue reading “Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”

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 

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:

THE FOUR LEVELS OF PROCRASTINATION

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!

BoomCatsMeow,
Chance

 

 

“Drowning” in Campus Activities

So today has started off as a rainy day, but that has not kept me down. I began my day by visiting the Union Program Council office on the third floor of the Union to find out what was on my agenda for today. Just have to send off a few contracts, request a check or two and finish getting ready for tomorrow’s event.
The Union Program Council hosts around 180 events per year which works out to about 5 per week. These events can be entertaining, educational or both. Some of my favorite events have been laser tag, paintball and comedian Jessi Campbell. I also enjoyed the lecture given by Bill Nye last year and the Lindsey Sterling concert we had earlier this semester.
I personally help plan events for the After Hours committee. This committee plans a substance-free event every Friday night. The events are free and open to the public for the most part. Tomorrow night we will be doing our annual Grocery Bingo. At this event, we give away over $500 worth of groceries and prizes to lucky winners. I can’t wait to see the students come out and get excited.
Well I better go now because I’m about to give a campus tour. See you later Wildcats!

The Great Journalism Geek-Out of 2014

As a student, I love the approachability of K-State faculty and staff. Everyone, from the professors to the administrative assistants to the ice cream scooper at Call Hall, is eager to help and dedicated to student success.

As a dual journalism and public relations major, I love working for The Kansas State Collegian. The Collegian gives paid, real-world experience, portfolio materials, and fun memories to its reporters.

Recently, these two loves merged when I interviewed Provost April Mason for a Collegian story on K-State 2025. The provost is the senior academic administer and second-in-command at K-State. She was so nice and helpful. The fact that someone in the administration was took time to talk with a little journalism nerd like me was so cool. I completely geeked out. This is a prime example of how everyone at K-State, from janitors to higher-ups in the administration, are devoted to students.

“So, this is a weird question, but I am really excited to meet you. Will you take a picture with me?” – Me

“Oh, sure!” – Provost Mason

Read my Collegian article on K-State 2025 here.

A year in the life

As the new year gently unravels, many tend to reflect upon the past 12 months as a way to bring closure and look ahead to what’s to come. As a self-proclaimed list aficionado, I find myself clicking on almost every “year-end” article shared on Facebook and take great interest in how others recap their year—whether through a list of favorite albums, movies, or even moments in pop culture.  As a college student, all of those things play a large part in my day-to-day life; but as you can probably assume, school plays the main role. In hopes of shedding some light on what a year in college actually looks like, I’m going to share with you a (somewhat Sparknotes) rendition of the most significant moments of my year at K-State:

THE ‘CATS: We kicked off the year by going to watch our beloved ‘Cats battle in the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. Tons of students road trip down (even though the drive was more than 13 hours!) so it was a blast getting to cheer on our football team with thousands of members of the Family.  Additionally, attending games throughout the year is always a highlight and has created some of my fondest memories.

MAJORS AND MINORS: At the beginning of the year, I finally made the transition from a Marketing major to a Pre-Journalism and Mass Communications student. I begin taking classes in the JMC school in the spring and later applied and officially became an Advertising major in the fall. Although it took me a little longer to finally figure it out, I couldn’t be happier with my academic path and, at last, feel fully connected with my curriculum, fellow students, and faculty.

GREEK LIFE: After falling in love with our chapter’s national philanthropy as a underclassman, I decided to apply for Philanthropy Chair—and was lucky enough to get it! Our chapter has an event each semester, so I was in charge of coordinating both and getting the chapter excited. We helped raise over $6,500 for our national philanthropy, Make-A-Wish, and my position came to a close in December after a full year of hard work. (I also discovered that event planning is definitely NOT my forte.)

STUDENT GOVERNING ASSOCIATION: In late October of 2012, I began working for a team campaigning for Student Body President and Vice President. Campaign season is in full force during January and February, and closes in March. Working as a campaign manager was by far the most challenging, time-consuming leadership position I had ever taken on, but after winning the election and watching two close friends and incredible mentors take office, it quickly solidified my love for student government at K-State and paid off 110%.


STUDENT FOUNDATION: 
In early spring, our organization hosts the K-State Proud campaign, which helps raise money for fellow K-State students who are struggling financially to keep them on campus. I then got to take on the position of Vice President of Membership, which means I basically get to plan fun socials and retreats for our group, along with new member recruitment, selections, and training. In late summer, we took a trip to New Orleans for a national conference where we got to present our organization’s practices and learn from dozens of other similar programs from universities across the nation.

EMPLOYMENT: I spent the year working for New Student Services in Anderson Hall and returned for my 2nd summer serving as a Wildcat Warm-up Counselor for Orientation and Enrollment. Over the course of the year, I was able to give several campus tours, sit on student panels, and help coordinate visits for all of the talented students interested in K-State. Nothing beats the challenge of recruiting the top students to K-State, and hopefully this post has helped express why I’m so passionate about it.

The point of this recap wasn’t to celebrate or show off the feats of my year; rather, to show you how many unbelievable opportunities there are to take advantage of at this university every single day. While I can easily express the things I did over the past year, I cannot even begin to express the personal development I’ve achieved through fully immersing myself in undergraduate life. At the end of the day (or year, I suppose), I owe every ounce of my growth and success to the relationships with the lifelong mentors, leaders, and friends that make this place the unique and special place I will forever call home—from 2013, to 2014, and forever and ever until I’m old and graduated and gray and blogs aren’t even cool anymore.  ‘Cats, man.

xoxo, ellen