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First-year living? Res Halls are the place to be!

My freshman year at K-State would not have been the same without the amazing residence halls! Read on to learn about my experience living in Moore Hall, and what you can expect from Res Hall life!

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Strength in Circles

Pi. Pie. Yin and Yang. Donuts. Smiley Faces. All of these things are circular, and all of them are very useful in our lives. Read on to learn about my favorite circular source of strength at K-State!


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REquired or REally cool: Why not both?

Sometimes, college classes have events that are required outside of class. Here’s the good part—they aren’t normally bummers! In my experience, out-of-class activities have been a blast. Read on to discover some of my coolest experiences in attending events that were required for a class!

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Presenting to Professionals? Did I really do that?

Why yes, yes I did, thanks to K-State! Read on to hear about my experience presenting at a national conference with members of the K-State English Department!

From left: Professor Steffi Dippold, Sarah Peterson, yours truly, Cheyenne White, and Hunter Nelson. These are the awesome people that I was lucky enough to present with in Tulsa.

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What Makes K-State Great: Dr. Emily Lehning


Associate Vice President for Student Life and

Director of New Student Services

From Olivet, Kansas

Strengths: Maximizer, Arranger, Individualization, Learner, and Achiever

This phenomenal woman is someone that you need to know.

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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”

Dedicated to My Fellow Juniors #CreateYourLegacy

Junior year is a special year for us in college.
We’ve mastered the Wabash and can recite the K-state fight song in our sleep.
ISIS is a piece of cake. Adding classes, no problem.
We finally know our way around campus without looking at the online map.
We’ve established our favorite study place in Hale (if anyone beats you there, you become slightly unraveled).
No money in the bank, but you know you have that $10 of free printing.
But here’s the thing, as awesome as that is…
There are some weird feelings about being a Junior too.
We’re leaving K-state in not too long… Most of us are over half way done.
Now more than ever, I think it’s crucial to try to focus on why you came to K-state. You chose to be a part of this family for a reason. Spend any extra time that you have (I know it’s not that much, but the little time you do), creating a legacy. Utilize your energy and help the new generation create the experience you had. Focus on what made you fall in love with our campus in the first place, and do what you can to help it grow..
Yes, K-state is evolving and changing… just like we are.
With the time we have left, make the effort to keep going strong. Don’t phase out. This is our time to push even harder to make K-state a closer and greater family.
#CreateYourLegacy #EMAW

7 Things Every College Student Should Be Thankful For

There’s something about the holiday season that always makes me reflect on all the things that are great about life. Maybe it’s all the cocoa and curling up next to the fire, but I always get a fuzzy feeling when I think about all the things I’m grateful for as a college student.

So here’s my list of seven things EVERY college student should appreciate:

Ever felt like this? Always remember: Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...

1. You have a full time job- Being a Student!

Once we’re shoved into what everyone keeps calling the “real world”, we’re going to miss the days of finals, all-nighters and, most of all, BREAKS! When is the last time you heard of a business professional getting a 3 week vacation on an annual basis? It just doesn’t happen. And unlike class, work is never cancelled.

Remember, you are lucky enough to be able to study at a University as phenomenal as this one. That isn’t always the case and I know there are a million people  who would jump at the chance to receive such an education. Cherish it, my friends. Education is like gold.

2. Anything and Everything Free

I am so so so grateful for everything I have received at no cost to me just for being a student or walking across campus. I know I need all the help I can get on a college kid’s budget, so THANK YOU to all of the organizations who donate funds and provides us with Wildcat swag.

3. Strolls (or Sprints) Across Campus

Running around from class to class may be a bit stressful at times, but with a campus as gorgeous as ours, it’s worth the walk. I can’t count the numbers of times I have I seen a sight that just takes my breath away. Just take a look!

4. Anything open for 24 hours

Hale has to be one of my best friends on campus. Why, you might ask? Because I can always depend on Hale. I’s there when I wake up, when I need help with my homework, when I forgot I have to print off a report and and have to be in class in five minutes, and for some, even a place to have sleepovers.  Hale never judges me for what I look like and never kicks me out even though it may be late and waaaay past our bedtimes.  Hale library: thank you for being a friend

5. K-State Culture

Manhattan is such a fascinating place. Here you will find people from all over the world-people here for education, employment and enjoyment. With all that makes us different, there is one thing every Manhattan inhabitant shares: a love for our purple and white. Manhattan is dripping with Wildcat pride and one of the only places I know where purple is always in style (and has been for a long time). What a wonderful place to call home away from home.

6. Oodles of Opportunity

If you had asked me what I would do at K-State a few years ago, I would have told you a number of things (what I’d major in, when I’d graduate, etc…), but this year, I have realized how much I have done (not to brag). Never in my life did I expect to experience half of what I’ve done at K-State and I can’t even to begin to guess what will come next. K-State has afforded me and many other students with so many opportunities. Not only are we, as students, encouraged to get involved in our academics, we are given the chance to grow, learn, explore and do!

7. Your Faithful Followers

No, I’m not talking about those individuals on your Twitter account. I’m referring to all the people in your life who are your biggest fans (family members, friends, faculty/staff, mentors). I know for a fact that I would be no where near as where I am today without constant encouragement, love and support from my family at home and the one I’ve come to know here. If you have anyone in your life that has gotten you to this point, show them how much you appreciate them. These times will test you in ways you never imagined, and you’ll need their guidance and advice to get you through, believe me.

Thank You!  Gracias!  Dankie!  Grazie!  Merci!  Obrigado!  Gratias Agimus Tibi

To everyone who has ever said a kind word, shared a kind heart and changed me for the better. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and only hope I can return your love and compassion.  I recently happened upon this quote from Buddha:  “Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

I believe that you have epitomized his words and you inspire me to live out your example.



There’s No Place Like London: International Leadership Conference and More

A few weeks ago, when I hopped on a plane at MHK and crossed the pond to England, I had only a few expectations: to be amazed, inspired and informed. I have to say, my experience at the International Leadership Association exceeded any expectation I had or ever dreamed of.

Our team of School of Leadership Studies students participated in the student case competition where 11 undergraduate teams vied for the opportunity to represent their university in applying leadership theory to a current global crisis. Everything about this conference was way beyond I ever imagined. There were so many people to meet (distinguished scholars, fellow students, even K-State alumni!) from different parts of the world. I feel like I have gained so much knowledge and experience in just three days. It’s going to take me weeks to process it all (I’m still working on it).

Campus Chalking-Oxford style

Student teams were judged on three sectors: written brief, poster presentation and final presentation (pending judges approval). In the end, it was us, Claremont McKenna, and  Georgia Tech University in top billing for the final round. It was really neat to see how each team interpreted the rubric for the case. All of the presentations were creative and innovative, making the judges’ jobs really tough.


Team Picadilly in an English telephone booth. Classic

At the final keynote assembly, we were all sitting on the edge of our seat, anxiously awaiting the results of our hard work. All of the weeks, days, hours we spent culminated in this moment. The night before, our faculty advisors told us that in this moment, it didn’t matter where we ranked, because we had already won in their eyes. We really have some of the greatest faculty members in the entire world right here on campus.

The gentleman announcing the top team was from Fort Hays State and as we were hanging on his every word, he proceeded to say, “The winners of the student case competition are…from my home state” and I jumped up with (probably too much) happiness.  I couldn’t believe we had done it! WE ARE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS?

K-S-U Wildcats!

Alright, champions may be too strong of a word, but we did K-State proud all thanks to the superb leadership we have right here-we even made it on the K-State homepage! It just goes to show that you can travel the world, but there is only one Kansas State University. Our success is but a mere reflection of what we have learned right here, at home.

Way to go Team Picadilly! Thanks for all the great times and an awesome journey. I’ll never forget all we saw, smelled, ate, and did. It was truly an honor to be a part of the team. I’m just bloated with glee because of it!

Cheers! And…GO CATS!!!

Ye Ol Londontown

I have experienced so many firsts this week- first international flight, first trip to another country, and first time realizing how much I love London!

Our ILA (International Leadership Association) conference is but a day away, so the wildcats are at play. Our hotel is only a couple blocks from Buckingham palace! In a few hours, we’ve seen the Eye, Westminster Abbey, the Thames river, The London Tower and the Tower Bridge among a ton of other things I don’t the names of. This country, this city-the only word I can use to describe it is glorious.
This shall be the beginning of many adventures abroad for me. I can’t even express how much I love different languages and cultures. London only marks the start of my international antics. Look out London-Team Picadilly is here to take the conference (and town) by storm. GO CATS!

P.S: Pictures to come in the near future 🙂