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Scholarships Are Like Coupons For College

They might not be exactly like coupons, but when it comes down to it, scholarships are the best way to take an enormous tuition bill down by a few thousand dollars. Much like ‘extreme couponing’, however, the process is rigorous and time consuming, but if you are willing to put in the time, you can save some money. Here are some useful tools to help when trying to find scholarships to qualify for. Continue reading “Scholarships Are Like Coupons For College”

Credit Hours Don’t Grow On Trees

As I was walking into the College of Business Building on Friday I ran into Dr Bosco walking out with a mom and her high school junior. He walked up to me to ask how many credit hours I came to K-State with, because he was trying to show the student the importance of transferring in as many credits as possible. So that interaction made me realize the importance of accumulating as many credits in the shortest time possible. It is the best thing one can do to make their life in college easier, and there are so many different ways to do it. Continue reading “Credit Hours Don’t Grow On Trees”

Getting Your Money’s Worth: Part I

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As a Finance major, a good chunk of my college education revolves around the concept of minimizing cost and maximizing profit -or in other words, getting your money’s worth. So this is a concept I think about quite often, and a lot of times it finds its way into my personal life as well. We all like to get our money’s worth when we spend it, especially being college students, but if you are having a hard time running out of month before running out of money, here are some things you can try to maybe stretch your dollar just a little bit further. Continue reading “Getting Your Money’s Worth: Part I”

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”

“The Most Dangerous Worldview is [That] of Those Who Have Not Viewed The World”

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A very important part of growing and developing is learning about the world around us. Sometimes we forget that the world is an unimaginably huge place. There are more than 7 billion other people out there and almost 200 countries, think of that the next time you think Cardwell Hall is crowded. In fact, just think of all the different cultures, attitudes, beliefs, and thought processes out there. People live their lives in very different ways and that makes the way they tackle their issues or the way they get to solutions vastly distinct. Think about how learning about just one or two different cultures or languages can open up a whole new world of possibilities and make you see the world  around you with not just one but two or three sets of eyes.

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Alma mater

I’ve recently began defining my inclination to develop intense, short-term obsessions over things as having an ‘addictive’ personality. I credit this post to my recent ‘addiction’ to the Latin language.

Here I am, sifting through hundreds of Latin phrases, simply amazed at the beauty this language has contributed to the spoken one we claim as our own today. As I’m searching, I come across “Alma mater”. Visions of strangers huddled close together, embracing one another, bound by the song we all share a deep connection with arise in my mind; along with the tune that instantly began streaming in my head:

I know a spot that I love full well,
‘Tis not in forest nor yet in dell;
Ever it holds me with magic spell,
I think of thee, Alma Mater…

The feelings that swept over me instantaneously were not what sparked this post—it was the words I read upon the screen soon after. It was this: “Alma mater” translates into “nurturing mother”. Alma mater was used as a title to different motherly goddesses or figures in ancient Rome…how incredibly fitting is that as the title of which we address our university?

Kansas State is so much more than a higher education institution. While it has countless impressive offerings in academics—its true wealth lies in the deep nurturing it provides to anyone who walks its grounds. K-State instills a drive to serve something bigger than yourself. It inspires you to volunteer your time and talents to aid in your own personal growth and development while giving back to those you share a community with. At this University, when you find that you’ve lost your way, you will find new lights to guide your path in an entirely new direction. The second you reach out your hand when you’re in need, you will receive tenfold in return, with hearts yearning to help you back on your feet. It provides you not only with a safe, welcoming home, but a network full of people who share similar wants and needs who are there to support you through and through.

For future students: I cannot wait for you to join this family. You have so much to look forward to, and you also have some high expectations. I hope you come, find your niche, and hit the ground running; K-State will build you into a better person from the very start of your journey here. Never be afraid to reach out to others for guidance—rest assured you are at a place that hosts open arms and a true sense of belonging to all.

For the students whose time is up: each and every one of you have made a lasting impression on this University. Through its direction and teachings, you have left behind a continuing legacy of excellence. I say with full sincerity and confidence that Manhattan is a better place because of you. And at least for those of you who have made a direct impact on my own life—I cannot thank you enough for the hope and inspiration you’ve provided to fuel me through the rest of my time left. It’s sad to see you go, but all that you’ve learned from the spot that we love full well will take you to incredible places.

Maybe it’s graduation or maybe just finals that are the cause for all of this sap. Regardless, it’s a pretty emotional time. As a close to my freshman year—I end with a heart full of hope and great pride that I can call this place home.

KSU, we’ll carry thy banner high.
KSU, long, long may thy colors fly.
Loyal to thee, thy children will swell the cry.
Hail, hail, hail, Alma Mater.

xoxo, ellen