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Don’t Need A Lot O’ Dollars to Have A Lot O’ Fun

Flint Hills Discovery Center behind fountains in Blue Earth Plaza

Do you ever do the thing where you check your bank account balance before you go out just to do that rough mental math where you decide how much bank can you really break? You ever do that math and realize you can maybe, just maybe, afford to break like $5 worth of bank? Well put your sad little $5 bill back in its safe place (the rent money pile, duh!) and read this list of hangout spots in Manhattan where you won’t need a lot o’ dollars to have a lot o’ fun. Continue reading “Don’t Need A Lot O’ Dollars to Have A Lot O’ Fun”

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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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”

Fall Semester Photo Recap


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”

A place I know full well: My 6 favorite spots in Manhattan

After spending 3.5 years in the best college town in the country (Read about it, it’s true), here are my favorite places in Manhattan, Kansas!

img_0015The Konza Prairie is breath-taking, peaceful, and not too difficult of a hike for us amateurs. If you have friends who don’t think Kansas is beautiful, take them here.

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The Land of Oz (also known as my heaven)

Growing up I LOVED Wizard of Oz. Like I mean wore-the-blue-checkered-dress-all-day-every-day, watched-the-movie-on-repeat and had-a-wizard-of-oz-themed-birthday-party kind of love.

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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”

Manhattan: More Than Football

I found myself in a dilemma last Friday. I had a whole weekend off from work and school and nothing to do. My family offered to come see me which is no small feat considering the drive here takes 8 hours. I found myself wondering if we should just meet somewhere, since there wasn’t even a football game on Saturday. As I was mapping out possible options I got an alert from Twitter on my phone. One of my favorite shops in Manhattan was hosting a special event over the weekend. Then, I felt a wave of guilt rush over me.

Manhattan is much more than a football town. Even when there isn’t a game on Saturday, there is plenty to do here. I pulled out my K-State bucket list that I made freshman year. I still haven’t made it inside Sunset Zoo. I haven’t checked out the Manhattan Art Center or Nichols Theater though I have seen a few performances at McCain on campus. I have been to the Flint Hills Discovery Center and the Beach (The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art) on campus but both had new exhibits that I hadn’t had time to go see yet. The Riley County Historical Society is very active but I have never been to the Riley County History Museum although it is near the Honors House. After all, it’s good to know the history of the buildings you see and the roads you walk down. Best of all, I didn’t know that some of these options are free or have reduced fees for students. For under $10 (including the Sonic drink on the way) I could spend hours out and about in the community. Best of all, these places were family friendly!

Over the weekend my family and I did lots of arts and crafts in my apartment and also took time to go the Flint Hills Discovery Center, Riley County History Museum (free), and the Beach (free). My family also went bowling while I did homework. We had bikes out ready to take a ride on the Linear Trail around town but it was a little soggy and cloudy so we postponed that and the hike on the Konza until next time. I learned that my family’s membership to the Field Museum in Chicago got them free entry to the Discovery Center because they reciprocate membership. In fact, there are science centers and museums around the world which offer either complete reciprocal membership or a free entry/discounted entry.

Some places I forget about are the parks and recreation options the city offers. For example, did you know City Park Pool has a lazy river and a surf simulator? Even just on campus we have the Beach, bowling and recreation in the Union, the Insect Zoo and Gardens. Tuttle Creek Park has cabins for those families who want to make their trip to Manhattan a vacation from the hustle and bustle. One thing I wish we had time for last weekend was visiting some of the local agritourism sites that have fresh dairy products for sale or offer a pumpkin patch and other fall activities. I also wished I had budgeted some time to go shopping with Mom down off Poyntz because we have both boutiques and the mall. The longer I live here and the more I learn about all this town has to offer, the more proud I am to call it home.

For more information on events and attractions in Manhattan, I have included the following links: