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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”

“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.

Nailing the interview

While your campus tour guide might have told you about all of the great job opportunities available to K-State students or the 475+ organizations we offer to get involved in, they might not have mentioned that some of these things require an interview process to get in. For those of you (much like myself) whose heartbeat began racing and muscles tensed at the mere mention of the word “interview”, I’ve compiled a list of tips that have been shared with me over the past three years of my college career to help subside the panic and do your best in these challenging events.

1) DO A LITTLE “PRE-SEARCH”
After high school, several interviews will be built around “behavioral-based” questions. If you’re anything like me, I was clueless as to what that event meant, let alone how to go about answering them. With a little help from our friend Google, you can search the most commonly asked questions—and then think about how you would answer them. While you won’t know exactly what your interviewer will ask, you can at least anticipate possible questions and avoid being completely bewildered.

2) MAP OUT YOUR SUCCESSES—AND FAILURES
One of the most helpful things I did for myself in regards to prepping for behavioral-based questions was essentially mapping out major leadership or life experiences that have had a significant impact on who I am/how I lead. Brainstorm times you did really well on a group project or achieved a tough goal. After that, think of times you really blew it. And no—I’m not kidding! We experience the greatest lessons by failing big-time, and then bouncing back and learning from it. Potential employers and organizations want to know that yes, you are capable of achieving, but also that you are able to accept your mistakes and show resilience.

3) WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO OFFER?
This one might be second-nature, but always be prepared to speak to why you are best fit for the position you’re interviewing for. Hint: don’t simply say “because I want it!” Think about your strengths and skill set and relate those things to the position description. Use specific examples as to how your strengths would play out well in said position.

4) IT’S IN THE DETAILS
While you can run yourself ragged trying to prepare for questions and anticipate every situation you might face, that’s only half the battle. I’ve felt incredibly prepared for an interview, but then blew it because I got no sleep the night before or was flustered when I entered the room. Get good rest the night before. Eat your favorite breakfast. Wear your snazziest blazer. Show up early and give yourself time to focus, whether that means a little pre-interview meditation, a mini self pep-talk, or simply time to focus your energy. It’ll pay off.

5) BE YOURSELF
Last but not least—let your personality shine through everything you do. Don’t be afraid to be yourself! An employer or organization would much rather have someone who can be honest and genuine over a robot who answers every question with precise execution.

Remember that practice makes perfect, and that the more interviews you go through, the more comfortable they get. Ask for advice from others who have gone through similar things. Always be learning. Always be improving.
NOW GO NAIL IT, CHAMP.

xoxo, ellen

6 Picks: Clubs

I am the proud VP of Circle K at K-State. I love this organization because it is small enough that I know all other members well. Everyone has lots of voice in the activities we do. Our pillars are Service, Leadership, and Fellowship. For me this means I get to serve our community, grow as a person, and make friends with some amazing people. We are sponsored by both local Kiwanis groups and I have felt welcomed by them since Week of Welcome 2012 when they held a picnic in City Park for students. They have helped Manhattan become my home. For more information check out our website (http://circlekksu.wix.com/circleksu) and follow us on Twitter (@KSUCircleK).

http://circlekksu.wix.com/circleksu

Obviously involvement on campus and in the community has a huge impact so here at 6 things to remember when making the decision to join a group this fall:

1) Productivity- Look for a club that actually DOES things. It sounds obvious, but “in name only” clubs don’t provide the same kind of experience.

2)Passion- There are plenty of options, find one that connects with a passion you have. If you love kids, look for a group that interacts with kids or serves them in their mission. If you enjoy being outdoors, there are clubs for that as well!

3)Play- Clubs are supposed to be fun. If you aren’t enjoying being involved, suggest some “team building” kind of activities your group can do. Bowling, bonfires, ice cream socials, movie nights, pumpkin carving, and pre-game dinners have helped me get to know people from organizations better.

4) Personal Development- Choose an organization that can help you grow. Leadership roles can teach you lessons and give you great experience, but so can being a participant! Get as much out of you can and learn as much as you can from your peers. If your group has a great website designer, have them show you the ropes.

5) PUSH- As in PUSH yourself outside your comfort zone. Join one club simply because you don’t know much about the subject area. Don’t be afraid of the “commitment” especially if the club is free, if it doesn’t work out there won’t be hard feelings. Another way to branch out is to attend Union Program Council events. Last fall I went to a bunch of movies in Spanish (with English subtitles) at the Union for free and I enjoyed all of them.

6)Pride- Do something that ties you to K-State and the Riley County communities. Do something you are proud to brag about in an interview or in calls to your grandparents. If you think a club is “stupid” you won’t get anything out of it.

Get Involved!

Corinna