As another semester quickly comes to an end, it’s important to reflect on both the highs and the lows. It’s been a great semester and an incredible Sophomore year all together. I can’t believe that I’m almost halfway done with college; it’s so surreal! I sound like a parent or something, but I feel like it was just yesterday when I was at Summer Orientation enrolling in classes for my Freshman year. Time flies by so fast in college; it’s as if I just blinked and two years have gone by! There’s been ups and downs throughout my time at K-State, but I’ve got three important things I’ve learned from them that might help you out:
1. Enjoy your time in college, but try to balance fun and school work. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the fun things that K-State has to offer; it’s important to remember why you are here though. Getting all your responsibilities and schoolwork taken care of should always come first, but don’t forget to reward yourself for accomplishing your work. Too much fun can lead to poor academic performance, and too much work can drive you crazy! Finding the balance that’s right for you is a key to success in college.
2. You’re not alone — there are over 24,000 students here at K-State, and that means that there’s got to be people here that are going through the same thing you are. Whether you’re stressed about a class, trying to find someone to talk to, or trying to get involved with something, there’s resources out there available to you. The teachers, faculty, and K-State student body as a whole are collectively the best bunch of people you’ll ever meet. The community here is unlike anywhere else, and everyone here truly cares about your well-being. Joining a fraternity or sorority is a great way to become instantly plugged in to K-State and a guaranteed way to find people with similar interests to your own!
3. Get involved! Academics are the reason you’re in college, but involvement is what really makes your experience meaningful. It doesn’t matter what you get involved in either! There are literally hundreds of student organizations you can become a part of, and there’s something out there for everyone. Whether it’s a leadership role in your house or residence hall, joining the Sky-Diving Club or the Harry Potter Alliance on campus, playing intramural sports, or anything else, you’ll never regret trying something out. It’s important not to get too involved and become over-committed (like how I feel sometimes), because that can really burn you out and interfere with your academic performance. However, my college experience has been truly fulfilling so far largely due to the organizations I’ve been a part of.
I hope you find those tips helpful in your future or current college endeavors! I should probably catch you all up on what’s been going on with my life too. Since my last post I’ve finalized my schedule for next semester, continued training for my teaching position, completed the Professional Advantage Program for the year by attending some really interesting lectures, assisted with our new philanthropy – Miss K-State (we raised over $3500 for the Global Service Initiative!), got an A on a Finance 450 test(!!!!!), saw my fraternity brother perform at Sunset Revival and went to a sorority formal in the same night, attended the Spring Football Game (Jake Waters v. Daniel Sams), and started and selected members for the new Honors Ambassadors Program. It’s been so busy but so fun too! This week is dead week, and I think it might actually be pretty dead for me for once. The week after this is Finals Week, and then it’s Summer Break! I might be staying in Manhattan for part of the Summer, but I’m not sure yet. Be sure to check back; I’m going to post a picture of the girl I helped with Miss K-State and myself!