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What A Month!

As I’ve often said before, time literally never slows down!  The past two weeks I’ve had: three tests, two papers, countless meetings, Silver Key selections, two date parties, more meetings, three interviews, and Fake Patty’s Day!  The tests went pretty well; the meetings were mostly for Silver Key and the Professional Advantage Program; the date parties were a ton of fun; the interviews were nerve wracking (I made it into Chimes!); and Fake Patty’s Day was a blast!  As always, my sleep schedule is waaaay off – I think I might be nocturnal…  I’m still waiting to hear back from Business Ambassadors and the Peer Teaching job, but I think I’ve got a good shot at both!  Fake Patty’s Day is a Manhattan tradition where we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a week early since we’ll all be on Spring Break for the actual holiday.  Hundreds if not thousands of people come visit for a whole day of fun, and it was great seeing a lot of my friends that go to different colleges.  Yesterday we had our New Member Retreat for Silver Key.  It was a chance to help the new members get to know each other better and find out what the organization is really about.

I’ve got one more test this week and a few meetings, but Spring Break starts on Friday!  It’s crazy to think that we’re halfway through the semester; I feel like I just got back from Winter Break.  It will be good to be home for a few days to see my family and Roxie, and then I’m headed to Colorado to go skiing with some of my Fraternity brothers.  I can’t wait for the trip; I know it’s going to be a lot of fun!  I’ll leave you with a great picture of my date and I at her Sorority’s Formal!

Formal.jpgRocking the bow tie!

Snow Day!

As if the semester didn’t start off busy enough for me, it just keeps getting busier!  My calender for the month of February literally has four days without any meetings/tests/interviews/etc.  I found out this past week that I didn’t get into Student Foundation which was a major bummer.  It was an honor to get an interview though; it’s probably one of the hardest organizations to get involved in at K-State.  We had one of our last Silver Key meetings last week, and our last event was today at the Meadowlark Retirement Community.  We got to go play board games, decorate cookies, and dance with some of the people that live there!  I met a 100 year-old lady today that has lived in Manhattan her whole life!  Can you imagine the changes she’s seen over the years in this city?? I had my first test of the semester last week in Finance 450, and let’s just say I need to study harder for the next one…  We had a snow day last Thursday after getting like a foot of snow, and it was awesome having the day off!

Anderson.jpg A cool picture of snow-covered Anderson Hall!


Today was my interview for Chimes Junior Honorary.  I was pretty nervous about it and it was tough, but hopefully I’ll find out if I made it in the next week or so.  The interview process for Silver Key started today as well; we’ve got one hundred incredibly qualified individuals to sort through and narrow down to forty.  I’ve got another busy week coming up, including two tests on Monday, lots of Silver Key interviews, a Soaring with Eagles Reunion, the Business Career Fair, a meeting with an assistant to the Athletic Director, two applications due, and more!  I’d better get back to studying, seeing as how my test is in about six hours — until next time!

New Semester!

It’s that time of year again- the beginning of a new semester.  I got back to Manhattan a little over a week ago, and it’s so great to be back!  Winter Break was alright; all I really did was work and catch up on some lost sleep from the previous semester.  Syllabus week flew by before I could blink, especially because it was only four days long.  I’m also only taking twelve hours this semester, so I’m planning on getting more involved on campus with my free time.  I’m currently in the process of applying for a few different groups on campus including: Chimes Junior Honorary, Student Foundation, and Business Ambassadors.

Silver Key is wrapping up; we just participated in one of our last events, the Academic Decathlon.  We spent a few hours last Friday night judging high schoolers’ speeches for the event.  I’ve never judged an event like that before, but it was kind of exciting!  These were some impressive students too, let me tell you.  They gave us a prepared speech, had to come up with an impromptu speech in one minute, and then go through a five minute interview with my fellow judges and myself.  Let’s just say I would’ve gotten blown out of the water if I were in high school competing against some of the kids we judged..

Another incredible opportunity I had last week was one of the many reasons why I love K-State so much!  I’m a part of the Student Athletic Board, and I enjoy it more than anything else I’ve been involved with.  Our Athletic Director, John Currie, came in and talked to us during one of our meetings, and I decided that I’d like to get more involved with the Athletic Department.  I emailed Mr. Currie shortly after, and I was able to meet with him to discuss things I could do to become more involved.  This is without a doubt one of the busiest people at K-State, and he took half an hour out of his day to meet with me and help me out.  I don’t know this for a fact, but I’m pretty sure that this is the only school in the Big 12 that I could have an opportunity like that, or to meet with the VP of Student Life, Dr. Bosco.  This school is truly one of a kind, and that’s just another reason why I LOVE K-STATE!!

Almost Done!

I feel like this semester has flown by before my eyes!  My first Final Exam of the semester is next week, and I can’t believe my Freshman year is almost over.  I’ve been super busy the past few weeks, but I’ve also had some really cool opportunities.  For instance, the Higher Learning Commission was at K-State a couple weeks ago to review our accreditation.  Without their approval, a degree from our university wouldn’t mean nearly as much as it does today.  I got the chance to sit down with a few of the Board Members and tell them about my K-State experience: the ups, the downs, and everything in between.  We passed the accreditation review, hooray!

Another awesome thing that I found out about last week was my Executive Mentor.  This new program offered to Business Students matches successful K-State Alumni with current students to help mentor them.  The purpose of the program is to help students with professional advice, job and internship opportunities, and networking.  A few short weeks after applying to the program, I found out that my Executive Mentor is Dennis Dautel, the CEO of Landscapes USA and other businesses in Austin, Texas.  I got the chance to meet him at the first annual Executive Mentor Luncheon this past Friday.  He’ll be mentoring me throughout my time at K-State, and even afterwards hopefully!  I’m really looking forward to learning about his experiences and advice in the business world, and I may even get the opportunity to visit his office in Austin this summer.

Silver Key has been keeping me busy as always.  I’m in charge of all the committees, as well as the annual Sleep Out for the Homeless.  This is our biggest event of the year, and I’m already setting dates and reserving a spot for next September!  It seems as if the responsibilities and tests and meetings never end, but that’s what college is all about – figuring out your strengths and weaknesses, and how to manage your limited time.  I’m all about the all-nighters this semester to help get everything done, but I always end up paying for the lack of sleep the next day!


Spring Fever

The semester is still going great!  I’ve been keeping busy with Silver Key, class projects and assignments, more applications, meetings with advisers and other students, and and trying to get some sleep for a change!  I just found out that I was selected to be one of the Board Members of the new Honors Program Committee.  I’m really excited about the opportunity to help the Honors Program recruit new members, maintain current members, and benefit the program as a whole.  I also have been accepted into the Wellsgates Scholar Program, and invited to be a part of the Golden Key International Honor Society.  I’m not entirely sure what those two organizations entail, but I’m looking forward to finding out more about what it means to be a part of them both.  I should be hearing about some of the other programs, committees, scholarships, and positions that I’ve been applying for the past several weeks, so I’ll be sure to let you know what I find out!

With the help of my adviser, I’ve determined what classes I need to take next semester.  I’ve selected the professors and times of classes that I’m going to take next fall, but I haven’t enrolled yet; when you can enroll is based on the number of credit hours you have.  Since I came in with enough credit hours to technically be a Sophomore, I’ll be able to enroll a lot earlier than many of the students in my age.  Hopefully that will allow me to be in all the classes that I want to, and if it does, I’m going to have a sweet schedule!  No classes on Fridays, keeping my fingers crossed!

Life’s Good!

Just got back to Manhattan yesterday, and it’s great to be back!  I went skiing in Colorado for a few days and then relaxed in Kansas City for the rest of Spring Break.  Before I left for break, I was elected to be this year’s Silver Key Vice President.  I’m really excited about this opportunity, and it’s looking like I’m going to have another busy year ahead of me.  We’ve already had an Exec Board meeting for Silver Key, and we have our first actual meeting run by the new Exec members tonight!  Wish me luck…  I’ve still been applying for other positions, scholarships, advisory boards, etc.  If I fill out one more application, I might explode!  I’ve been keeping busy with philanthropy chairman duties in my fraternity, long range planning, and schoolwork.  I applied for the new Executive Mentor Program with the College of Business, and I can’t wait to find out who my mentor will be.  This is a really cool program that matches a student with an alumni from K-State with similar interests and majors to help with the student’s college and career planning.  I’ve heard great things about the program, and there’s even a chance that you could be matched with the CEO of Hershey’s!  Think about all the chocolate!!

I came into K-State with almost 30 credit hours from a local community college.  All of those credits, along with some helpful advice from my Business Advisor, are going to make it possible for me to graduate K-State in five years.  That doesn’t make any sense right? Wrong… In those five years, I’ll be able to acquire a Minor in Leadership Studies, a Dual-Major in Accounting and Management, and a Master’s Degree in Accounting.  I have no idea what I’m going to do after all that, but hopefully between my Executive Mentor and my diverse studies and qualifications, I’ll be able to find a great job once I graduate.  Plus, I’d get to hang around Manhattan for an extra year which would be amazing!

Is it Spring Already?

We’re already half way through the semester…. WHAT?!  It’s 80 degrees outside right now…. WHAT?!  I haven’t slept in four days…. WHAT?! That last one was a bit of an exaggeration, but since my last post I’ve barely had any spare time on my hands.

I found out that I made Silver Key Honorary!  I’m really excited about being a part of this group.  Silver Key is a leadership organization on campus that is centered around community service.  250 people applied, 90 people got interviews, and only around 30 made it, so I’m extremely fortunate to be a part of this group.  I’m still applying for tons of things on top of that though.  It seems like every time I check my email, there’s another opportunity for a scholarship, leadership position, or advisory board spot, and I’m only a freshman!  That’s one of the greatest parts about K-State in my mind; there are sooo many ways to get involved!

I’ve been really busy with school work lately.  I’ve had several tests, quizzes, speeches, and assignments due in the past few weeks.  They always seem to schedule everything at the exact same time too; I think my teachers are out to get me!  I just submitted an 8 page paper and gave a twenty minute presentation in front of my Leadership class, and from here on out it’s smooth sailing until Spring Break!  I’m headed to Colorado for a weekend of skiing right after my last class on Friday, and I can’t wait!

Now that Spring is here, it’s time for you seniors out there to decide where you’re going to live next year.  I’ve got one piece of advice for you guys in particular:


Joining a fraternity has honestly been one of the greatest experiences of my life.  I’ve developed an incredible amount of friendships, and benefited so much from the Greek System as a whole.  I know that fraternities get a bad reputation sometimes, but it is what you make it.  There’s like thirty different houses that you can join!  Each one of them is different too.  If you want to party every day of your college career, there’s a fraternity for you.  If you want to study for every second of your college career, there’s a fraternity for you.  If you want to have a combination of those two things, there’s a fraternity for you!  And, in each fraternity there’s such a diverse mixture of guys that you can literally fit into whichever one you decide.  Being in a fraternity is a great way to meet new friends, a way to get involved in leadership, a way to get involved in philanthropies and community service, a way to gain valuable networking connections, and so much more.  Ultimately the decision is up to you, but like I said, I would definitely recommend it!  Fraternity Rush has already started, and it’s a super easy process.  By following this link, you can learn more about the recruitment process, and find the simple form to fill out.  Once you submit your information to the Office of Greek Affairs, you’ll start getting phone calls from all sorts of fraternities.  They’ll tell you about events coming up, take you out to dinner, and take you on tours of their houses.  This is a great way to get a feel for which fraternity is right for you, so I’d recommend attending as many events/tours/dinners as you can!