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How to survive as a night owl in an early bird world

I have a coffee maker at the foot of my bed. I know, I have a problem.

*oops it is 2:00 a.m. again*

I swear I am writing this blog at 2:30 in the afternoon. But usually, most of my productive hours are late at night. Nine p.m. to midnight is MY TIME. When everyone else is winding down, I am just getting started. If I had taken the ACT at 9:00 p.m. instead of 8:00 a.m., I would have scored at least 4 points higher. I could beat Steph Curry at 21 after 9:00 p.m. I could write Taylor Swift’s next hit song, clean the bathroom, and do all the Christmas shopping for a family of four from 9:00 to midnight. Continue reading “How to survive as a night owl in an early bird world”

A Month Into Sophomore Year!

I can’t believe it; I’ve already been back in Manhattan for almost an entire month!  I’ve been having a blast, but it seems like I was just getting back from Summer Break last week.  With everything that’s been going on the past few weeks I haven’t managed to sleep or workout very much at all, and to make matters worse there’s a cold going around the house right now!  I’m taking my vitamins though; now would be a bad time for me to get sick.  We had our first date party on Friday night after a week of awesome brotherhood activities at the house!  Unfortunately due to the weather, our Hawaiian themed night couldn’t be held outside.  We ended up going to a really cool karaoke bar and having a great time though!

Slab.jpg (A Fraternity brother of mine and our awesome dates!)

The Cats did it again this week, with a crucial victory on Saturday afternoon!  Collin Klein played incredible; he even won ESPN’s Big 12 Player of the Week Award.  After some teams in front of us lost this week, we jumped up to the #15 spot in the nation!  We’ve got a really tough schedule this year and some really big shoes to fill from last year’s team, but Bill Snyder and the Wildcats are looking like a real powerhouse after the first two games!  Unfortunately we could only manage to get third row seats for this game, but it was still a great game to be at.

Greek Intramural Games start up this week- our first football game is tonight, and our first soccer game is Wednesday night!  It’s a ton of fun participating and watching intramural sports; I think my house has got a good shot at winning it all this year!  Homecoming activities are sure to be starting up pretty soon; the theme this year is “Adventure”.  Organizations, responsibilities, and schoolwork are all keeping me busy as ever!  I’ll leave you with a link to a YouTube video that shows my cool adventure on the field of Bill Snyder Memorial Stadium at the first game!

First Day of Classes

I’ve been back in Manhattan for about a week now, and it’s been a ton of fun being back!  The new members moved in later in the week, and have been learning the ropes around Manhattan since then.  Yesterday they got the opportunity to do Sorority Serenades.  They did a pretty awesome job- I’ll be sure to post the YouTube Video here when it gets uploaded!  It was great watching them sing, but it seemed like it was just yesterday that I was out there doing the same thing.  This past year was amazing at K-State, but it flew by so fast!

Today was the day reality set in, and it was super hard getting up for my 8:30 class!  This semester I’ve got a couple Management classes, a Leadership class, a class in Accounting, and one in Statistics.  I’m taking fifteen hours overall, and it should be a challenging semester as I’m starting to get into the higher level Business classes.  I haven’t been getting as much sleep as I probably should be, but I’m going to try really hard to be better about that this year.  I’ve already been to the Rec to work out more times since I’ve been back than I went all of last year combined!  I’ll be incredibly busy this semester, but I know it’s going to be a ton of fun.  I’m trying to be better about getting sleep, studying, and being healthy this year; wish me luck!

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!

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!