If you’ve watched K-State football in recent years, you’ll recognize this name. Travis Britz, one of the top defensive tackles in the Big 12 during his time on the K-State football team (2012-2015) and voted a team captain during his senior year, is undoubtedly a great player; but what’s more, he’s a great person as well. Read on to learn about this awesome guy!
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.
There are two reasons why March is a really exciting time for me -I do not know about what everyone’s plans for this year are, but for me usually spring break is for road trips and summer vacation is for travelling. So March means I am only two weeks away from my spring break road trips and only 10 weeks away from my summer travels.
Trying new things is part of the essence of going to college, we do it on a daily or weekly basis. With every new experience you learn something new and with every new thing you learn you grow.
Some of us, however, always end up learning and growing more than others. The reason for that is that while some are trying something new and being brave enough to embark on a new venture, others try a new attitude and are brave enough to embrace a new perspective.
I believe attitude to be a skill of success, and perhaps the most important one there is. The way you make yourself feel about things in your everyday life dictates your level of success in your personal or work life. Attitude also controls one very important thing, and that is one’s happiness, without which, everything else is perishable.
Last Saturday I attended a design workshop at the Beach Museum of Art with Anita Lehmann, an artist visiting from Seattle, WA. I had signed up for the workshop 6 weeks in advance and had totally forgotten about it, and when I got the email reminder Saturday morning only one feeling was running through my body: dread.
It was the next morning after a Friday night that ended quite late, and the workshop was from 10 am to 3 pm. I have classes and work every day of the week and I’m always up by 7 am to start preparing for my day and I am usually back in bed by midnight. Every day but Saturday; Saturday is my holy day (No pun intended). On Saturdays I get to sleep in and do lazy activities in my pajamas to help me decompress and recharge, but now I had to spend five hours on my feet bent over trying to draw with tools I’ve never used before in my life.
However, I knew that I was bound to this room at the museum for the next five hours and not attending the workshop would reflect negatively on me as the spots were limited and that means I probably took a spot away from someone who would’ve attended.
Right then and there I decided to change my attitude, the way I’m making myself feel about the workshop. I could’ve gone in there with a straight face and sucked it up until 3:00 PM, or I could’ve put a smile on my face and walked in there and listened to what the instructor had to say and done my best to enjoy the time I’m spending. Either way I would’ve spent the same amount of time and felt the same sore back and feet. So even though I wasn’t entirely excited to begin with, I did my best to be enthused and content with being there.
That design workshop with Lehmann ended up being the most gratifying, enriching, and soulful artistic experience I’ve had in years. I enjoyed it so much that by 3 o’clock I was hoping she’d ask us to draw something else just so I can stay and take in more of the experience. So much so that I could actually write two or three blog posts about this one day.
You might have that dreadful 7:30 AM class that you signed up for because it was the only one left, an assignment that you can’t possibly see the rhyme or reason behind being assigned it, a job that is as boring as the day is long, or student loans that feel like a boulder on your back. Next time thinking about these things brings you down, try instead thinking about the time you’ll have left to do with your day and how healthy and good it is to wake up early, how rewarding it is to get an A in a class by the end of the semester, what you could do with the paycheck you’ll be getting in two weeks, and how if you play your cards right, you can take your student loans out in a few years, one baby step at a time, and you’ll be left with a degree and a college experience for life.
Big changes happen in college. Yes, mentally… you learn some things, but usually you experience some physical changes as well. We’re all familiar with the “freshman 15” which, unfortunately, seems a little too easy to accomplish. Some of you may be terrible cooks, especially compared to your parents’ (In my case, my mama’s) home cooking. Unless you’re blessed with the Derb’s meal plan, you may even experience weight loss. Whatever your situation, making your health a priority is something we should all take seriously. It may seem hard to do this with your new class schedule and the desire to watch multiple hours on Netflix to de-stress, but making time for exercise and nutrition can help you stay calm, prepare you for class, and may reduce the risk of getting the bug that everyone seems to be catching this week. K-State has some great resources to look into… and they are actually fun. Here are a few different ideas for you to try out your first semester without horizontal running (watch Pitch Perfect if you want to be cool and get that reference).
1.) The Konza Prairie is an ideal place for a relaxing hike. There are three different loops for you to hike depending on your fitness level. Go with a group or by yourself and enjoy being out in the wideopen space. The views will take your breath away, as well as the insanely long hill. This should be on everyone’s collegiate bucket list to do before they graduate. It takes a little time to drive there, but I promise it’s worth it. BONUS: If you’re a selfie lover, this is your perfect opportunity to snap a new profile pic, as well.
2.) Radina’s coffee shop is a great place to drink a green Smoothie from . A Radina’s is conveniently located right on campus in the Staley School of Leadership Studies. They’re delicious and jam packed with fruits and veggies. Plus, if you have a Campus Special coupon book they usually have a “buy one get one free drink “ ticket at the beginning of the semester. Go with a friend and help your body fight off the cold this fall.
3.) UFM has some great classes that you can sign up for. You can take these for credit or non-credit (the cheaper option). These classes range from archery to belly dancing -which I may or may not have signed up for already… Signing up for a class can help you stay committed, plus it’s a great way to learn a new skill and meet new friends.
4.) Utilize the Rec. It’s free for students if you’re a full time student (don’t forget to bring your ID). You don’t have to be a body builder to enjoy the resources it provides. The Rec offers free classes including Zumba, yoga, body pump,etc….. For a full schedule check it out online (http://recservices.k-state.edu/). Also, the rock-climbing wall is legit and provides a really fun, amazing arm work out without picking up the weights.
5.) The Natatorium is another free resource. Like to swim? Swimming is low impact (perfect if you’re dealing with any injuries), but still offers a killer workout. If you’re feeling brave, the high dive is a way to get your adrenaline kick and help those endorphins flow. Happy thoughts peeps.
6.) Manhattan Running Company (http://manhattanrunningco.com/) has products to help enhance your workout. A local store in Manhattan that specializes in making sure you are in the proper gear. Making sure you’re in the right shoe is crucial to how you perform and helping prevent you from getting injured. When you only have ten minutes to catch your next class on campus, you know how important comfy shoes are. Plus the owners are awesome. They’re also my bosses 🙂
Remember, these are just a few suggestions to help you get the semester off to a healthy start! If you can think of more ideas, please comment below! I would love to hear how you take time for yourself to keep physically and mentally balanced. As a bonus, being in excellent shape will support all that tailgating and wabashing at the next home game. EMAW.
As I sat in Hale anticipating my first accounting test, I stared blankly at the closed textbook in front of me; notes strewn across the table, blank notecards standing in a neat stack, and my highlighter sitting with its cap on. For some reason, instead of diving in to analyzing bank reconciliations and internal control procedures, remnants of my professor’s test preparation tips swam about my thoughts. He explained that this test won’t be like most tests. (Cue panic mode.) It will challenge us to not just regurgitate the material, but truly understand and comprehend it. He encouraged us to push ourselves to think past the course material and think about what the information truly means, not merely what it says. The class’s pre-test tension was high, and his advice was met with puzzled looks and sighs of anxiety.
The more I reflected on his test style and advice, the more I began to think about the incredible lesson lying beneath this moment. Many times we cringe when approaching a test with anything but multiple choice questions, but think about it:
How many times in life are there 4 perfectly concise options laid out before making a tough decision?
If you’re anything like me, such situations are few and far between. Most times in life, we are faced with tough decisions and must make them without full knowledge of all possible options or much time for reflection. In that moment, I understood: this professor has our best interest in mind, and is making a conscious effort to better equip us for the real world; not some world in which we answer to option B, or option C. This test serves as a beautiful example of what college is about. It isn’t about memorizing bulleted lists or terms to get an A on a test—-it’s about growing to become better at handling tough situations, learning from our mistakes, and using things that appear at first to be obstacles (accounting tests) as opportunities for growth. I then opened my textbook, picked up my highlighter, and began to study.
In summation: the next time a professor tells you their test “won’t be like most tests”, smile to yourself and be grateful for the opportunity.
I am happy to say that I am the proud parent of a brand new bicycle! Anyone have any ideas on what I should name it?
It took me several months to muster the courage, but a trek from Nichols to Umberger in ten minutes pushed me to make a decision, quick. I have been nothing but happy with my brand new investment, telling everyone who would listen about my totally sustainable method of travel, but when I was ready to take it out for a spin…I had to slam on the brakes. Quite literally.
It turns out I forgot how to ride a bike (cue giant gasp)!
I was already nervous about getting back on a bike, but my nerves grew exponentially as I attempted time and again cycle around my neighborhood. I’m sure I gave someone a good laugh with my foot by foot method. My troubleshooting skills are not the best, considering I haven’t ridden a bike in at least 5 years . I can’t even believe I’m saying that considering how much I love biking!
I must have stopped and checked everything at least 15 times before I called it a night and headed home. A bit defeated, I called a friend and she almost cried laughing. You have to admit-a 20 year old who needs training wheels is kinda funny.
In the end, I decided to keep my cycling skills and my bicycle locked up for now.
But just you wait. I will be back on the roads before you know it. Training wheels and all!
There’s something about the holiday season that always makes me reflect on all the things that are great about life. Maybe it’s all the cocoa and curling up next to the fire, but I always get a fuzzy feeling when I think about all the things I’m grateful for as a college student.
So here’s my list of seven things EVERY college student should appreciate:
1. You have a full time job- Being a Student!
Once we’re shoved into what everyone keeps calling the “real world”, we’re going to miss the days of finals, all-nighters and, most of all, BREAKS! When is the last time you heard of a business professional getting a 3 week vacation on an annual basis? It just doesn’t happen. And unlike class, work is never cancelled.
Remember, you are lucky enough to be able to study at a University as phenomenal as this one. That isn’t always the case and I know there are a million people who would jump at the chance to receive such an education. Cherish it, my friends. Education is like gold.
2. Anything and Everything Free
I am so so so grateful for everything I have received at no cost to me just for being a student or walking across campus. I know I need all the help I can get on a college kid’s budget, so THANK YOU to all of the organizations who donate funds and provides us with Wildcat swag.
3. Strolls (or Sprints) Across Campus
Running around from class to class may be a bit stressful at times, but with a campus as gorgeous as ours, it’s worth the walk. I can’t count the numbers of times I have I seen a sight that just takes my breath away. Just take a look!
4. Anything open for 24 hours
Hale has to be one of my best friends on campus. Why, you might ask? Because I can always depend on Hale. I’s there when I wake up, when I need help with my homework, when I forgot I have to print off a report and and have to be in class in five minutes, and for some, even a place to have sleepovers. Hale never judges me for what I look like and never kicks me out even though it may be late and waaaay past our bedtimes. Hale library: thank you for being a friend
5. K-State Culture
Manhattan is such a fascinating place. Here you will find people from all over the world-people here for education, employment and enjoyment. With all that makes us different, there is one thing every Manhattan inhabitant shares: a love for our purple and white. Manhattan is dripping with Wildcat pride and one of the only places I know where purple is always in style (and has been for a long time). What a wonderful place to call home away from home.
6. Oodles of Opportunity
If you had asked me what I would do at K-State a few years ago, I would have told you a number of things (what I’d major in, when I’d graduate, etc…), but this year, I have realized how much I have done (not to brag). Never in my life did I expect to experience half of what I’ve done at K-State and I can’t even to begin to guess what will come next. K-State has afforded me and many other students with so many opportunities. Not only are we, as students, encouraged to get involved in our academics, we are given the chance to grow, learn, explore and do!
7. Your Faithful Followers
No, I’m not talking about those individuals on your Twitter account. I’m referring to all the people in your life who are your biggest fans (family members, friends, faculty/staff, mentors). I know for a fact that I would be no where near as where I am today without constant encouragement, love and support from my family at home and the one I’ve come to know here. If you have anyone in your life that has gotten you to this point, show them how much you appreciate them. These times will test you in ways you never imagined, and you’ll need their guidance and advice to get you through, believe me.
To everyone who has ever said a kind word, shared a kind heart and changed me for the better. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and only hope I can return your love and compassion. I recently happened upon this quote from Buddha: “Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
I believe that you have epitomized his words and you inspire me to live out your example.