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Presenting to Professionals? Did I really do that?

Why yes, yes I did, thanks to K-State! Read on to hear about my experience presenting at a national conference with members of the K-State English Department!

From left: Professor Steffi Dippold, Sarah Peterson, yours truly, Cheyenne White, and Hunter Nelson. These are the awesome people that I was lucky enough to present with in Tulsa.

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3 Places I Cannot Wait To Visit

Icelandic horses graze with a volcano erupting in the background. Photo from thesun.co.uk.

A lot of people have bucket lists that include crazy adventures and all sorts of dare devil-ish activities. My bucket list has nothing but travelling on it. Through the magic of the internet, often I look up far away places and think about how amazing it would be to live there. Sometimes I even go on airline sites and look up how much tickets would cost and I even plan fake itineraries and sigh at the possibility of actually going on those trips (Sad, I know.) Continue reading “3 Places I Cannot Wait To Visit”

What Makes K-State Great: Yepiao Yu


Senior in Secondary Education – Spanish


Hometown: Shenzhen, China


Favorite Fun Fact: Octopuses have two hearts


Spirit Animal: Cat



Do you think trying new things is scary? This K-State student moved to a different country to go attend college!

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“The Most Dangerous Worldview is [That] of Those Who Have Not Viewed The World”


A very important part of growing and developing is learning about the world around us. Sometimes we forget that the world is an unimaginably huge place. There are more than 7 billion other people out there and almost 200 countries, think of that the next time you think Cardwell Hall is crowded. In fact, just think of all the different cultures, attitudes, beliefs, and thought processes out there. People live their lives in very different ways and that makes the way they tackle their issues or the way they get to solutions vastly distinct. Think about how learning about just one or two different cultures or languages can open up a whole new world of possibilities and make you see the world  around you with not just one but two or three sets of eyes.

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My Spring Break Research Trip to the United Kingdom

Tower of London Bridge
Tower of London Bridge

This spring break, I ventured to the United Kingdom with a brave professor (Hi Dr. Barb!) and 7 other students to research travel perceptions and media usage. It was an amazing trip! Continue reading “My Spring Break Research Trip to the United Kingdom”

Concerts with Cohorts


College is a time to spend with friends enjoying whatever you can.  My friends and I have common tastes in music so we choose to spend a lot of time bonding over it.  It all changes though when you have the chance to road trip with friends to a concert. Continue reading “Concerts with Cohorts”

Another Benefit of Joining a Club?

Getting involved on campus is great for meeting people and learning new skills, but it’s also an amazing opportunity to travel! Through my involvement in different organizations on campus I have gotten to travel all over the U.S.

Participating in Model UN is one way that I have been able to travel. Last fall we attended a conference in Chicago and it was SO much fun! The nine-hour train ride gave us a lot of time to bond and the conference gave us free time to explore the city. Recently, a few weeks ago we attended a conference in St. Louis, and we have plans to travel to San Francisco next year. It’s been so great to explore these cities with friends, but the conferences also offer a fun chance to meet new people from all over the country who have the same interests. There are so many benefits in joining an on campus club!

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Toll Road Troubles

I love traveling. An open road is my friend. Traffic happens and you learn to deal with it. I have found one little issue though when I cross state lines- toll roads.The Kansas Turnpike system makes sense to me. You get on, you get a ticket, you give the ticket when you get off, the ticket tells you how much each stop would be from where you got on, you pay when you get off. Not all toll roads are created equally.

I recently took a trip to Chicago and experienced their toll system. There are booths along the way with varying amounts. You pay each booth and when you exit there may or may not be another booth. Luckily, I looked up their amounts and locations on my phone at a rest stop.

The whole situation reminded me why I got my first K-TAG. I make trips to the Kansas City area to see family, Lawrence to see friends, and Wichita to see family. Remembering to bring cash isn’t always easy and sometimes lines get long. With a K-TAG I could use a separate lane and get through without hassle.

Most importantly, whether you are coming to school, heading home, or going on a trip, make sure to look up travel information before you head out so there aren’t any surprises. Twitter is helpful on this too if you follow @KansasTurnpike. Traffic updates from @KSHighwayPatrol are also helpful too.

Safe Travels!


Living Out of My Suitcase

I’ve been everywhere, man. I meant to update you all sooner, but many of my adventures have lacked power much less a stable internet connection. I welcomed the opportunity to disconnect and recharge a little but I have so much to tell you!

I have only been out of school a few weeks and I have covered  at least 14,350 miles worth of ground! Thankfully, I travel well. My parents trained me when I was young on how to pack and keep myself entertained for long distances. After I checked out of my hall, I began a 500 mile drive. A few days later my dad and I drove 1,400 miles in 22 hours and the next morning I hopped on a plane. By the time I was done flying I had flown 11,000 miles. Tomorrow I am hopping on a train and by the time I return I will have traveled 1,450 miles by train.  It’s safe to say I’ve been busy and I admit I still haven’t unpacked from all of my adventures. I have traveled by car, plane, train, and even boat and the summer isn’t anywhere near over yet!

It’s safe to say I am living out of my suitcases. They are purple, of course, and my K-State wear has been spotted everywhere from Hawaii to Kansas and beyond. I just love running into members of the K-State family when I travel and I always appreciate a good “EMAW” and a high five when I am away from home. This is a lot of words and numbers, so I will leave you with some pictures from my adventures.

Hope everyone is having an adventurous summer!


P.S. Countdown to first day of class is at 59 days!!!