The Many Faces of a Student Organization

There are over 475 different student clubs and organizations to be apart of here at K-State. So, for this post, I wanted to share a glimpse of what it like to be in one of these organizations….I present the School of Leadership Studies Ambassadors everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On one last note, I want to wish K-State a Happy 151st Birthday this Sunday on February 16th!

As always, K-State Proud,

Landon

 

 

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Called to Lead

I mentioned to someone earlier today that this was one of my favorite days of the year. Why you might ask? Today was the K-State Civic Leadership Scholarship Day. Today, we welcomed to campus what I believe to be 12 of the best high school seniors in the nation to Manhattan and the Kansas State campus. Every one of these individuals has had a significant impact as they served a community in which they are passionate about. This year, the finalists’ projects ranged from being pushing a bill in the state legislature to provide health care to those with hearing impairment, to helping senior citizens become more tech savvy, to helping provide clean water in countries where that is not a luxury to everything in between. And no project was any less significant than the previous.

Three years ago, during my senior year of high school, I was fortunate to be a recipient of this award. And now, the last two years I have been able to serve on the interview and selection committee. Once again this year, I was blown away by the projects that were presented and the passion that each student had to make a difference in the lives for those around them. (It really almost makes you feel like you aren’t doing enough in this world! But it inspires me to strive everyday to be a civic leader like these students.) Unfortunately though, as a selection committee, we could only select three overall winners (which let me tell you, was a very tough task!). This just proves though, that the K-State has the best student leaders in the nation who passionate about improving the world that we live in.

Congratulations to not only the three award winners of the Civic Leadership Scholarship, but also all the finalists who came to Manhattan today. It was truly an honor to meet all of you, and I want to welcome you to the K-State Family. To all who are reading this as well, I challenge you to follow the example of these students and identify a need in your community. Then, engage yourself in civic leadership to tackle this issue and serve the people who we share this world with.

K-State Proud,

Landon

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My Fraternity Experience

As far as college living arrangements go, I am currently completing the final leg of the triple crown. That is I lived in the residence halls my freshman year. My sophomore year, I resided in an off-campus apartment. And this year, I joined a greek fraternity and am living in-house.

I have received many questions from my friends and peers on why I would join a fraternity my junior year of college. Going into my freshman and sophomore years here at K-State I looked into a few fraternities, and while they were all great chapters, I just never found the perfect fit for me. As my junior year was approaching, I was definitely not thinking about joining a greek organization, and in fact, I was actively looking at off-campus houses and apartments that I could live in for the upcoming school year. Then I was introduced to the fraternity that I ended up joining and found it to be that perfect match that I was looking.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with my fraternity and it was a great decision for me personally and I have already has so many amazing experiences. If you are looking at joining a fraternity at K-State, my suggestions would be to visit as many as you can, and make sure to find the right fit for you.

K-State Proud,

Landon

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Leadership Studies: A Great Opportunity for K-Staters

K-State has many unique programs throughout our campus, but one of my favorite is our School of Leadership Studies (SLS).  Leadership Studies is our largest academic program on campus, and through SLS, one can achieve a Leadership Minor, but SLS also provides students the opportunity to give back to our community through alternative Spring Break trips, International Service Trips during the summer, and even just single day service activities throughout Manhattan. These are just a few of the many opportunities that a student can be involved in our School of Leadership Studies at K-State. I myself am a Nonprofit Leadership Minor as well as a Leadership Studies Ambassador. And now before I ramble on too much here, just click the link below to see a short video about my favorite program on campus.

(If you look closely, you can see fellow blogger Heidi perform in a short cameo role in the video. I also may or may not be in this video…)

School of Leadership Studies

Have a great week everybody!

K-State Proud,

Landon

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New Semester Resolutions

You can definitely tell that it is a new semester here in Manhattan. The Residence Halls and Greek houses are full again. Dr. Tracz and the marching band has once again occupied Old Stadium in the afternoon for practice. And the Walmart parking lot is always full no matter what time of the day you go buy your school supplies.

I like to look at new semesters as a new beginning to accomplish something that you haven’t so far. I call these my New Semester Resolutions, and I have been making one per semester ever since I enrolled at K-State. Having a semester long resolution or goal will help keep me focused through these next 16 weeks. My goal for this semester is to hammer down my plans for after I graduate here in a couple of years. (It will be here before I know it!) For me, this is probably going to be graduate school, but in what? If you are a high school senior however, maybe your semester resolution is to commit a significant amount of time to scholarship applications or to simply ensure that you are going to be graduating on a high note next spring . Or perhaps you just moved on campus here at K-State, and your goal could be something along the lines of getting a certain GPA or becoming involved in a number of organizations.

Whatever your resolutions may be, it is important to set these goals so you have a vision to strive for. Make sure your goal is useful to your future as well as challenging but still very much attainable. Record your resolution somewhere and then come back at the end of the semester and evaluate where you ended up. Hopefully, in the next 16 weeks, we will have all achieved what we are setting out to do!

K-State Proud,

Landon

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Small Town to Big University

(While this post is directed toward incoming students from smaller high schools, the advice is for all incoming students.)

This post is for all you incoming students who are from a rural area and had a smaller sized graduating high school class. I am talking about schools in towns that don’t have a shopping mall or Walmart, and the only chain restaurant in town may be the local Pizza Hut. (If you even have that!) And the towns where when you run into the local ‘mom and pap’ grocery store in the winter season, you leave your car running AND unlocked so you don’t have to wait for it to warm up when you finish getting groceries.

I am personally from one of these rural towns. I am a proud 2011 graduate of Marion High School (Go Warriors!), where my graduating class was around 40 students. Marion is a town of about 1,800 people in which everybody knows everybody and there is not a single stoplight in all of Marion County. About 45% of the K-State student body is from towns or schools similar to this, where their high school graduating class was less than 200 students.

Trust me; it can be rather daunting attending a university of over 24,000 students, which is about 12 times bigger than your entire hometown. So here are just a few tips from a fellow small-town kid:

In smaller high schools, you sometimes feel like you are literally involved in everything. Not only are you on the volleyball, basketball, and track teams, but you are also involved in the school musical, choir, forensics, FCCLA, and Key Club. In college, however, you are probably not going to be able to be involved in as many activities. (At least, I’m not able to.) My suggestion is to initially find one to three clubs, organizations, or programs that you would really enjoy being a part of. Commit yourself to those for a semester and then evaluate if you can add more activities to your work load. Key tip here: Find organizations you are passionate about, and try not to over extend yourself too much.

It is very easy to become involved in a small high school, and it is the same way at K-State, but you may have to get outside of your comfort zone just a little bit. One of the biggest mistakes I personally made as a freshman was I that I was unwilling to do this. As a result, I probably missed out on some great opportunities my freshman year. So my tip here is to try something that may be a totally new experience for you. For me, that was becoming involved in a fraternity on campus.

While K-State is a large university, it is also a university that wants to get to know every one of our students. So, my final tip is to embrace the K-State Family. Meet new people in the organizations or living communities that you are a part of. Get to know your professors. You will quickly realize that you cannot walk across campus without seeing multiple people that you know.

If you are apprehensive about the transition from a smaller high school to K-State, just dedicate yourself to a couple of student organizations, be willing to step outside your comfort zone every once in a while, and get to know the amazing people on our campus. So, as you are prepare for your first college semester, keep these tips in mind. By doing so, Manhattan and K-State won’t feel like a “big” place, and instead they will feel like your new home.

K-State Proud,

Landon

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Summer: That Means O&E and WWU!

Calling all high school seniors! If you haven’t already, now is the time to get signed up for Orientation and Enrollment and Wildcat Warm-Up. Chances are that you are already signed up. So, this is the time to start getting excited about finally becoming a Wildcat! The Orientation Leaders and the Wildcat Warm-Up Counselors are going to start training soon, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome all of the new students into K-State! (I will be one of your Orientation Leaders this summer!) For those of you who don’t know, Orientation and Enrollment is your time to get oriented to our university and you will also be officially enrolling for your fall classes. (I will have another blog on tips to have a successful Orientation Day as the time approaches.) We have an exciting day planned for all of you, but I won’t dive into the specifics so as not to deflate any of the anticipation that you may have.

Wildcat Warm-Up is an optional (but highly recommended!) program that is open to all of our new freshman students going through Orientation and Enrollment. Wildcat Warm-Up is offered three different weekends in June in which students will get a preview of what it is like to be a K-Stater. You will stay in the residence halls for an exciting weekend packed with K-State traditions, insight on leadership, student involvement and much more. You may even get to see a couple of K-State celebrities! Wildcat Warm-Up is also a great way to start new friendships and make connections at your new school. It is definitely a program that I would recommend to every incoming K-State freshman.

Whether you are going to be at Orientation and Wildcat Warm-Up or just Orientation, start getting excited, because as you can see below, we are definitely excited to have you in Manhattan this June! It’s going to be a great summer!

Summer Orientation and Wildcat Warm-Up Staff

K-State Proud,

Landon

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Faithful to Our Colors

It never ceases to amaze where I see my fellow K-Staters. As an avid traveler, I have literally seen Wildcats all over the country and all over the world. Just in the past year, I have seen K-Staters at the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Aruba, Louisville, Kentucky, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Vinalhaven, Maine which is an island only accessible by ferry with a population of 1,100 and I’m pretty sure it only sees about 3 tourists a day.

Now, sometimes I joke that I have enough K-State purple clothing to clothe an army. But in all seriousness, that really isn’t too much of a stretch. I probably have around 25 K-State t-shirts, 7 KSU polos, 3 Wildcat sweatshirts/wind breakers, 2 purple dress shirts to go along with my 2 purple ties, 2 pairs of K-State shorts, 1 pair of Wildcats swim trunks, a royal purple belt, 3 K-State hats, and 1 Wildcat stocking cap. To top all that off, I only write with purple pens. Yes, I most certainly bleed purple, and I am constantly wearing purple, especially when I travel.

For Spring Break, my family and I went to Aruba (I wore K-State clothing everyday) and we were not even there a full day before I heard a, “Go Cats!” while we were at the grocery store. My family ended up having a nice conversation with a couple from eastern Kansas, and it just so happened that their daughter and son-in-law have season football tickets in the seats next to my parents. What a small world! Later in the week, I ran into a high school senior who was coming to K-State and another prospective student who just asked me about our university because I was wearing one of my purple shirts. (I, of course, went into recruitment mode with that student!)

So, no matter where you are or where you go, always sport the purple. You never know who you might meet or run into because of it, and you can also be an example to the rest of the world on who our amazing K-State Family is!

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Advice for High School Seniors

Ahhh the end of Spring Break. Which means the return of classes and the final homestretch before the end of the semester and school year. For high school seniors, you are probably ready for next fall to get here already! Still, you may be having some lingering concerns heading into your first year of college. Here are a few of the more popular questions and concerns of K-State prospective students:

Where to go: Perhaps you are still on the fence on where you want to attend college. My advice would be continue to make last minute college visits and go where it feels like home and where you feel like part of a family. This may sound a little odd, but when I left my college visit at K-State my senior year of high school, I knew it was the place for me because I felt like I had an extended family and a home at K-State and in Manhattan.

Housing: Many students have already completed their housing contracts to live in the residence halls. If you haven’t accomplished this yet though, do not fret. You still have time to complete it, but I would advise you do do that soon. Also, you might have some concerns if you do not know your future roommate before next fall. Fear not! Many times arrangements like this end up in great, lasting friendships and plus it is a great way to start meeting people and getting “outside your comfort zone” your first day on campus.

How to pay for college: This is generally the number one concern for both students and parents. While the deadline has already past for university scholarships at K-State, there are a number of other ways that you can help ease the financial burden that can come with college. 1) Continue to apply for scholarships after your first year of college. Specific departments at K-State offer some very nice ones, but be sure sure to look outside the university as well. 2) Get a part-time job. On-campus part-time jobs are especially popular among students in Manhattan. It is a great way to have a little bit more cash on hand, and whoever you work for understands that you are a student and they are more than willing to work around your schedule. K-State’s Career and Employment Services (CES) can help students find these part-time jobs by setting up an appointment or by completing a personal online account on their website.

And if you are still apprehensive about getting ready for college, just look at this picture for my Spring Break vacation. It definitely calms me down as I think about hitting the books again for the final weeks of the semester.

K-State Proud,

Landon

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Leadership Challenge

Well, this is a first. I am composing this blog 30,000 feet in the air as my family and I are traveling to Aruba for Spring Break! A few random thoughts that I have had at this height is that the ocean is really rather large and I wish it was purple instead of blue.

Anyways, back to the main topic of this blog. The rest of the K-State bloggers are constantly gushing about all of the amazing opportunities the our university has to offer. Well, I might as well add to this list as well right!? A couple of weekends ago, I was fortunate to attend the 2013 Wildcat Leadership Challenge, which is a four day intensive leadership retreat open to any K-State student held at Rock Springs. Throughout the four day weekend, the participants had the opportunity to listen and interact with numerous, influential K-State faculty members which included the always entertaining Mike Finnegan, a Super Bowl champion, and the thought provoking Dr. Be Stoney, just to name a few. Perhaps this highlight of the weekend though, was when we, as K-State students, were able to develop an idea to create positive change on our campus when we returned. We divided into groups that we were passionate about, such as Greek system, public relations, educational experience, etc. Every group came up with fantastic ideas and we are now in the process of implementing them into our campus.

All of this really exemplifies the commitment that Kansas State University has to constantly improving our college. And this clearly extends all the way from President Schultz and our administration to our students. Once again, Leadership Challenge also shows the endless opportunities that K-State students are offered day in and day out.

Have a great Spring Break everybody! I know I definitely will!

K-State Proud,

Landon

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