Grandma Worm’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Every semester, as it gets closer to finals week, I find myself waking up later and later. I often end up sacrificing breakfast to make it to class on time. My roommate gave me this recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip muffins that are super easy to make and are perfect for grabbing to take with you to class! These muffins are perfect for fall and the holidays! Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Yield: 24 standard size muffins Ingredients: 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 can (16 oz) pumpkin 1 ½ cups vegetable oil 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips Directions: Preheat oven t

A Positive Attitude Looks Great on You!

It has reached that point in the semester that the weather is changing, due dates for projects and papers are suddenly HERE, and exams seem to be around every corner. Everyone on campus is ready for fall and winter break, and the short amount of time separating us from some much-needed time at home can feel much longer than a few short weeks. It is easy to let the outside world impact your inner mood and create negativity in your head. Having a negative attitude has been shown to decrease productivity and creativity, as well as change how we handle situations and make decisions. In my own experience, having a negative attitude is just downright draining! But the bright side is that a posit

Essentials for the Journey Home over Holiday Breaks

Going to college ten hours from where I grew up can be challenging at times. The distance makes me miss my family, the farm and, of course, my dog. I wouldn’t trade my experiences and friends I’ve made at K-State for anything, but I am always excited to head east for holiday breaks. Five months without going home can be trying! Here are my road trips essentials. 1. A Good Playlist Being a central Indiana girl in a Kansas world and an avid Smokey & the Bandit fan, you better believe that the song “East Bound and Down” by Jerry Reed plays every time I turn onto I-70 to head home. I have to get hype to see my family and doggo! I have a specified “Road Trip” playlist on my phone for the long dri

Coping with College Stress

Being at college comes with many responsibilities or requirements that pull me in every direction. Among learning all the valuable information in classes, being a college student means learning life lessons, like learning to cope with stress. Everybody has different methods, but for me some of the major ways would be making time to be with friends. They also know what I am going through, and they can help take my mind off it through smiles and laughter. Another way I de-stress is working out. I always make it a point to have time carved out during the day to go to the gym and work out; it takes my mind off a hectic day. Many times, the feeling of homesickness can creep up on me, on top of ev

Why work at camp war eagle?

Camp War Eagle is a Christian camp located off of Beaver Lake in Rogers, Arkansas. The camp is spread out over 600 acres of beautiful forest land and rolling hills with 100 different classes and activities offered to the underserved and underprivileged youth of Northwest Arkansas. During this last summer, I devoted six weeks to taking part in impacting children ranging in ages between seven and seventeen. During my employment, I was positively affected from my experience. Below are the top three reasons why working at Camp War Eagle will be the best way to spend your summer. Impacting the lives of our future: The kids you get to work with are extremely unique! From the little kids to the sen

Things I miss from home

Another fall semester is starting to wind down, and the colors of fall are setting in everywhere. While I truly love fall and the beauty it brings to our campus here at Kansas State University, it makes me miss home. Back home in the good life of Nebraska, there are a few things I terribly miss while I’m down in Kansas. For starters, the pumpkin patch. Britt’s patch on the outside of Manhattan is so cute, now just imagine it 20 times larger and that’s what Vala’s is like. Secondly, harvest. Yes, I know, it sounds crazy to miss such a hectic time that usually just brings annoying allergies to the normal person, but I’ll explain more later. And Finally, I miss all my animals. It’s a lot harder

What Sophomore year has taught me about passions.

Everyone has something they’re passionate about, and in college, it’s prevalent more than ever. Many people’s passions align with what they are going into, pre-vet majors should care about animals and agronomy majors should care about plants. I’ve always found it intriguing to talk to others who have passions that are vastly varied. For example, my major is agricultural education, and I’ve had the privilege to teach students about pollinators, soil health, animals, and food production. I’ve had the chance to witness first-hand students with no connections to agriculture find something in the ag industry that they might be passionate about. However, as much as I love educating students and I

K-State, I will miss you

As graduation is quickly approaching in May, the realization that my adventure as an undergraduate is coming to an end. Where did the time go? It seems just like yesterday I was moving into the dorms with a high school friend. Now I am getting ready to move across the country on my own to start the process towards obtaining my dream job. As I prepare to transition into this new phase of my life, there is so many things that I will miss once I leave Manhappiness. ‘The Bill’ I will miss the amazing atmosphere and wonderful friendships made at ‘The Bill’. From eating the tailgate food, hanging out with friends and family, to cheering on the beloved cats. It is always a great time watching wildc

Tips for an outstanding interview

Interviews are a fundamental part of a college students’ life, as we are introduced in to the professional world. With practice and experience, interviews become much easier, however there are some tips that can help you be successful in an interview! 1. Be authentic I find it crucial to let my passions shine during an interview, and this usually comes along with being true to myself. According to Forbes, the most important thing to do is be yourself! It is also imperative to show what we care about. Whatever it may be that we are passionate about we need to make sure we show that to a potential employer. 2. Do not be afraid to show yourself off The fundamentals behind this tip includes havi

Women’s Best Friend

When classmates find out that I have a dog living in my dorm room, most of them talk about how much they miss their dog and how lucky I am to have mine here. However, there are some that are bitter about me having my dog in the dorms and think it is not fair that I seem to be "above" the rules. They are unaware about how long the process was to get her here, or why she is here in the first place. She provides me an extra boost of motivation and helps me branch out from my introverted ways. I have a Siberian Husky mix that is six years old. She responds to Ellie and Ellie-Bellie at times, but her Husky shows through with her selective hearing. Although she is six, she is a pup at heart. Ellie

Sigma Alpha Blog

Written by the Sisters of Sigma Alpha

Kansas State University Sigma Alpha

Edited by, Toccoa Cochrane 

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