I Am Terrified to Study Abroad… and That’s Okay

This summer will be the first time I travel outside the United States. I was lucky enough to be chosen to spend 16 days in Switzerland learning about their culture, food, and agriculture. We will be hiking the Swiss Alps, going to the first seeing eye dog academy, touring a dairy operation, among many other things. While I am excited to see this beautiful country, I am also absolutely scared. And here’s why: What if I don’t pack the right things? On this trip, we are only allowed one small carry-on suitcase and a backpack, which leaves little room for packing mistakes. What if I don’t bring enough pants? What if I don’t bring the right pants? What if all I bring is pants and it happens to ac

4 Tips for Freshmen at Kansas State

Nearing the end of my freshman year at Kansas State, I have encountered many different situations with people and classes. While I’d like to consider myself an expert about college life, it wasn’t always effortless. I have compiled my top four tips for freshmen to possibly help their experience as a new student here at K-State. Tip #1 - Get Involved Getting involved in different student organizations offered here on campus is an easy way to meet new people. Luckily, K-State offers many different clubs to be a part of which have members with similar interests. The College of Ag specifically has clubs for each major as well as general agriculture clubs one of which being Sigma Alpha. It’s a go

Living up to my Childhood Nickname

My mom’s parents live in Kansas City, Kansas. During the summer, my brother and I would take turns to go to Mommo and Poppo “training” camps. When I went down the only thing I would want to do is play computer games, like Slingo, JumpStart, and Chuzzle. I always wanted my brain to be thinking. I was also that girl who took her half-finished workbooks from school and finished them during the summer… Through all of this I earned a childhood nickname of the Computer Brain. Growing up, I really didn’t think I was more tech savvy than the rest of my peers. This nickname felt like it never fit me. Now that I am in college, I have realized there are many reasons why I have lived up to my childhood

Changing Winds

Everyone at one point in their life fears change. It’s the monster that hides behind an invisible curtain, and just when you think it’s gone, it pops out in front of you. From the seasons to hair color things change, and sometimes you don’t notice it happens. These past two weeks I’ve noticed many things change. My sleep schedule has probably seen the most massive change, due to spring break and my love of procrastinating studying till ten o’clock at night. I’ve decided to change my diet and make a switch to healthier foods. However, the biggest changes I’ve observed have come from other people. One of my dearest friends seems to have lost her way. Despite her confusion in life, she is incre

Take a Chance- Study Abroad

This past spring break I had the amazing opportunity to travel with 12 other students for a faculty led study abroad in Spain. This was my third study abroad since I have been in college, but Spain has always been on my bucket list. After four years of Spanish in high school and in my last class for a Spanish minor here at K-State, I have learned a lot about Spain through the years. Spain has been influenced by a lot of cultures before its rise to power in the 1500-1700s, and these influences can be seen throughout its architecture, art, language, and food. My group was only in Spain for ten days, so our stay focused in the Barcelona and Girona areas where we had the chance to experience

Quotes I Live My Life By

As we all know, life can be difficult if we do not have a sense of identity. I wrap my identity around how I live and the morals that I live by. The following quotes are words that I base my life off of everyday, and the serve as a template for how I wish to live. “You miss 100% of the shots you never take,” -Wayne Gretzky. This is a quote that has influenced my life greatly, and not just because I’m a fan of hockey. These words tell me that if I do not try, nothing will happen. I have a much better chance of succeeding by taking my shots, because if I don’t I will fail 100% of the time. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love,” – 1 Corinthians 13

Sunday Morning Waffles

In my house, Belgian waffles are a staple on Sunday mornings, and if for some reason we make waffles on anything but a Sunday, it just doesn’t feel right. So here is my family’s time honored recipe for Sunday Morning Belgian Waffles: 2 eggs 2 cups flour ½ cup vegetable oil or ½ cup (1 stick) margarine or butter, melted 1 ¾ cups milk 1 tablespoon table sugar or brown sugar. 4 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt Heat waffle baker. Beat eggs with wire whisk or hand beater in medium bowl until fluffy. Beat in remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour about 2/3 cup batter onto center of hot waffle baker. Bake about 5 minutes or until ready light comes on. Remove waffle carefully. Makes about 4

Simply Honored

This past summer my sister and I had the opportunity and privilege to volunteer as Kansas Honor Flight Guardians for Korean and Vietnam War veterans. The Kansas Honor Flight is an all-volunteer organization that works to honor veterans of World War II, the Korean, and Vietnam Wars by providing them with an all-expense paid, a three-day trip of honor and remembrance to their memorials in Washington, D.C. During our three-day trip, my sister and I learned so much about our nation’s history and even more about the sacrifices our troops have made for us today. My veteran was Bob Burton, he served during the Korean War in the Navy serving for more than a year, where he spent six full months under

Being the Best Version of You

When I was a freshman in high school, I decided to change my habits and be the best version that I can possibility be. I started going to my local YMCA with my mom, and soon found my passion for running and after time I couldn’t go a day without running. The feeling during running, as if I am on top of the world. Have you had a moment like this when you felt invisible, or like you could do anything that you set your mind to? If not, then you need to go out and find something that you have a passion for that makes you feel like that! Go out of your comfort zone and discover some type of exercise that makes you have that feeling! Go to the rec, go to that Zumba, pound, cycle, or yoga class or

Life Lessons in the Barn

Growing up I have been extremely active in the livestock industry. However, the life lessons that I have learned in the barn have gone far beyond just the show ring, but the lessons learned are applicable to all areas of my life, and if you are apart of the livestock industry you will probably agree. Be humble- Don’t brag about your success, simply, “Work hard in silence, and let success make the noise.” Be a gracious loser- Although this is much easier said, than done, it is important to learn from your losses and acknowledge the work put in by your competitors. Take a step outside of your comfort zone- Don’t let your walls confine you, break through your boundaries and do the unthinkable.

Hay is for Girls

Click, click, click, BAM! I gently push the clutch down and then the brake to bring the rickety old hay truck to a stop to assess the damage. With the creak of the door I step out into the blistering sun where I’m face to face with four sweat soaked 18-year-old boys. They reach around me for the water jug as I walk back to the rusty old hay loader we depend so much on. With the flick of a lever, the loader is back to semi working condition. One step back to the truck and the boys start whining and moaning about the 100-degree July weather they are working in. “If you think I’m getting back up there in this heat your crazy,” whined Larry. The rest of them enthusiastically agreed as I shook my

Surviving School After Spring Break: My Top 10 Tips

Everyone knows that coming back to school after Spring Break is the worst. Here are the best 10 ways I have found help me cope and finish the semester strong! Grab a Planner and write in due dates! - Don’t slip behind in school work. Stay on top of what’s coming and be prepared Take a Break - It’s hard to jump back into to the full swing of things! Give yourself time to adjust, but don’t lose focus! COFFEE!!! - Coffee is always your friend, but after sleeping in for a whole week coffee will make that 8:30 class so much more bearable. Ditch the laptop - take notes by hand so you aren’t tempted to online shop or check your social media. Find Good Things! - It’s too easy to be overwhelmed by th

My Brother’s Top-Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

My brothers and I all grew up involved in 4-H, and would enter a variety of projects each year. While the foods project was never my favorite (or the one I was most successful at – I am not the most skilled in the kitchen), my brothers all seemed to inherit my mom’s skill for cooking. My youngest brother, Justin, is especially great at baking, and makes the best chocolate chip cookies. When I come home for breaks, or visit for the weekends, he usually surprises me with a batch of warm cookies. I thought I would share the recipe so that others can enjoy them, too! Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on how large you make them. Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking s

7 Lessons I Learned Through College

As my last semester at K-State is quickly coming to an end, I find myself reminiscing on all of the amazing, and some not so amazing, memories from my 4 years here in Manhattan. This has me thinking about some of the knowledge and tips I have acquired over my college years and how I should share what I’ve learned. So I decided to compile a short list of some of the 7 biggest lessons I’ve learned in my years and here they are: Take Plenty of Pictures Over your time in college you will do and experience so many things. You will also create so many memories and it’s important that you cherish and remember these times. A way that I like to help capture times is by taking so many pictures. My ca

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