What Sigma Alpha Means to Me

What is your first impression of a sorority? Do you picture something from the movie, “Legally Blonde” or do you imagine something with endless parties? Well, I’m here to tell you that sororities can be so much more than that. All throughout high school and even the start of college, I never thought I’d join a sorority. I never thought I was the type of girl to be in a sorority… and yet here I am now, a freshman in college and a proud member of the Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority. Since starting college, I feel as though my eyes have been opened to so many new ideas and opportunities, those of which I am very grateful for. During an RA training session I attended last semester, one of my (

Learning to Say No

This semester, I have learned to say no. I’ve always had a hard time saying no because I love to be super involved and busy, but recently, I’ve learned that “survival mode” tends to be my go-to lifestyle. So, if you are anything like me, learning to say no and prioritize the important things is essential to a successful college life. So, are you too busy? Like I said earlier if you are in the constant state of “survival” and can’t remember the last time you felt “caught up” this is a major sign that you should reevaluate your schedule and make some changes. In addition, other signs of busy include: you can’t remember the last time you ate a meal without multitasking, went to bed on time, wok

De-Stress with Cookies!

My name is Elizabeth Donaldson and I am a junior in Animal Science. I have two roommates that I share a duplex with. One thing that I look forward to is the dinners that I share with my roommates most nights. We take turns cooking and always help each other with the meal or cleanup. It is relaxing to come home from school and make a meal with a couple good friends. My roommates and I have a lot of fun making dinner and eating together. It is nice to sit down and catch up on what’s new in our lives. We love our sweets too- so one of us will try to make a dessert for the meal as well. One of my favorite desserts is a delicious chocolate chip cookie. I found this recipe on Pinch of Yum and they

My College Story

I remember when I first started college in the fall of 2016. I was excited, but very nervous. I was 22 hours from home in a completely new place that I only knew a few people. At least I knew people at all; however, it was still a big change, it was a lot to take in. I was ready to be in a different place and start my college career. A few days went by and it was fine. I was busy adjusting to dorm life and being in a large town and having thousands of college kids around me all the time. There was always something going on. I knew I needed to stay busy so I would not become homesick, but that was easier said than done. The next week I began to get a little sad. I missed home and my d

Five Things Having a Roommate Has Taught Me

I have had the same roommate my entire time in college. We started out as roommates in the dorms and have shared an apartment during our sophomore and junior years. Throughout our years of living together, I have not only found one of my best friends but have learned quite a few life lessons along the way as well! Here are the top five things living with a roommate has taught me! Share Everyone learns how to share from their first day of preschool but living with another person is a whole new level of sharing. Growing up, I had my own bedroom since I could remember. When I got to college and lived in the dorms, I had to share four walls with another person. I learned the importance of person

A Tip to Make Things Simpler, One Minute at a Time

The musical “RENT” popularized a very catchy tune and question: How do you measure, measure a year? The numerical answer provided in the song as we all know was “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes”, but today I want to talk about just a single minute instead and what you can do with it. As a college student, it is incredibly easy to put tasks of all sizes off. This is fine in the moment for a single thing, but soon enough, the one thing has become many and you don’t know where to start! This is where the Minute Rule comes in! The “Minute Rule”, created by Gretchen Rubin, is a tool I have been using for a couple of months now to get tasks done that I might have previously d

Update: My roommate is still a dog, and I got another dog

I have found that having an emotional support dog with me in the dorms has helped me significantly. From getting up in the morning to starting conversations, Ellie has been there for me. However, there is an issue with having an emotional support dog; she isn't able to fully help me to the level that I need. Prior to making Ellie my emotional support dog, my family and medical professionals were prepared to go one step further and get a Service Dog. I was honestly overwhelmed with the idea of just now getting a service animal to help me in my day-to-day life, especially at the age of 20. I debated the process of owner training my own Service Dog and how it would affect not only myself, but p

Nothing Compares

Coming from a very competitive school district, I grew up comparing myself to the people around me in all aspects of life, especially academics. I entered college fearing the worst. In such a large community, I imagined all the people who were going to be better than me: smarter than me, with better jobs, more experiences, bigger goals, better ambitions than I have. I was a small fish entering a big pond; a pond full of amazing, ambitious, brilliant fish. I was paralyzed with fear trying to figure out how I would compare to others around me and worrying what others would think of me. Luckily, I found an amazing group of students at K-State that I am lucky to call my friends, including my Sig

5 reasons to get involved in college

College can be a tricky place to find where you fit in, especially if you are coming from a rural area, and you didn’t have to try very hard to find people like you. One way I helped combat this was by getting involved, not only in extracurricular activities but in my major’s department as well. During my short time at K-State, I have been the Vice President of the Food Science Club, the Second Vice President of Sigma Alpha, the manager of the lab I work in, a dual major, and a volunteer at the catholic student center here on campus. These activities have proven to be very beneficial not only socially, but professionally as well. I’m going to share 5 reasons why I believe everyone should be

Tasty Andes Mint Cookies

If you are a chocolate and mint person looking for the perfect cookie for Christmas, or really, anytime of the year look no further! Let’s just say the dough requires an entire bag of chocolate chips.. oh yeah! They are delicious when warm, but I really like to put them in the freezer and eat them cold! I give credit to and thank Mary Janssen for making these my favorite cookies of all time. Recipe Ingredients: ¾ cup butter 1 ½ cups brown sugar 2 tablespoons water 12 oz chocolate chips 2 eggs 2 ¾ cups flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda 2 packages of Andes Mints Directions: Melt together the butter, brown sugar and water in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally. Add the chocol

Sigma Alpha Blog

Written by the Sisters of Sigma Alpha

Kansas State University Sigma Alpha

Edited by, Toccoa Cochrane 

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