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Regional SASES

Being an agronomy student at Kansas State University has many perks, one being the amazing opportunities I have been presented with. A few weeks ago I went to South Dakota to attend the Regional SASES meeting, this meeting is where many agronomy clubs from all over the USA meet up and learn about different states agriculture programs and agriculture as a whole. I had never really experienced the agriculture in SD before so this was a very interesting experience. During the meetings we had many different keynote speakers who told us about the future of agriculture. The best part of the conference was the tours, there were five different tours and each student got to go on one of the tours. The tour that was picked for me was a tour that went to Lankota and a vineyard and two other stops. Lankota was a very interesting tractor implement manufacturing plant that is family owned by brothers Lance and Dakota, and their mother who just so happened to be a KSU alum. Then we went to the vineyard which was also family owned by a family born and raised in SD, they explained to us their cultural practices, varietal tests and wine production practices and we finished off the tour with a wine tasting event. This was a once in a lifetime experience and I was so glad that I got to experience this with some of my closest friends. I encourage everyone to get out there and to get involved in as many clubs and trips as possible because these are the memories that will last a lifetime.

In Sisterhood,

Tara Wilson

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My first year as an Ag student

I grew up in a city that didn’t place much importance on agriculture. Because of where I’m from, I was never involved in FFA or 4H. Before coming to K-State, I only had the stereotypical picture of agriculture in my head: a farmer on a tractor, in the middle of a field with a red barn behind him. However, I ended up here, at K-State in the College of Agriculture pursuing a degree in food science.
I was intimidated as soon as I heard that the Food Science Institute was part of the College of Ag. I had no idea what to expect going into my first semester. I was reading through my syllabi before classes started in the Fall and one thing stuck with me. One of my professors included a short paragraph about common courtesy toward other students. He mentioned that students who worked in the feedlots or with animals before class should make sure that they have clean clothes on so the scents do not distract other students. He also explained that hats were not to be worn in his class, again, to not distract students. This is the first memory I have of my freshman year, and the only thought I had at the time was “What have I gotten myself into?”
As the year has gone on, I’ve found myself growing into my new community and becoming more comfortable with the idea of being part of something that I didn’t know much about. I joined a few different clubs and organizations to try to further my understanding and involvement in the Ag community that I am going to be part of for the next few years. By joining the Sigma Alpha sisterhood, I have grown in way that I never imagined possible. I have been happily surprised by the acceptance and caring the agricultural community consistently shows, and I’m so blessed to now be part of it. I’m so excited to see how else I can grow within this community and how I can encourage others to do the same.
In Sisterhood,
Emma Claybrook

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What I Learned During my Freshman Year at K-State

Like many college freshman, college was a whole new territory for me. In high school, I graduated at the top of my class, knew everyone in my school, and never really had to spend time outside of school studying; however, college is the exact opposite for me. College definitely took some time to get used to and find my place among the 24,000 other students. Below are the top 5 things I learned during my freshman year at K-State.

It’s okay to not know anyone the first day!

When I first moved into my dorm room at the beginning of the fall semester, I knew very few people at K-State. Of course I knew of some people through FFA and the few kids from my high school that attend here, but as far as close friends, I had none. College is a completely new chapter in my life, a new start. It’s exciting to be able to start over and create a whole new path for yourself. So many new friends to be made. While in college, I was able to find friends that were interested in the same things I was and find my lifelong friends.

Try new things!

College is a time to branch out and try things you never thought of or had the chance to do back home. Don’t be afraid to go and sign up for that club or take that class that is outside your comfort zone. You never know what you might learn, and who knows you might end up loving it. For me, joining Sigma Alpha was something that I’d never thought I’d join. Because I decided to branch out and try something new, I have had so many great opportunities and met so many great women in the agricultural field.

Don’t bring all your clothes!

As much as I wanted to bring every article of clothing and every pair of shoes, my small dorm room wouldn’t allow it. When I moved into my dorm room in the fall, I brought way too much stuff. The dorm rooms are small, but when you over pack and bring to much stuff, you room seems even smaller. I promise you can live without the sandals that you haven’t worn since two summers ago.

Your GPA doesn’t depict your future!

All through high school I easily got straight As, but that’s not as easy to do in college. Don’t let grades define your self-worth. Of course we all want a 4.0, but it’s okay if we don’t achieve that goal. There are going to be some classes where you struggle a little more and no matter how hard you try, you can’t get an A. Your experiences, study abroad, internships, and connections made is what is really going to make you stand out to an employer, not just the high GPA.

Have fun!

Everyone says the college years are some of the best years of your life, and I truly believe that. This is where you make life long memories and friendships. You get to explore things you never knew existed and finally become the person you want to be when you grow up. Don’t just spend your days away studying for every class, set time aside to have fun and make those lasting memories, because on day you’ll graduate and your college years will be over.

In Sisterhood,

Mallory Meek

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Life Lesson for the End of the Year

Like many of us, I went to a small school where if you did one activity you did them all. My days were filled with club meetings, FFA events, and practices for volleyball and basketball. Basketball, however, was not my forte, and after playing all through junior high and my freshman year of high school I decided it was time to hang up my Nikes and just support my friends on the sidelines. However, the coaches I had throughout basketball taught me more than just how to shoot an awesome layup, and unlike my layup, I still use the lessons they taught me.

One day during practice we were running through our skills work, when Coach Jones, (a.k.a. my reading teacher, my best friend’s mom, and the high school girls’ basketball coach’s wife), really started to lay in to us for doing something wrong. I can remember her looking at all of us standing around her and telling us, “The day I, or any other coach, stops yelling at you is the day we have given up on you.” Of course, she, and every other coach I’ve had, never stopped yelling. They continued to push us to be our best, not only on the court, but in the classroom, in our clubs, with our families, and in every other aspect of our lives.

As we get closer to the end of the year, we may begin to get frustrated with our grades and all the tests and projects piling up, and we begin thinking that we should just give up – the year is almost over, it really can’t affect our grades that much. So here is where I ask you to keep yelling at yourself, keep pushing yourself to finish strong and put another W in your record book. And if you feel like you can’t yell anymore find someone who will yell for you, or with you, or even at you.

In Sisterhood,

Olivia Harrison

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The Characters of the Department of Agriculture: Where would you see your favorite TV character?

Guilty is charged, we have all binged watched a few TV show series in our college career. Whether your choice of poison is Hulu or Netflix, you have gain appreciation and love for those fictional characters. But what if they enrolled in the Department of Agriculture?

 

Agriculture Technology Management: Wade Kinsella from Hart of Dixie

This dreamy southern hunk would be in Ag Tech Management. Wade is always fixing things for Zoey or doing something with his hands. Mechanical inclined, he would be on Quarter-Scale Tractor Team and always be in the shop.

Ag Communication: Olivia Pope from Scandal

Olivia, once served as the Press Secretary for the POTUS, knows a thing or two about communicating to the masses. Her strong sense of the power of communicating would make her a good fit for being an editor of our nationally ranked magazine, Agriculturist.

Agriculture Education: Ms. Frizzle from Magic School Bus

Going old school here but Ms. Frizzle would be THE COOLEST AG TEACHER EVER. With her love for science and learning her students would sweep State CDEs and have the most impressive SAEs. Also, how cool would it be to jump in the Magic School Bus and drive through a rumen?!?

Animal Science: Amy Fleming from Heartland

The horse whisper herself would be enrolled in every animal science class she could. An animal lover and business women, Amy would graduate with Honors and would receive an Equine Certificate.

 

Park Management and Conservation: Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation

As the Director of the Pawnee Parks and Recreational Department, Ron would pick up a thing or two in the PMC major. He would probably run for President for George White Society and suggest at every meeting they sit in the woods with a steak and talk about woodworking.

Food Science: Sooki St. James from Gilmore Girls

She may have an accident-prone, unorthodox way of cooking but Sookie St. James is the best cook within miles of Stars Hollow. This master chef would probably be working in the Call Hall Dairy Bar, hopefully not starting any kitchen fires.

Feed Science: Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs

He may not be a TV Character but he fits the bill for Feed Science; as a major that requires you to get down and dirty. As he understands that someone’s got to do the dirty work, Mike would be a Student Employee at the Feed Mill doing the nastiest jobs.

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In Sisterhood,

Natalie Dick

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What I Learned at College

Growing up I was always told high school would be the best 4 years of my life. While I focused on school work, my shot putt footwork, and FFA I realized that for many this would be their favorite 4 years, but it wouldn’t be mine. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the people I went to school with, I made some lifelong friendships, and had experienced things that helped shape me into who I am. From breaking my personal shot put record my senior year to winning the state Ag Sales competition, these experiences truly showed me that working hard and preparation can really make a difference. However, growing up as a first generation student, I never really knew how to prepare for college; the diversity, the classes, the freedom, and the homesickness. This is where I begin to tell you on what I have learned from college as a first generation college freshman.

1) The Diversity:

I grew up in a very small town in northern Illinois, basically in the middle of nowhere. Needless to say, I never experienced much diversity with other cultures and overall just different minded people. Let me tell you one thing I noticed the first time I walked onto the great campus of K-State, the people. Everyone walking around me had some sort of buddy, they were all happy. I never noticed how many different backgrounds could make up a campus until that first day. These people all mixed and I realized that here on campus I could finally experience a wide range of diversity. Whether it was when I got to work with several people from all around the globe, people from Kansas, or even other people from Illinois that all had different experiences and and backgrounds that brought them here.

2) The Classes:

Let me start out by saying the very first class I went to my very first semester, I fell asleep (SHHH don’t tell my mom). I was sitting in the very back of my first huge lecture hall, psychology 101. The reason for this mid-day snooze was a mix of not being able to sleep the night before from nerves of my first day and a very, very monotone professor. I won’t name any names on who this professor was, but she turned out to be an extremely passionate in psychology and teaching. This was my first experience of what college classes were like. However, as the semester continued on I realized these classes take a lot more work than I ever experienced. I was always used to not having to study and classes coming easy to me. Well if that is how high school was for you, then I will let you know that college changes all study and work habits. At least it did for me, and I hope knowing this could help any future college students with classes.

3) The Freedom:

I always knew that I would no longer have my parents and teachers watching over me, making sure I was in class, and pushing me to do my best. It truly didn’t set in until that 8:30 class on a Monday in the middle of the semester. I woke up and didn’t want to go to class and I didn’t have to. To be honest with you I wanted to lay in bed all day and watch netflix, but I couldn’t. Since I was paying to go to class, I needed to go to class.

4) The Homesickness:

Growing up, my family has always been close. My two older brothers helped raise me and shape me into who I am. So when I moved to Kansas (9 hours away from my little town and family) it was hard to leave. I never knew how hard until about three weeks into the semester. It was the longest I have been away from them. That feeling is something that can’t be explained and it can’t be prepared for. I believe that feeling homesickness is one of the best things I have learned at college, because it reminds me of all those back home whom I love and who love me.

In Sisterhood,

Kendra Snyder

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How to Forgive Someone Who Never Apologized

“Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.” -Unknown

We’ve all been there. We’ve all been hurt by someone that was close to us. The pain feels like a boulder just sitting on your stomach, and you aren’t sure it is ever going to go away. And the worst part? The person that hurt you didn’t take the time to apologize. I understand how much it hurts. But there are some things you can do that can lead you closer healing and to eventually be able to forgive them and move on with your life.

  1. Talk it out with someone. It helps so much. There is no way you are going to be able to get over something if you don’t talk it out to come to terms with the situation. Keeping everything bottled up inside is never the answer. Find your best friend, find a carton of ice cream, and spill everything. They just want to help you.
  2. Try to see it their way. I know this can be the hardest part. Maybe they didn’t realize you were hurt by their actions. Maybe they just don’t care enough to tell you sorry. Maybe they were hurt by something you did and responded to it. Maybe you will never know the reason. But at least you are trying to see it in a different perspective, and it’s the thought that counts right?
  3. Move on. A little harsh, I know. But you can’t expect to get over something when it’s all you ever think about. Find something to distract yourself, whether it’s going out with friends, being around your family, a new hobby, a funny movie, or even a good book that you can curl up in a blanket and read. Anything that doesn’t involve laying in your bed all day in the same clothes on that you wore yesterday.
  4. Wait. As much as we hate hearing it, it takes time. While it really hurts now, life will go on. The sun will go down, and then proceed to come back up whether you are ready or not. Days will turn into weeks, weeks to months, etc. But at some point you are going to lift your head and realize that it doesn’t hurt as bad as it used to. That smiling is becoming an easier thing to do. It’s hard to be patient and look past the hurt that is inside us right now, but better days are coming. I pinky promise.
  5. Realize that you are going to be okay. You are worthy of the whole world. Don’t let this one bad experience define you. There are so many other things to see and do. New people to meet. You deserve to be happy. You deserve to enjoy the life you have here on earth. You will make it through this as a stronger, more independent person that now has even more lessons and advice to share with others. Take this pain as a sign that you are indeed alive and living life.

    Forgiveness can be hard. But sometimes you have to do it for you, not the other person. Being able to let go of the anger and resentment will, in turn, let you be happier. By forgiving, you are able to let go of this burden of bad feelings, and you will free yourself. I know you will eventually be able to forgive. And I know that when you do, it will feel like the best feeling in the world. But until that time comes, you have a ton of support to help you along the way. We will always be here for you.

 

In Sisterhood,

Savannah Parkey

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Dear Friend

Dear Friend,

I heard you’re the sibling to a child with special needs, and I wanted to write you a letter explaining why you have a one-up on life. I know your life might seem hard or different from your friends, but trust me, you will most definitely be more prepared for life than of your friends.

Everyday you see love your parents have for your special sibling, and it’s being embedded into your heart. You see the patience they exhibit when caring for him or her, and it’s being buried into your soul. You see that your parents never stop trying to get what your sibling needs, and it’s being ingrained into your mind. You see your parents exhaust themselves so your sibling and you are well taken care of, and you’re learning from this. You may not know it, but all of these little things are teaching you traits of how to be an amazing person.

I’m certain that being the sibling to a child with different needs is a struggle. I know you have those moments where your heart strings with confusion about how others talk and view your special sibling the person you love with every ounce in your body. When you can sleep at night because you are worried about their future. I know you have those moments when you get mad and frustrated because you can’t fix their problem no matter how much you want to. All of those times are totally understandable. You have a right to be upset every now and then. But you have to look at all the blessing they have provided you with. How about when you get to see your sibling reach a milestone and get that proud feeling that overcomes your body? You get to experience a friendship like no other. Your sibling completely and utterly trusts and loves you with a love that can penetrated. They look at you with those beautiful eyes and know you’re there for them no matter what. The bond you guys have is indescribable. You’re their sibling, their friend and their protector. Your sibling might not speak verbally, but we both know your hearts together carry on conversations us adults could never possibly understand.

And I tell you what, That you parents see everything you do for your brother or sister. Your parents recognize every time you go out of your way to help your sibling. You do such an amazing job helping your parents. It surely takes a wonderful boy or girl to do what you do on a daily basis. I’m sure they tell you thank you, but sometimes if they don’t just know they are beyond thankful for you. Every once in awhile remind your parents how grateful for all they do for you and your sibling, I know sometimes they will frustrate you and you might snap. Just take a deep breath and remember that are working twice as work to create the best life for your sibling.

But most important of all, my dear one, the reason you are going to rock this life: You know true love, you know true heartache, and you know what’s truly important . You have lived a life that takes a strong heart and a strong mind. You will mature much faster than your classmates, you’ll exhibit compassion that astounds others, and you will most definitely have a wicked sense of humor that will enable you to keep life joyful no matter what. When you were introduced to your sibling with complex needs for the first time, that moment in time is pinned in the stars, for it was then that your destiny was determined. You will be an awesome human being and you’re going to change lives for the better… all because you were the sibling of a child with special needs.

 


 

In Sisterhood,

Marissa Dickson

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The Slump of Rejection

Looking forward to something, an activity, a potential job or opportunity and were denied, you’re not alone. Everyday tons of people are being denied, wait listed or told no, through all this negativity there are some positives. I have found these five positives to be the best way to get me through the slump of being denied.

1) First off the opportunity, that you were looking forward to, is not the only opportunity out there. There are thousands of opportunities opening up every day, and if you can’t find one you like or think will be well suited for you, it might be time to make your own. Looking for other opportunities allows you to be more knowledgeable about your field, not to mention it may get you out of your comfort zone. Being denied just allows you to be aware of more opportunities.

2) Being denied is a great time for some self-reflection. This self-reflection could be you thinking about why you wanted this opportunity and why you weren’t picked for it. This could lead to some self-doubt, but it allows you to be honest with yourself on skills you may need to brush up on. Self-reflection also serves as a great way of reminding yourself why you love that industry, and bringing you back to the original exuberant passion you once had.

3) The hustle and bustle of the big world can get us too caught up in being perfect, and can allow us to dwell on the negative. Being denied you may start to feel the poor me emotions, but if you step back and look at all the positives in your life I am sure there is something to be happy about. Finding the positives in your world can bring you back to a humble and more appreciative state.

4) You will eventually be able to explore those different opportunities mentioned in reason #1. Sooner or later (hopefully sooner) you will receive the acceptance you want and deserve. The feeling of being denied can be bitter, but how you feel when receiving your acceptance for the next greatest opportunity will feel oh so sweet.

5) Being denied may make you feel like you need to change and conform to what society wants, but keep being you. You’re awesome and a simple pep talk with yourself, over your favorite coffee can make you remember why you are so great. So keep being unapologetically you and you will do great things, even if you do get denied once or twice along the way.

In Sisterhood,

Tarra Rotstein

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The Importance of Finding an Outlet

“School is something we pay a lot for but want less of.” -Anonymous

If that’s not the realest thing I’ve ever heard, I don’t know what is. College is a very stressful time, not to mention a pretty expensive time. We have multiple exams, papers, and assignments due each week. If you have a job or are involved in extracurricular activities, your time is even more limited. Being in a constant state of busy is inevitable while you are in college and not having enough time for yourself could lead to many very stressful semesters. I found myself struggling to enjoy college by the end of my second year. Sure, I enjoyed the topics I was learning about, but all the stress overshadowed the good that came out of school for me. It was something that really shook me because I had longed to go to college since I was a freshman in high school. College is a privilege and something some people would give up an arm for, yet here I was, dreading starting my junior year.

                I knew I needed to switch something up. I needed to figure out what it was that made college enjoyable, something that made me happy and relieved some of that stress. Though I was short on free time, I found myself using all the time I had left over after studying laying around, watching Netflix, and repeating the same boring day-to-day schedule like I was some sort of robot. I looked back on my life and tried to figure out what it was that made life so fun up to this point. I was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities but I spent much of my time in high school cheering or dancing and although that made me extremely busy, it made me happy.

                That was when I looked into the K-State Dance Department and I ended up auditioning for K-State SpringDance 2017. I was cast in a modern piece for the production and couldn’t have been more excited. I spent much of this semester preparing for the production and SpringDance 2017 officially concluded this past weekend. I can honestly say adding this extra bit to my daily life was one of the best decisions I have made in college thus far. My time was already limited and being involved in the production added about four hours a week to my schedule (production week added an extra sixteen hours) but I hadn’t been happier in a long time.

                Dance was my outlet. Dance served as my distraction. With my college work being pretty intensive, I needed a place where I could be creative and let the stress of my curriculum go for a few hours. If I hadn’t been involved with dance this semester those extra hours might have been spent napping, Netflixing, or something non-productive because though I’m always stressing to find time to study, even with this crazy schedule, I made the time! Instead of doing any of these things, I was productive doing something I enjoyed.

                I’ve learned that everyone deals with stress and college in different ways. School work is important and I know that’s ultimately what I’m here for, but it was really important for me to figure out what helped me deal with that stress. Once that stress was channeled somewhere else, I could more effectively study and get my school work completed. I have rediscovered my happy place and have found more joy in my daily schedule. Being busy increased my productivity and made me enjoy the free time I had instead of falling into a permanent state of lazy. My mind, body, and soul are all very active parts in my life as a college student now. I am SO thankful to be in college, and that’s how it should be. So, if you’re feeling down or just plain struggling to get yourself through the day, whether it’s college, work, etc. I encourage you to find something you want to do for YOURSELF. I know there are only twenty-four hours in a day but if you use just one hour of those twenty-four for yourself, you may find a day and night difference in your outlook on your stressful situation.

May your days be happy.

😊
In sisterhood with love,

Natalie Timmons
Rho Class

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