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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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The Life of a Horse Rider

baileyGrowing up, I have owned and rode many horses. I started out with a little paint pony named Cowboy. All I did with him was ride for fun and help sort cows with my parents. From there, I started riding my mom’s old horse, Eldo. At this time, I was around the age of 6 and I started to compete at local rodeos. The first association I joined was MOKAN. I competed in barrels, poles, and goats. When I became the age of 8, my dad convinced me that this little 3 year old mare, GoGo, would be the horse I won on. Sure enough, he was right! I competed at CYRA, NBHA, barrel bashes, KJHSRA, and KHSRA. GoGo and I were the team to beat.

Now that you know some of my background, let me fill you in on what it takes to take care of a horse like GoGo.

All throughout the week, I would get in at least 30 minutes of riding in per day. My mare was the type of horse that just needed to be exercised to stay in shape. This meant that most of my nights were spent outside of the arena, either in the pasture or on the road. After riding, I had to unsaddle her and rinse her off (depending on the weather). Then, I would get her some grain. This all took about another 30 minutes. Overall, just riding around for 30 minutes turns into bailey2over an hour long process.

Now, rodeo weekends are a bit different. Do to my dad’s work schedule, only my mom and I would travel. My mom and I would load up the horses and head out on Friday night. Before we could load the horses, I had to specially wrap GoGo’s legs with leggings. This helped her legs not to swell and to prevent leg injuries while in the trailer. The next thing I had to do was fill up the hay bags and load them in the trailer. The trick was to tie them tight and high because if you didn’t more hay would be on the ground than in the bag. After loading all the horses and their goodies, the travel to the destination began. After arrival, I walked the horses for 10 minutes, letting them stretch and get used to the new area. Once we reach the trailer, they are tied up so we can set up the fence.

bailey3Luckily my mom and I had a system down so it only took us about 15-20 minutes, unless that awesome western Kansas wind decides to show up and mess everything up, then it took us a little longer. Last, but not least, food and water; their personal favorite! Since there was a limited amount of space, feeding became very difficult and you needed a game plan. GoGo was the boss and would eat Mojo’s if you didn’t get her attention first. You had to quickly dump her food and then go clear to the other side to feed MoJo (MoJo was my back up horse and went everywhere with GoGo). Once they have grain, we would throw about half a bale of hay to them. From here, we filled up water buckets and made sure they were comfortable. Whew! Finally, time for mom and me to get situated.

Many people don’t realize all the work and money it costs for someone to be involved in horses. Just one weekend at a rodeo, my family and I would spend close to $750. This covered fees, gas, food, and hotel expenses. Also, if your horse gets hurt, there are many things you can do to fix them. My horse has had both acupuncture and chiropractic work done to her along with several different vets. Once again, this all adds up. Horses are a lot of fun and I hope I didn’t scare bailey4you into not liking/wanting one! I have been blessed with 4 great horses and they have all managed to stay on the healthy side. It isn’t always easy; they are often very needy creatures just like humans. One thing for sure, you can always count on them to show you affection and never lack in the personality department!

P.S. Ignore all of my facial expressions in some of the pictures!

In Sisterhood and Happy Holidays,

Bailey Aiken

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Tips for an incoming College Freshman; By a College Freshman

College. That is a word that terrifies high school students and parents alike.  I know this is one of the few things my entire family has agreed on.  Coming from a small school district I was involved in almost every organization my school had to offer.  Each title, play, contest or game gave me a little more experience and confidence.  I can definitely say I was enjoying my time as a high school student and I definitely wasn’t ready for what graduation had in store for me.  Every person who has ever been to college tried to tell me that the transition to college was going to be the greatest experience of my life.  I would always dismiss their comments and advice because I had the mindset that nothing was going to ever be as great as my past 13 years as a Bedford Bulldog.

Looking back on my senior year, I wish I would have listened to their reassurances and tips.  Much of what they told me would have come in handy early during my freshman year.   Since I didn’t listen, I had to experience it all for myself.   I learned many things over the course of my first semester as a college student.  There are 4 tips that I wish I would have known before coming to college.

  1. Create study habits before the first test!

This may be a trivial point, but I was one of those students in high school that never studied.  I got good grades, but I never opened a book to study for a test.  That was definitely not the best habit to get into.  Tests and classes are much more difficult than they ever were and the professors do not seem to care that you were out all night watching the basketball game.  They expect homework to get done.  The only person making sure you do it is you.

  1. Get involved.

By getting involved on campus you are given the chance to find your niche and that group of close friends that will help you on your path towards your degree.  Don’t be afraid to step out there and try something new.  How are you going to know if you like or dislike an activity if you don’t try it?

  1. Get organized.

High school was structured and organized.  You went to class from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. then you had various practices until about 9 in the evening.  You knew where you were going to be and what you were going to be doing for that time every day.  Your wakeup time every day was the same and you basically went to bed at the same time every night.  That fairytale doesn’t happen in college.  You may have an 8:30 a.m. class three days a week, but you have a 2:30 p.m. class the other two days.  Along with classes you might have meetings or other club activities.  It takes a lot to ensure you get everything complete and you arrive on time.  I would recommend attempting to write everything down in a weekly planner or putting everything into a Google Calendar.

P.S. Don’t forget to schedule study hours!

  1. Don’t be afraid to call your parents.

Leaving home might seem like a very adult thing to do, but you will never forget where your home is.  Whether home is 30 minutes away or 30 hours away, don’t be afraid to call with important information or just to talk.  I guarantee it will help with the homesickness.


In Sisterhood,

Celine Beggs


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The More Pizza The Better!

During these final weeks of school, eating habits go down the tubes and all hopes of getting an A can seem more like hopelessness. Finals can seem like a drought that will never end, (talk about a Kansas metaphor!) but never fear our generous alumni are here! First off, the chapter would love to thank the lovely alumni that donated the money for our recent chapter pizza party. When Sigma Alpha ladies party, there better be pizza.  Here’s a look at what happened at our, “happenin”” end of the semester pizza extravaganza!


Thanks Alumni! We appreciated the pizza as well as everything else you’ve done for us!

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