A Sophomore's Survival Guide To The First Year

A Sophomore's Survival Guide To The First Year

Incoming freshmen, you're going to want to read this.


There's a lot of things that are different when you start living at school with the same people 24/7. It's an adjustment and you're going to want to be prepared for that.

1. Be at least 5 minutes early to your classes.

First of all, you can get a good seat. But more importantly, you can start to become a familiar face to your professor which is a really good thing. You can get your notebook or laptop ready before class starts so that way you won't miss any of the lecture.

2. Keep a clean room.

Considering most of your friends will be made in the residence halls, people are going to end up hanging out in your room. No one wants to walk into a gross, tiny room, so try to keep it tidy.

3. Use a planner.

Staying organized is so important. With 5 classes and a ton of coursework, you're not going to be able to magically remember all of your assignments and upcoming exams, so you need to find a cute planner and write everything down. Color-coding definitely helps.

4. Go out and have fun.

Don't go out every night, but some of the best ways to make new friends is to go out.

5. Go to the club fair.

Find something that you like and sign up for it! It's such an easy way to make new friends and keep busy on campus.

6. Always carry an umbrella.

You never know when you're going to be walking to class when all of a sudden it starts to downpour. Trust me, you don't want to get caught in the rain with your books, your laptop, and your clothes.

7. Get in a routine.

Being in a routine will help you feel more at home. For example, go to class, go to the gym, do your homework, and watch Netflix. Although it can change a bit each day you'll feel much better if you have an idea of what you're doing when you wake up each day.

8. Try your best not to procrastinate.

Seriously you're not going to want to have assignments that you didn't finish when all of a sudden plans come up last minute.

9. Find a show to watch when you have a bad day.

Some days you're just going to want to curl up in your bed and watch a show. Whether it's Friends, The Office, or Parks & Rec, it'll make your day a lot better.

10. Do your laundry once a week.

Get in the habit so that you never run out of clean clothes. I promise it's not hard.

11. Walk in groups.

During the day walking to class by yourself is fine, but walking around after class try to walk with at least one other person. I'm not saying your campus isn't safe, I'm just saying you need to take precautions.

12. Don't spend all of your points in the first few weeks.

Whatever system your school uses for meal points other than dining halls, don't use all of them before the semester has even begun. You're not going to be happy when halfway through the semester you don't have enough points to buy the snack you want in the student center.

13. Leave your door open for a while.

Meet the people on your floor and be friendly! They're your neighbors for the next year.

14. Don't overpack.

Don't bring more than you actually need because there's hardly any extra room in your dorm so you don't need a bunch of extra stuff.

15. Just relax.

Seriously you'll be fine, college is fun! If you get stressed call your parents or your home friends. Reach out to new people on campus. Take a nap or go out. Whatever you decide to do, just have fun.

College is a time to have fun and learn as much as you can, so just relax and take a deep breath because it's not as scary as you may be thinking.

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To The Defeated Nursing Major, You'll Rise

You'll rise because every single day that you slip on your navy blue scrubs and fling your pretty little stethoscope around your neck, the little girl that you once were with the dream of saving lives someday will be silently nudging you to keep going.

You will have weeks when you are defeated. Some mornings you won't be able to get out of bed and some days you won't be able to stop crying enough to go to class. You'll feel like nobody understands the stress that you are under, and you have absolutely nobody to talk to because they either don't get it or are dealing with their own meltdowns. There will be weeks that you want to change your major and give up on the whole thing. But, you'll rise.

You will miss football games, concerts, and nights out with the girls. There will be stretches of two or more weeks you'll go without seeing your mom, and months where you have to cancel on your best friend 4+ times because you have too much studying to do. There will be times where no amount of "I'm sorry" can make it up to your little brother when you miss his big football game or your grandparents when you haven't seen them in months. But, you'll rise.

You will have patients who tell you how little they respect nurses and that you won't be able to please no matter how hard you try. You will have professors who seem like their goal is to break you, especially on your bad days. You will encounter doctors who make you feel like the most insignificant person on the planet. You will leave class some days, put your head against your steering wheel and cry until it seems like there's nothing left to cry out. But, you'll rise.

You will fail tests that you studied so hard for, and you will wing some tests because you worked too late the night before. You will watch some of the smartest people you've ever known fail out because they simply aren't good test takers. You will watch helplessly as your best friend falls apart because of a bad test grade and know that there is absolutely nothing you can do for her. There will be weeks that you just can't crack a smile no matter how hard you try. But, you'll rise.

You'll rise because you have to — because you've spent entirely too much money and effort to give up that easily. You'll rise because you don't want to let your family down. You'll rise because you're too far in to stop now. You'll rise because the only other option is failing, and we all know that nurses do not give up.

You'll rise because you remember how badly you wanted this, just 3 years ago as you were graduating high school, with your whole world ahead of you. You'll rise because you know there are people that would do anything to be in your position.

You'll rise because you'll have one patient during your darkest week that'll change everything— that'll hug you and remind you exactly why you're doing this, why this is the only thing you can picture yourself doing for the rest of your life.

You'll rise because every single day that you slip on your navy blue scrubs and fling your pretty little stethoscope around your neck, the little girl that you once were with the dream of saving lives someday will be silently nudging you to keep going.

You'll rise because you have compassion, you are selfless, and you are strong. You'll rise because even during the darkest weeks, you have the constant reminder that you will be changing the world someday.

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Before You Even Set Foot In Manhattan, K-State Treats Their Transfers Like FAMILY

K-State stands by their family motto.


Two years deep into college I found myself wanting more.

I wanted more friends. I wanted more happiness. I wanted to find myself on a deeper level. It was during that time that I found Kansas State University, and since then, I feel like I have found my home away from home.

Besides the fact that K-State ranks 147th in the thousands of universities across the U.S., it has an atmosphere that I have never experienced before. From the moment that I stepped on campus, surrounded by purple, I knew this was a university that I wanted to attend.

Once I applied, the feelings only grew stronger.

Just two weeks after I sent in an application to K-State, I started receiving handwritten letters in the mail from current students. These letters continued to come for the months leading up to my move to Manhattan. It showed that I MATTERED to this university. Having these personal letters sent to my door was a reassuring step in learning about the school that I was about dedicated my pride to.

Every time I called the university with questions or concerns, I was always greeted by a happy associate, no matter the department I was contacting. Whether it was the admissions office, the financial aid office, or a fellow student that was in charge of the phones, everyone was patient with my questions and was more than happy to send me along to the next person if they were not sure of the answer.

Moving to campus was one of the most exciting times of my life. Even with the piles of snow and freezing temperatures of January, nothing could slow my roll. I was in constant contact with multiple departments of the university following up to the start of school, and there was NOTHING that these people were not willing to do for me.

I had no problem scheduling appointments with advisors, even with the school semester coming in hot. Any questions that I had were answered before orientation, so I was able to show up and get my classes scheduled with no issue at all.

Going through the orientation process introduced me to SO MANY OTHER TRANSFERS. It was such a fun experience to meet so many people just like me that were beginning their new adventure at K-State after attending another university. Most of these guys that I met had similar experiences to me and had nothing but good things to say about K-State.

Even once school began, I received multiple emails (and still receive them) about different events going on around campus SPECIFICALLY for transfer students. While K-State does an AMAZING job of integrating their transfer students to feel like their own, it is a great feeling to know that they are always encouraging people with like situations to connect and make the new class of transfers feel at home, just like I was.

I have nothing but pride for this amazing university and all that it has done for me so far. Walking the buildings of campus every day honestly gives me so much joy, even when I have so many exams and projects I want to pull my hair out.

Transferring to Kansas State University has truly been the best decision of my life. I would have never made it here without the support of all of the amazing people that I have back home and to the lifelong friends that I have made since attending K-State. But I give an extra special THANK YOU to the university that I will one day call my alma mater. Thank you K-State, for being everything and more. 💜

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