Marketing major from Parsons, KS
Deciding on a major
I've always been intrigued with marketing and business, and I really like mass communications as well. Majoring in marketing and getting a minor in public relations is a great way to get the best of both worlds, and I don't feel overwhelmed with more than one program. I'm loving my major so far. It's been a lot of fun to hear all of the different speakers through the marketing club. I also found my mentor, who is an administrator and professor in my major.
Home away from home
I don't get to go home as often as I thought I would, but it hasn't been too hard. At first I thought I was going to be overwhelmed coming from such a small town. Luckily it wasn't a rough transition. I have a really big personality, so it was great finding a place that was big enough to handle me. Manhattan is bigger but still has a small-town vibe. It still has that family atmosphere, and everyone is so nice. It's exciting and I'm able to feed off all the energy.
I wasn't originally interested in fraternities, but a guy asked me to just check out their house. After chatting with him and talking to the recruitment chair, my perceptions on fraternities completely changed. I've gotten to meet some amazing people through my fraternity. There are a handful of guys with the same major as me. Besides that, our house is full of guys who are heavily involved in campus organizations. Having guys in the house who are in leadership positions on campus really helps me get involved.
The upperclassmen in the house have been really helpful with advising me which classes to take, which connections are the most important to make, and what internships to go after. It's been good to have them at my disposal. However, the most important aspect is the brotherhood. I grew up with three sisters, so living in the fraternity has been a new and fun experience.
Even before I committed to K-State, people were constantly sharing opportunities with me. "Get involved in this." "Give this organization a try." I think it would be difficult to not get involved on campus. You would have to make a strong effort to avoid taking part in something. There's so much going on here. All you have to do is sign up. It doesn't get much easier than that. Our generation wants to be a part of something bigger. We don't want to just sit and be students. We want to get involved and make a difference, and K-State recognizes that.