Non Nobis Solum


Yesterday the University held Convocation, an annual event to welcome new students and kick-off the new school year. This year’s Convocation was especially unique because the incoming freshman class will be the Sesquicentennial Class (That means that the class of 2015 will graduate as the University celebrates 150 years of education.) In honor of commemorating the past 146 years, Convocation focused on Washburn’s abundant history in the first fifty years.

For example, Washburn’s motto, Non Nobis Solum (Translated to “Not for ourselves alone”) exemplifies the atmosphere that surrounds Washburn today, just as it did when it was founded.

Ichabod Washburn, the gracious donor that inspired both the University’s name and mascot was certainly thinking of others when he donated $25,000 to stabilize the institution financially.

The Founders of the University were thinking not of themselves either, when they allowed women and African Americans to enroll. Being just years after the Civil War this was not just very progressive for a new institution it was also very bold. The same idea of equal rights was carried throughout the years as Washburn grew. In 1902, women of the University united to organize the first basketball team on campus, and in 1905 the men followed their lead with the first men’s basketball team.

Some of the earliest professors at Washburn were professors and graduates from Yale University that selflessly moved west for the sake of other’s education. It is for this reason that Washburn adopted Yale Blue as the official color of the University.

This year’s Convocation was exciting, and if you missed it you can view photos at If you are a current student I highly recommend attending next year, if you are a future student I look forward to seeing you there!

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Midterm Stress

With less than a week left before Spring Break my Professors have really piled on the tests and papers…which means that the stress has begun to set in. No worries though, I have already prepared! I have a lot of Red Bull, and tons of junk food! I have scoped out my spot in Mabee Library and I will return to the real world at Friday at noon! Cannot wait for Spring Break! I am going snowboarding, skiing, and skydiving. Good luck to everyone, I hope your midterms go well and have a great spring break!

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A new perspective on life…

I recently attended the Conference on Student Government Associations at Texas A&M University. I had a great time in the 80 degree weather, and I learned a lot!

One of the coolest things that I learned is about a professor named Randy Pausch from Carnegie Mellon University. Pausch was given 3-4 months of “good health,” after he was diagnosed with aggressive cancer. He was given the opportunity to present a “Last Lecture,” where he gave advice for his students and children to live by.  His message was simple- Live your childhood dreams.

Pausch’s idea was that people sometimes grow up too quickly, and lose their real passion and zest for life. The message is simple- do the things you love in life. I know it seems simple, but sometimes we lose sight of what is most important, especially during busy periods of our lives like college.

So take so time out of your busy schedule for things that you wanted to do as a kid, even if it means taking a little bit of a risk now. Because, I guarantee that when you look back on your life you will regret the things you didn’t do- not the things you did do.

Oh, and if you would like to watch Pausch’s Last Lecture here is the link:



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25 Days In..

Every January first I make a solemn vow to take some course of action or to give something up. This year my New Year’s Resolutions list was about as long as Lindsay Lohan’s criminal record. I vowed to workout at the REC everyday, stop drinking Diet Coke, sleep more, eat better, and study more.


My vow to make it to the REC “everyday” is more like 3-4 times a week but I will take it. I know that the walk from the LLC to the Wellness Center doesn’t seem far, but when it is snowing it is a really long hike!


As for the whole Diet Coke thing I am still drinking on average maybe one or two a day, but this has come down considerably since I use to be in seven or eight range. (I would like to blame this on WU’s Pepsi contract, but I drank just as much Diet Pepsi last semester.) It just takes some positive will power, and a lot of water and Propel.


The sleeping more is where I run into some problems. I like to sleep, I really do. It is just I work at the front desk of the Village and the LLC until midnight and I have a hard time doing my homework there so I have to do it after work, which means I get to bed very late; and I know that I say this all the time, but 9:30 to a college student might as well be 6:00 a.m. it is way too early.


Thankfully Memorial Union has made several changes this semester, which has made eating healthier easier. I have only had fries and a cheeseburger once this entire semester! And I haven’t even had chicken strips- not once!


The part that I am doing great on is studying! Especially reading all 500 pages for tomorrow’s discussion in American Religious History Discussion with Dr. Bearman! Better get on that one!





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Senior Day

Last week I had the privilege of having lunch with several high school seniors that were on Washburn’s campus for Senior Days. It was crazy to think that just a year ago I was in their shoes, sitting in their seats, listening to what presenters had to say about why Washburn was so great. It seems like just yesterday my mom and I pulled into the parking lot of Washburn University for my first campus visit.

It is crazy to think of have much my life has changed in that one year.

I decided that I was going to go to Washburn University- a school that I originally wanted little to do with.

I graduated from high school, and said good bye to a lot of people. I now have to work hard to stay in contact with my best friends from high school.

I moved away from my mom and dad- the people that would cook, figure out what was wrong with my car, and be there for me when I needed them most. I have had to learn how to make my own Mac&Cheese (here is a useful hint: metals spoons and microwaves don’t mix,) I have had to check my own oil and air pressure. And I have had to figure out a way to be more independent than I was in high school.

I have moved to a new town that I knew practically nothing about. When I first moved to Topeka I had to use my GPS to get EVERYWHERE; WalMart, Buffalo Wild Wings, the mall, etc.

I started college knowing practically no one. Luckily, it was easy to make friends the first couple of weeks because most freshman are having the same experiences.

It is crazy to look back and think of how long ago Senior Days was for me. Even though it was only a year ago, a lot has changed and I have grown up a lot.

So here is my advice for any high school senior that reads my blog- enjoy the time you have with your friends and family now. I am not going to lie, college life is great- but you will miss your old life, you family, and your friends- but enjoy high school life while you can.


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Giving Thanks

So I am sitting at home, with my puppy Peanut at my feet, enjoying a cup of hot cocoa, the fireplace, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As I sit on the couch I can hear my mom tinkering in the kitchen getting ready for the day. So it only seems right, as I sit here soaking up the warmth of Thanksgiving, that I blog about the things I am thankful for. I am thankful for…

My family. I cannot imagine who I would be without my mom, dad, and my big brother Seth. They are my support system and on really crazy days at school I know that they are just a phone call away. Since I am away at school I don’t get to see them as much as I would like so time at home with them is just that much better.

My sisters. My Zeta sisters are amazing. I can always count on them to listen to my problems or make me laugh. When I think about why my life is so great they are definitely to blame. ZLAM. (Zeta Love And Mine)

My Top-City Family. My group of friends at school has recently started calling everyone they are friends with their Top-City family. This group of friends know what it means to have a good time and this alone has kept me sane during the semester. (After all, it is the little things in life that matter the most!)

Washburn beating Emporia this year! 42-0! It was the first shut out since 1975. :)

I know this list is short, and I have tons more to be thankful for but I have to go help Mom with the Turkey. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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Top Ten Things I Love About Washburn

10. The Faculty.  Members of Washburn’s staff/faculty know who you are. All seven of my professors know my name and a little bit about me. Everyone really goes above and beyond. For example, I just got an email from my admissions counselor asking if I would like tickets to a hockey game in my hometown this weekend.

9. Greek Life. So far some of my greatest college memories have come from my experiences in my sorority- and it isn’t just because mine is so great. I think that Greek Life in general has a lot to offer. One gets to meet new people, volunteer for great causes, enjoy socials, and be challenged/supported academically.

8. Residential living. I have stayed in dorms all of the state and Washburn’s are by far the nicest. The dorms are in great shape since they were just built in 2004. I share a bathroom with three people instead of my entire hall. Each wing has it’s own kitchen, living room, study room, and TV area. In the gorgeous lobby there is a huge fire place, tons of comfy couches, and a grand piano. Off to the side of the lobby there is a library which I absolutely love to study in (My friends and I call it the Harry Potter room because it reminds us of Hogwarts.) There is never a dull moment in the dorms.

7. Washburn’s size. When I first met with my admissions counselors she told me that “Washburn was just big enough to be small.” At first I wasn’t sure what that meant, but now that I live on campus I understand what she meant. Washburn is small enough to get the individual attention one needs, all the while being a part of a University that has an overall larger identity. The campus itself isn’t small, but it isn’t so huge that I cannot schedule classes ten minutes apart.

6. The Opportunities. Since Washburn is so close to the capital there are always opportunities off campus such as business interns a legislative clerks. Washburn also has a very extensive travel abroad program that allows students to go almost anywhere. I realllllyyyyy want to go to Europe over the summer, which is looking increasingly more and more possible.

5. WSGA- The Washburn Student Government Association is always busy with some sort of event. For example Rev Run is coming to campus on December 2nd…and I am VERY excited.

4. The People. I know it sounds cliche, but I really like the people here. It is super easy to make friends in such a great atmosphere. People walk by and say hello to people they don’t even know.

3. The education. Washburn is a great fit for me academically speaking. The course work is challenging, but not excessive. Washburn has a fairly respectable name, especially around the state of Kansas.

2. The Legacy. Washburn’s legacy is huge. From the time the tornado took out almost half of campus to having one of the most interesting mascots Washburn is full of traditions.

1. It’s Home. The campus is beautiful, and a lot of the buildings have been remodeled in the past ten years. To me it feels safe and comfortable because it is a place where I can just be me, I love that.


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