5 Reasons I Love Indiana State University

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It’s no secret Indiana State University is my favorite school, because I am a proud sycamore. I love attending events that ISU hosts and presents. I would love to share with everyone and especially high school seniors looking for an awesome University to attend.  The campus has so much to offer and I have really enjoyed the family-like environment you feel as you walk around.  I see instructors and fellow students and not only am I greeted with a smile, but many know me and know my name.  You wouldn’t get this same feeling on a larger campus.

  1. ISU offers over 87 majors for bachelor’s degrees. I am lucky to be a part of the Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising major program. My program has some of the most supportive teachers that I have seen. They truly want to see you succeed in the program.  I love being a part of a program where my peers and professors are as excited as I am.
  2. ISU is #1 in the Nation for Community Service. I have participated in community service since I was a little girl scout helping out with the nursing home. Every Wednesday ISU has stop n` serves where anyone can stop, swipe their ID, and get an hour of community service by helping out a local organization right on campus.  In addition to those events, there are many other days that are dedicated to community service both on campus and throughout greek life.
  3. The beauty on ISU campus is something I love about ISU. I love walking through campus and seeing the trees and various sights.  The campus always makes sure it is cleaned and ready for their students. The campus is always making new additions and renovations to make it the best for the ISU students. The opening of Normal Hall was amazing- as seen through many pictures. It is so exciting to be lucky enough to live on a great campus where we have great buildings and a beautiful campus.
  4. ISU sports don’t charge students a fee for games. Making it more affordable to attend games and get the college experience with attending anything from football to softball to basketball to volleyball games. I love being a sycamore and showing off my blue and white!
  5. ISU has a 4-year guaranteed plan for students to graduate in 4 short years. It helps students save money and graduate on time with graduation class. I am proud that our advisors and professors work hard to make sure we graduate in time and have information to succeed in life. Every day is a blessing being able to go to a great school like ISU.

I love representing and advocating for ISU, because it has opened so many doors for me within the community and I am proud of the person I have become since I’ve been at ISU.  I can’t wait for my years to come and hope that I get to represent the school in the best way I can.

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905266_647682861945675_76372485_oAs you already know, I’m very involved with the Miss America Organization but you probably didn’t know that one of the exciting opportunities this organization offers is the chance to raise funds for local children’s hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The money I raise will help save children’s lives, and a portion will also go to support the Miss America Scholarship Fund.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals makes sure that donated funds stay local which means that your donation helps kids and families right here in our community. I invite you to join me in touching the lives of sick and injured children today, by clicking the “Donate Now” button to make a secure donation. You can also see the impact of your donation by clicking here to view some of the incredible miracle stories from kids we’ve helped. These are just a few stories out of millions of kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year.

Thank you so much for your support and for helping me make miracles happen!

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To think in terms of all mankind and our service in the world…

This past weekend I participated in the Crucial Catch Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars for a philanthropy event with my sorority Zeta Tau Alpha. The event task was to hand out pink ribbons to fans to support breast cancer awareness … Continue reading

What Being a Big Sister Means to Me

imgresThe Chances for Youth program Big Brothers Big Sisters in Terre Haute has given me a chance to be another big sister. I applied about a year ago and after a background check, interview, and a few training exercise I was ready to be matched! It took 4 months for them to find a perfect little for me, and they sure did. She is a complete ray of sunshine.

My little loves to dress up, play outside, watch movies, and go on car rides. She’s very adventurous and has a lot of energy. We have so much in common and that is why the Big Brothers Big Sisters program is great at what they do! She loves to get in my car and eat fruit snacks while listening to rap music; it sounds strange but she knows all the words.

I also do things for her like teaching manners, going over how to spell, learning good habits, and simple life lessons. I often try to challenge her because she is extremely smart and knows her stuff. I will always throw out big words for her to spell and with a little help she is getting better everyday.

We have gone to eat a few times in the quads at ISU. She loves the food and especially the ice cream there. She once told me, “Katie, I don’t know why the boys are mean to me at school.” I laughed a little and explained that if they are mean it usually means they like you. Her reaction was priceless. I love being able to see a smile on a child’s face by just the small things. Whether I have made her laugh or she is having a great time learning new things.

Everyday is an obstacle and everyday is a new chapter in our lives that we share. We grow and learn together. One thing I have learned most from the program is patience. It isn’t about what you want; it is about what the child wants and needs. She comes first at the end of the day. I love spending time with my little one thanks to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.

I have loved being a Big Sister this past year and look forward to many years to come!

~Katelynne

Rushing Home to my Forever Home

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Going Greek isn’t always the first thing girls think about when they go to college. Some girl’s focus on school, boys, or partying and don’t even think about rushing to a forever home. I signed up for recruitment the second it was opened in August. I was so excited to make new friends that would last a lifetime, learn new things about an organization, and be apart of something that “Isn’t for 4 years, its for life”. When you first move in all Greeks come together and help you move in. I had a group of girls from Alpha Sigma Alpha move me in and they were obsessed with all my brand new dorm stuff that I got at Target of course. They immediately asked if I was rushing and I had told them I had thought about it.

The Greek system has many events leading up to recruitment. I went to a Greek carnival and a Greek fair explaining what all the organizations are about. The week of recruitment is tiring and a lot of talking. You start out at every house and then each night you narrow down until you have 2 left. Preference night is very emotional and it is when you choose who you think will fit you. I went to Sigma Kappa first then I went to Zeta Tau Alpha. Worried I wouldn’t get into Zeta I could barely talk. My big sister now talked to me at preference and I was so nervous. I was frozen in the moment because I wanted to be apart of this sisterhood. After preference you sit in a room with a bunch of girls and you wait until it is your turn to choose your home. I couldn’t sleep because I was too anxious and nervous. I could feel my heart beating through my stomach and thinking about how I would feel if I got either house. The day of bid day was so overwhelming but exciting at the same time. I awoke with my roommate and we ventured out to get breakfast at the commons. I could barely eat I was so nervous. I knew my roommate wanted a different sorority than I did, but we would still have fun and be friends. After getting ready and mentally preparing myself for the crowded room of girls anxiously waiting, I sat there on my bid for a whole hour. We had to wait because of some rules. Finally the moment had come to where I could open my bid. I read it and I saw Gamma Chi, which is my sororities’ chapter name. I was so confused I started crying because I thought I didn’t get the house I wanted. Until a rho gamma came over and explained that I received a bid from Zeta Tau Alpha. I immediately shifted tears from sad to happy tears.

Each group went in order to the fountain to where they would run to their house as a large group of screaming girls. I was group 3, so I had to wait behind 2 groups and I could feel my heart beating through my ears. Finally it was my group’s turn. We all lined up and I had clung to a girl I found that was also running to Zeta. I looked at Lindsey, my big sister and the girl who talked to me on preference night, and she looked so anxious. Her face was priceless and I will never forget running right to her and immediately crying because I was home. She had made me feel so welcomed and made me a part of something I will have for life. When girls say that their sorority is not “just for 4 years, its for life” I truly believe it. These girls mean the world to me and I would drop anything for any one of them. I know they would do the same. I have found my best friends and my future bridesmaids, long lasting fun nights to remember, and something to call home. I will never regret going Greek and I think that girls should consider it more because of what you get out of it. It has changed me for a better person and I like who I have become because it is something I am proud of.

~Thank you Zeta Tau Alpha|Gamma Chi|ISU~
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What’s Next: A whole new world…

imagesThe change from living at home to living in a dorm with a new best friend…the transition to College

Living at home is thought of as being warm and having everything you could need. I love being home with my family and spending time watching movies. This past month I moved to Indiana State University where I found my home for the next four years. Ever since I stepped foot on this campus I fell in love with it because of the culture and the surrounding people who make it so warm.

I recently moved into Hines Hall. I moved in with a new best friend and we are loving sharing a space together. Luckily we got the premium dorms and have our own bathroom and a walk-in closet that has so much space and room to hangout.  Pretty rare for college dorms, so we are excited about that.  We love our neighbors and always have our door open to meet new people.

Starting classes was an adjustment from high school.  Having a schedule that is condensed in some areas and wide open in others…I can see that I am really going to have to learn to be effective with my time. I am so excited to start learning about my major. Indiana State cares so much about their Fashion majors and helps us with everything and anything we need. The program is growing and the more students they can get,  the more the faculty they can get as well. I’m so excited to begin a new chapter in my life here at Indiana State and then in my career. Thank you all who have supported me in my journey and who keep supporting me towards my dreams.  I will still be out and about on occasion!  In fact, you can find me this weekend at the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Run/Walk 5K.  I will be there handing out superhero capes, sharing my story and cheering the athletes and families on.  Come visit me and you too can have a ton of fun celebrating your heart heroes.  And last but certainly not least, I am excited to have just complete Sorority Rush Week and am thrilled to be a Zeta Tau Alpha Pledge.  I will share more about that in my next post.

Love,
Katelynne
Miss Teen Indiana International 2014 ♕ ♚ ♛