How students can make most of campus culture

Students find ways to relax outside on The Quad on Jan. 30, 2012. Activities like hula-hooping, slacklining and slamball are common sights around campus when the weather is nice. (File Photo by Evert Nelson | The Collegian)

Want to make the most out of your time at K-State? Well you should, because according to a 2013 study, students who are more involved in collegiate activities are more likely to succeed in school and to be happier in their time spent at college.

So take off that lanyard, keep your ID in your wallet and listen up.

Join a club

One of the best ways to get involved is joining a student organization. K-State has more than 475 clubs and organizations, featuring everything from multicultural groups to professional clubs to arts and boxing. Most of the groups can be found on the K-State OrgSync page and contain information on how to join and meeting times.


Nothing is as electric as gameday when the K-State football team plays in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Fans from all across the country make the Little Apple seem huge on those Saturdays. For a real K-State experience, set up a tailgate with some friends before the game.

Stretch out

You pay to be on campus, you might as well get the most of it. On any given day when the weather is nice, throngs of people will set up blankets or hammocks on the campus lawns. Get back to nature and enjoy K-State’s wildly entertaining squirrel population or the occasional pick-up game of Frisbee.


There’s an entire city and surrounding area to be explored. Aggieville and downtown Manhattan have several restaurants and locally-owned shops offering unique experiences.

If you’re looking for something more natural, there’s a ton of options like the Konza Prairie hiking trails or camping at Tuttle Creek. Or you can grab a friend and make your way to Manhattan Hill to catch a panoramic view of the city.

Keep an eye on Bosco Plaza

Named after Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students, Bosco Student Plaza is one of the most active spots on campus. One day, there might be a free food giveaway. The next day, there could be a live band playing. From hosting food trucks to hosting events, Bosco Plaza serves as the hub of the campus community.

Construction blues

Get used to seeing construction. A side effect of increased enrollment is having enough space to accommodate everyone. Get to know where the construction is and plan ahead to find the best route in between classes.

Get wRECked

You now have membership to a gym. The Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex has what you need to stay in shape, from weight rooms to cardio machines. The gyms also offers everything from basketball and volleyball courts to a climbing wall and indoor pool. And if you want to just relax, the facility hosts a game lounge with video game stations, pool tables and darts.

Your college experience is what you make of it. Whether you prefer to lounge outside or just hang out with others, you have the opportunity to do more than just sit in a dorm room or class all day.