Kansas State University


The Pilots Program

Category: September 2015

Welcome to K-State – Welcome to Pilots!

Top, L to R: Dayton, Zach J., Daniel, Abdullateef, Marcus, Kevin, & Zach R. Bottom, L to R: Susan, Jill, Shelby, R.J., & Nilima
Top, L to R: Dayton, Zach J., Daniel, Abdullateef, Marcus, Kevin, & Zach R.
Bottom, L to R: Susan, Jill, Shelby, R.J., & Nilima

As your dedicated and enthusiastic staff, we are glad you chose to be a part of the Pilots program to chart your journey to success!  We hope that your semester is off to a wonderful start and you are adjusting to life at K-State.  The Pilots program prides itself on being there every step of the way as you navigate your way through your first year of college.  Our advisors are happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about classes, majors, or challenges that may come up this year.  Remember to take advantage of your PA hours held by our outstanding peer assistant staff.  The peer assistants will help you develop strong study skills and habits.  We invite you to get to know us and help us get to know you!  We love our students and we want to help you make this year great!

 Here’s to a fantastic school year!

The Pilots Staff:  (Rebeca, Shay, Nilima, R.J., Jill, and your PAs)

Freshman Orientation

Thank you to all who were able to attend freshman orientation!

REMEMBER: Our next mandatory Pilots group meeting will be Monday, October 5 at 4:00 pm in Kedzie Hall, Room 004.  See you there!

Thank you to all who participated 2015 Freshman Orientation



  • Monday, September. 21Last day to drop a class for 50% refund
  • Monday, September. 28 Last day to drop a class w/out a W recorded
  • Friday, October. 2First Round of Advising Appointments
  • Monday, October. 5First mandatory group meeting
  • Friday, October. 16 – First Cultural Event Paper Due

Tips for Success from Former Pilots Students

  • Study and go to class.
  • Read the textbook…. No, seriously.
  • Talk to your instructors during office hours. “I talked to my English instructor and she let me do an extra revision on a paper.”2014 Pilots Students
  • Use on campus resources. “You have free tutoring available — USE IT to your advantage!”
  • See your advisor. “Mine helped solve a problem with my roommate. It helped me not be so stressed.”
  • Read through your assignments before class.
  • Attend the Peer Assistant study hours you set for yourself
  • Utilize PAs in the Pilots lab! “They were successful in the class before and they know how you can be successful, too.”
  • See your Pilots advisor on a regular basis. Rebeca, Shay, and Nilima are there to answer all of your questions!

Upcoming Cultural Events

It’s never too early to get started on your Cultural Event PaperREMEMBER, getting started now means less to worry about when those midterms sneak up on you!


Viewpoint Lecture Series: Lourdes Ashley Hunter, National Director of the Trans Women of Color Collective

Lourdes Ashley Hunter

Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00 pm.

Forum Hall, K-State Student Union



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You should have recently received an email with directions for taking the StrengthsQuest StrengthsFinder assessment. StengthsFinder identifies your top five natural talents and gives you a basis for using these talents to achieve success in college. Once you get the results of the assessment, you should brainstorm how you can use your strengths to engage in your classes and in co-curricular experiences.

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Advisors’ Corner: What does Shay Say?


Shay has some advice for getting an ON CAMPUS job!


School should always be your primary job, but who doesn’t want some extra cash?  Shay recommends an on campus job and here’s why:

– Flexible hours – Work between classes – ConvenientPic for CES

– Gain experience in offices/departments of interest

– Develop contacts, create networking opportunities


Remember: College itself is a job! Plan to study 30 hours per week MINIMUM!!


Visit Career and Employment Services for current job vacancies!

Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the history, culture, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors originated from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, andHispanic Heritage Month Central and South America. September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, and towards the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza is honored on October 12.