They say college is about opening up to new ideas, or exploring the world in a new way. Some may find that opportunity in a class, or during a service project. Or during an internship on campus. Today, I found the inspiration in my Public Speaking class. What do you expect to learn in a Public Speaking course? How to become a better speaker, maybe? I am realizing now, it is much more than that. Because surprisingly enough, you do a whole lot of listening as well. So not only have I learned more about the qualities of a good public speaker, I have learned about The Netherlands, Kanye West, Boxing, Grudge Music, and more. Recently the speech that stuck with me, was “Why to read a good book.” A student in the class spoke about the idea of reading for fun. I was an avid reader when I was younger, it was something I considered a hobby. Starting up high school, my free time was limited, and when I had it, books were no longer on my priority list. The speech I heard recently caught my eye, and since has influenced me to buy a book on Amazon, and rent another from our library. I plan to read both of them over Christmas break, and get back into routine reading before bed. Something else cool, is I ended up purchasing a book written by the same author I read in my Christianity class. I may sound cheesy, but I just love how I can put together my classes and really see how it shapes me as a person. Look at me getting inspired by a speech in Public Speaking, and going to buy a book by the same Author from reading in another class! I just love it.
I am officially setting up my internship for over our January Term, and I am oh, so excited about it! Thanks to Career Development Services Department and the Dining Services, I get to do something I am passionate about AND help out Linfield! More details to come I am sure!
Thanksgiving break was last week and it was such a joy to have my sister visit and see some Oregon beauties! We visited Silver Falls, outside of Salem, about 45 minutes away from Linfield. It is definitely a destination in Oregon, and it was BEAUTIFUL. We then went shopping in Lincoln City at the outlet malls and watched the sunset at the beach. Lincoln City is also about 50 minutes away. All very doable day trips, and I sure felt blessed to be close to all these amazing places! (See pictures below)!
1. Silver Falls! South Falls 177ft tall.
2. Frozen icicles along the trail. It was COLD, and icy!
3. Lincoln City, Road’s End Beach.
4. My dear sister and I watching the sunset at the beach.
I did not go back to California for the Thanksgiving Holiday and instead went to Portland to stay with my boyfriend’s family! It was hard in some ways to be away from my family for the holidays, but in others, it was so nice to see how another family celebrates, and to be welcomed so graciously. Being a bit of a hassle to feed (gluten, dairy-free), I was introduced to some awesome grocery stores in Portland. One called New Seasons which I highly recommend anyone checking out, and I plan to stock up on food whenever I am visiting, because I loved it. Great quality food, locally owned and operated, and lots of options of food I can eat. Part of college is building a sort of new family, whether that is through a Fraternity, Sorority, team or Residence Hall. My Thanksgiving WAS spent with family, a family that I chose. Going to college is a new opportunity where you form new ideas, and connect with new people, maybe even enough to spend the holidays together.
My Christmas Pandora station is up, and I am frantically putting together creative, yet affordable presents for my family and friends. Christmas break is the ultimate present and reward for working so hard for Finals, and (hopefully) passing all classes with sufficient scores. When I am stressed studying I try to look towards break where I can snuggle with my huge lap dog lab, Enzo, drink Chai tea with my friend at my favorite local coffee shop, and overlook the ocean on all my runs at home. I know it will all be worth it, and the end of a difficult semester is near.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Looking back on the week, I was completely blown away by our Theatre department last Friday. We went as a hall event for Elkinton. I have been to almost every performance they have put on, and each time they rock it. If you are a prospective student looking to be apart of an awesome theatre program Linfield will provide, no doubt. The plays are always very unique and creative and covers a variety of topics. The play on Friday was about the Iraq war and the students do great research to provide as accurate story line as possible. I have found myself thinking about the play again and again throughout the weekend.
Well this is the final week before Thanksgiving Break, and while excited for the break, getting through this week will be the real test. Today I had my last exam in Organic Chemistry before the final. To look at the positive in this situation, and I am blessed to have help from a tutor for O.Chem. Here at Linfield, if you are struggling in a class or even just need additional help regardless of your grade in the class, tutors are available. I am paired with a senior bio-chem major, and we work together throughout the week. He helped me a lot preparing for this exam.
Next up is my final speech for my Public Speaking course. It is a persuasive speech, and while it would be really fun to put one together persuading people to attend Linfield, I want it to work for the audience, which are already Linfield students of course! So, I have chosen the topic of learning a musical instrument. My family always put great value on music growing up, and I played the Oboe for seven years. While I have not continued it in college, I still see great value in what I learned musically, and the opportunities I gained from the experience of learning an instrument. I hope to encourage that with my speech!
And finally, I have an essay test on Wednesday for my Christianity course.
This week will be tough, almost a finals week before actual finals, but I am rewarded with a nice long break where my sister is coming to visit me! We are going to try out my Gluten-free, Dairy-free Pumpkin pie before I try it out on Thanksgiving in case it is awful.
Happy (Almost) Thanksgiving!
Until Next Time,
The end of October always marks a transition for me. The beginning of November marks signing up for upcoming classes, which is slightly stressful, but exciting at the same time. SO, to get ready for the changes, I decided to chop my hair off. First time since eighth grade, so a fun change for me!
Tomorrow I sign up for my Spring/Jan Term courses, and I am hoping things work out! Since the average class size is so small at Linfield, popular classes fill up fast! I made the decision to not take a class offered during Jan term, but would not miss being here for the world. I will be working here at the Admission Office and participating in an internship and/or volunteer position that I am setting up with Career Development Program on campus. I am interested in studying Nutrition and someday having a career in that field, so I will be finding an opportunity to work in that field during January, I hope! The career development office is a fantastic resource on campus, that I am so happy I am able to utilize. I came in with no concrete idea of what I wanted to do, and they worked with me to figure out my needs.
Additionally, I may be taking on a role with the dining services on Campus, by working with the Chefs and workers by labeling meals with “Gluten-free” and/or “dairy-free”. I am unable to eat dairy, and have had additional health issues continue and decided to remove gluten from my diet as well. I was nervous about this, being that I am on the meal plan here at Linfield, and did not want to just eat salad every day. I met with the head Chef, Noah, and the General Manager, Bill this morning, and they reassured me about my options. I was very relieved to hear that they have many options, not always advertised, but available for people like me! I want to work with them to advertise and market the options that are out there, to make it easier and more inviting for students with dietary needs/concerns. Today, I was reminding of how hard our dining services people work in working with the students, and they really do want feedback! They love hearing from students of input they may have, and while the continuous stereotype of bad college food, or freshman 15 still happens, I see Linfield striving to defy that, and they want to provide the best, and highest quality food possibly for our students!
Aren’t we lucky?
I am working on adding more fun to my weekends, as sometimes I tend to try to catch up on all sorts of homework during those precious days. But this coming weekend, I am excited to go bowling in town, a very short walk from campus! On the weekends they have something called “Cosmic Bowling” where they play music, and have black lights and more. It’s a great time with friends, for a couple hours on a Friday or Saturday night! Additionally, my friend is putting on a tea get-together Saturday morning, and I am not one to pass up good tea! Additionally, I will get in a few runs including an 8 miler around town.
Hope everyone voted today!
I wanted to share this write up on one my teammates on cross country, a great representative of a real wildcat.
Read here about Katie Skinner, one of our top runners on the Women’s Cross Country team.
Until next time!
I’ll allow these pictures to do the talking first:
These pictures were taken at Farmer John’s Produce only 5 miles away from Linfield Campus. The valley fog lifted as we arrived to the pumpkin patch, and it became these gorgeous warm Sunday afternoon.
Farmer John’s was much more than a pumpkin patch. Inside the market area, there was fresh cucumbers, squashes of all sizes, potatoes, Jams, nuts, dried fruit, fresh apples, watermelons and much more. I was glad I hadn’t ate lunch yet, because there were samples of almost everything edible! I bought some huge cucumbers for a great deal, and some jam to share with the family I am spending thanksgiving with. I also picked out two pumpkins from the patch, that are now sitting outside my door adding the fall flavor to my floor. I am planning on using one to make a pie for thanksgiving, as I was assigned the pie duty this year (well, I assigned it to myself…)! Farmer John’s was a such a great experience to see what all goes on in the Willamette Valley. I already want to go back before harvest season is over. It would even be a great bike ride being that it is so close!
Additionally, I had my last cross country meet this Saturday, since I did not make the conference team. It was a rough season for me, but overall our girls are extremely talented and very competitive. I am very proud of the team, and great things lay in store. Our meet was held at McIver Park in Estacada, OR, speaking of gorgeous places nearby… It is one of my favorite place to race, as part of the course lines the river, and it feels a lot like home. It was another gorgeous day, and a great turnout of athletes, as we had twice the amount of competitors as last year!
My weeks will slow down a bit with no more official practice and some time off of running to get my body some rest. I plan on getting back to some yoga, and some nice long runs once running gets back on to train for Track season!
School is going really well, although each week I am a little nervous for what the week as in store, I am able to come out alive and even doing well! I was much happier with my second exam results for my Organic Chemistry class this time, and my goal is getting back on track. Linfield challenges you academically, something I am continually impressed with, as the students work hard.
This week, I am getting ready for the holidays, and we are decorating our lounge!!
Hopefully pictures will be up soon enough!
Until Next time,