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Dana: Why I came to Linfield

Hello!

I am back from our Spring Break refreshed and hopefully smarter, ready to take on the final two months of school! Many people’s question for me when they come to visit Linfield, is why did you chose Linfield? What drew you in? Here is my answer, the full truth and the reality of having such a high expectation.

I valued the connection I had with my teachers all growing up, starting in elementary school going all the way through high school. I can pinpoint specific teachers that pushed me to my potential and made me a better student. Going to college, I wanted to continue that! I wanted to have a special connection with instructors; it was how I learned. I was attracted to Linfield, because the professor availability and connection with the students was obvious and clear when I came to visit. During this Spring Break I was talking to a dear friend, who is currently a student at UC Berkley, and he just loved hearing how some of my classes are set up. “Wait, you are actually graded on participating in discussion in class?” “Your professor begs and pleads you to come visit them during office hours?” YES! My answer is yes! Our professors truly want us to be successful and learn. While having that high expectation going into my first year at Linfield, it has only gotten better from there. Sometimes my favorite part of my day is going to class because of certain professors. They make class exciting, difficult but fair, and engaging. Some professors do not grade on attendance, yet some do not need to because everyone wants to be there. I honestly feel that way about my classes this semester, and feel so lucky to be at a college, where it is easy to be successful, not because it is easy. In no way is Linfield curriculum easy, in fact I’d argue the opposite. It is because the opportunity is viewed as a positive experience.

If you enjoy having a good relationship with your instructors, I’d highly reccomend checking out Linfield as one of your colleges!

Until Next Time,

Dana

Dana: Activities On and Off-Campus

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!

While, sometimes it feels that holidays are less fun the older you get, when professors show you a Leprechaun cake trap she made with her daughter, you can live vicariously through images like that. :) My day started out well, when I got my first mid term back for Cognitive Psychology! Hard work pays off, and onto my next big exam this Wednesday in American Politics!

Speaking of Politics, one of my favorite opportunities I have on the Linfield campus, is to attend guest lecturers. I know I already blogged and raved about other speakers coming to campus and speaking, but yet another one impressed me. The Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement, or what most call PLACE, puts on events such as last Thursdays lecture, “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.” The PLACE program allows for knowledge, and growth outside just the classroom setting, and provides different current, and past issues to be discussed, all an important part of gaining a Liberal Arts degree. This past Thursday, Andrew Bacevich came and spoke regarding Foreign Policy, the role of America and the rest of the world, the ever increasing gap between the American People and the military, and so forth. He was extremely passionate, and riveting with his ideas, and surely was not a politician in his way of relaying his ideas. There was no pleasing one party or the other, he told it how he believes it works, whether those were conservative or liberal views.

Friday was Pi Day! I always try to celebrate fun nerdy days like March 14. So, at 3:14PM, I took off on a 3.14 mile race all around campus. I lead the race for the first mile, and unfortunately I missed one turn, and forced the top three runners including me to go some extra mileage. We soon got back on the course, and enjoyed the yummy fruit post-race. It was a beautiful sunny day, and even for such an informal race, it felt good to come in third overall and first for women!

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Soon after my race, I headed up to Portland and spent the weekend snowboarding at Mt. Hood, Timberline Ski Resort. The weather was incredible! While it made the snow a little slushy, I boarded most of the day in just a tanktop, it was that warm! From 10am-6pm, I was out enjoying the mountain, and exhausting my body! I was so tired, I went to bed at 8PM, and didn’t wake up until 10AM the next morning! It felt so good to sleep that much.

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If you are a skiier or boarder, you must come check out Mt. Hood! I am headed back the second weekend of Spring Break to go night skiing! Ski Bowl, one of the other resorts on Mt. Hood, has the largest night skiing in the country!

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Another attraction near Linfield is the Woodburn Outlets! A mere 45 minutes away, are some of the best Outlet stores I’ve been to! Of course, we had to stop by on our way back to Linfield…!

Want to know more about awesome lecture/guest speakers that come to Linfield Campus? Want to hear about the best places to visit when you live in Oregon for the next four years of your college? Contact the Office of Admission, and ask to talk to a current student!

Wear your green, and eat your greens!

Dana

 

Dana: March Madness continues!

Hello there!

I had my first midterm done this morning, so I am feeling relieved, although not for long, as the next one is tomorrow! March likes to throw all types of exams at the students of Linfield College. Thank goodness the sun is returning slowly, so moods are up and people are even happier than normal.

My current favorite class I am taking this semester is American Politics. Although it is one of my longest classes and goes latest into the afternoon, it provides a great time to discuss the history of America as well as the current system, and it’s flaws and benefits to using the government we use today. We cover current court cases, and events going on; it keeps my attention the entire class, and while the exams will be tough, I have loved the class so far.

I made a challenge to my hall for the Pi Day 5K this Friday, and I am so excited about it. I told my hall that if they beat me in the 5K, I would buy them their choice of candy/coffee. Already, I have residents looking up my high school times, haha! It will be a good day for some friendly competition.

Last weekend, I enjoyed a day shopping with a good friend up in Tigard, OR. Tigard has a great shopping center called Washington Square, so I like to make it up there a few times a year and enjoy some retail therapy. Also, part of the responsibility of being an RA, we go on Duty Rounds on the weekends. We walk around to all of the Residence Halls to provide an extra safety level throughout campus. With the Spring Forward time change, I went to bed at 3:30AM Saturday night after rounds, so it’s safe to say I am still catching up on some sleep!

This week will be full of studying, a few dinners with friends (including gluten-free cookie dough, so I am pretty excited), enjoying some sunshine, and this coming weekend I am headed up to go snowboarding at Mt. Hood Timberline! For Christmas, my man and I received free lift tickets for Timberline, so it should be a good time!! Mt. Hood is only a 2 hour drive to some great snowboarding; another reason I chose Linfield.

Come check out this beautiful place in the world!

 

Until next time,

Dana

Dana: March Madness, Goals for Spring?

Hello out there!

My week started with my alarm going off and rain pouring down, slightly un-inviting to go out for a run. So I didn’t. It was that simple! Luckily I have a break between my two classes today where I could put in a quick run instead. And guess what? Now it’s beautiful and sunny. So March begins.

My hall event of going to Incahoots, the local tea, flower, gift shop is officially happening this Sunday! I am excited to do some hall bonding and exploration of yummy teas.

This weekend was an exciting one for me, as I had a very good race at Champeog State Park. It was my first 10K since last Spring track, and it went really well. Training hard while doing school and work can be a challenge, but I was reassured this weekend that I can still do it! Even stress-free! It got my brain juices going, and thinking about marathon training… Below is a picture with my boy and our 1st place age group metals! (We were more tired than we look in this picture).

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What are your goals for the Spring? So far mine have been going well. I have managed my school work really well, making it a priority each day.  Elkinton Hall’s well-being has been another priority for me this semester as well. Being the RA, I wanted to make more of an effort to listen to the needs and wants of our hall. Reading (for fun), and sleep are the next small goals I have for spring. Ideas on books to read?

PI day is coming up! On March 14, Linfield is putting on a Pi Race 5K, that I hope to attend with my hall! It will be a nice time to incorporate some wellness learning into the hall, and residents would have choices to run, walk or support the race! More details to come.

Spring Visit Days are coming up! If you are an admitted student and have not yet visited Linfield, I highly recommend coming and enjoying one of our Spring Visits Days:

Monday, April 7

Friday, April 18

More information can be found here.

Happy March!

Dana

Dana: Learning outside of a classroom

Happy Monday Y’all!

My friend texted me today, “This may be the best week of our lives, Dana. Have a good day!” How could you not have a good day after that start? So here’s to a life-changing week.

Well, to be honest, my life already changed this weekend. February is Black History Month, and here at Linfield, an opportunity to celebrate that, we had MLK day. It was a service day for the local community. I immediately signed up when I found out I was able to visit a local senior/assisted living home.  There is so much wisdom in age, and I really value and cherish that. Saturday morning I woke up bright and early to SUNSHINE! I was happy to be up if the sun decided to wake up with me. Other Linfield students all joined in the gym to sign in and gather before either jumping in a van and going to Vineyard Heights Assisted Living Home or staying on campus where young children came and played and learned. Ten students joined me to Vineyard Heights, and for the first hour we played Bingo! It was such a blast, and the best part was the 87 year old man I decided to sit by.

His name is Ted, and first round, five minutes in, “BINGO!!!!!!!!!” The outburst came from Ted, who was ecstatic. Unable to walk, from past strokes, he happily electronically wheeled himself over to the prize table and returned with a large box of Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. For the remaining 8 rounds, Ted won 5 TIMES! Five times. It was so fun, and he was so happy and excited. Next, we were set up to help the residents of the Assisted Living home write their memoirs. In reality it provided an environment where we, as college students, could ask personal questions about their lives.  Ted was very good at talking and listening. He shared a lot, and his stories were special to hear. The story that resonated most with me is when he started speaking about his health. Ted has dealt with health issues for a long time, starting with a heart attack, two strokes and multiple cases of cancer (I am unclear on the type of cancer). After his third round of cancer, he told the doctors, ‘No.’ He did not want more treatment that didn’t seem to work. Ted wanted to cure his body on his own. He then began to eat Raw (This link does not directly describe what Ted did or believes). I am very passionate about nutrition and as a student intending to study it for a living, I was fascinated in his story. It will not be a story I will forget. I have since purchased Ted’s book, not to convince myself to eat raw, but more as a student of the Nutrition field, I feel it is in my interest to learn different sides than to just what we are told by the books, or television.

And why am I sharing this story on the Linfield Blog? This opportunity for me to learn was provided through Linfield. The classroom can provide the facts and some discussion, but I learned immense amount of information on a Saturday morning at Vineyard Heights.

In addition, I made another friend, named Ruth, who will be calling me to confirm my attendance to her 99TH BIRTHDAY coming up in March!! I cannot believe the wisdom I received from her. This wisdom may be just as important as the traditional information taught in school.

Thank you Linfield’s Multicultural Programs, Community Engagement and Service, Black Student Union and the Unity Team.

This Saturday can be summed up by Dr. King’s words, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What Are You Doing For Others?”

I encourage you to take advantage of any service projects or days happening in your community or at Linfield when you arrive here.  While you are benefiting the community, you are inevitably benefiting yourself.

 

I better get back to work now, after all that passionate rambling. :)

Enjoy today!

Dana