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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

 

Dana: Life, Student Updates

Here is just an update on what is going on on the Linfield Campus, as well as in my life as I jump into my Spring Semester.

This Thursday I was invited to attend a lecture and dinner through the Religious Studies department, and I look forward to being there. Check out the link to provide more information on the speaker! I have yet to attended a guest speaker or professor that has not impressed me, so I try to catch as many of our visiting speakers as possible.

This Friday our hall is having a movie night with tons of snacks and hanging out involved. I look forward to getting into my pajamas at 8pm and snuggling in a blanket while watching movies this Friday.

Saturday is our MLK Day, where we have different service projects going on. Students sign up online and chose which area in the community they’d like to serve, and I chose to attend a assisted living home to hang out with some wise ladies and gentlemen. I am very excited; Linfield puts on fantastic services events throughout the year. In the afternoon my friend and I are planning to drive to a beautiful place to run in the afternoon.

Sunday is my good friend’s birthday, and her mom and aunt will be visiting so we will be doing something fun for her birthday and I will be attending! Also, I have a coffee/study date with a friend, which always makes homework and reading a whole lot of more fun.

In a few weeks I have a 10K race coming up in Champoeg State Park which is very beautiful and not too far away from McMinnville. I camped there last Spring, so I am excited to race there.

I am off for today, but will return as always!

Happy Wildcat Wednesday!

Dana

Dana: Welcoming the New Semester: Spring 2014

Welcome!

It is officially Spring Term, starting off with a Snow Day!! A large snow storm came to the Pacific Northwest this past week, which delayed travel for students to arrive back on campus.  Just today I am starting to see more of my residents arrive. My mom and I had quite the adventure driving up from Northern California taking the coast, 101 Highway.  It was a beautiful drive, and, thankfully, snow free for the most of it. I was thankful my mom drove an All-Wheel Drive car and that we decided to delay our travel day since Friday was when most of the snow came down, and closed I5 etc. Upon arrival, we then got to enjoy the winter wonderland.

All of us students get the week off after January Term, and arrive refreshed for the Spring Term starting in February, ending at the very end of May.  In some ways it feels like a fresh start, a chance to re-evaluate maybe New Years resolutions or perhaps look back on Fall Semester.  I know there are many things I’d like to change about what happened during Fall semester, so I am excited to start this term and turn a new leaf!

I am most excited about my Acting class I get to take! One of the six modes of inquiry for a Linfield liberal arts degree is called ‘Creative Studies,’ and instead of taking a visual arts course, such as drawing or painting, I get to take a performing arts course, Acting! I did some theatre in High School, and it was an absolute blast, so I am excited to get back into acting. I really love the way the modes of inquiry are set up here at Linfield, because it is our general education, but there is so much diversity within each section, so you can pick and chose a class that you are interested in!

For Spring semester, I have some ideas for upcoming hall events for Elkinton Hall.  Each residence hall has a certain amount of funds to use on events for the students living there, and I plan to use as much of it as I can for my awesome residents.  Some ideas I have so far, is to take a trip to Target in Tigard. We would rent a big van to transport some students for a field trip to Target. :) Another idea is a walking field trip to a local store called Incahoots. They sell loose-leaf tea, so we will provide a small amount of cash for each student attending to pick out their own loose leaf tea, and infuser.

This upcoming weekend is Competitive Scholarship Day, a huge weekend for Linfield prospective students, and I am excited to be a part of it! I am hosting a student this weekend, which will be a fun experience being that I was hosted as a prospective student when I attending Competitive Scholarship Day.  This weekend was a huge reason I fell in love with Linfield, the environment and the people here. I actually stayed with another prospective student at the time, who now lives on my floor!

Until Next time!

Dana