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Kiera: Registration and Mid-terms

Hi Everyone!!

I hope you all had a great weekend and were able to enjoy the sunshine!!  It was so nice being able to study outside with my friends!!

Registration for next Fall semester is going on right now so there is a lot of talk about classes and next year.  I registered yesterday and was relieved to be able to get into all of the classes I wanted.  I will be taking French 301, Intro to Social Psych, Seminar in Abnormal Psych, and Race & Ethnicity.  Housing registration for next year is in two weeks so friends have been getting together to work out who they’re living with and where.  It was particularly difficult for me and my friends because the majority of us are studying abroad for at least one semester next year.

Midterms always sound so serious, but for us Wildcats, it really just means exams.  We don’t have one giant test in the middle of the semester and one giant final.  We have two or three exams throughout the semester and then a final, which is usually comprehensive.  This week seems to be a big week for exams.  I myself have two exams and two one-page papers due on Thursday and a presentation about of Friday, so I am definitely keeping really busy studying, but once exams are over and the weekend comes, it is overwhelming relief!!

This Friday is another one of our Spring Visit Days for admitted students.  I am excited to meet so many new people who are interested in Linfield and, of course, I am excited to host a student!!

Have a great week!! Enjoy the little bits of sun and warm weather we get!!

Kiera: Spring is in the air!!

I hope you all had a fantastic start to your week and a great weekend!!

Last week I attended a 3 hour mediation workshop and it was super interesting as well as really relevant to what I have been learning in my theories to counseling and psychotherapy class.  Community members were also able to attend and it was great getting to hear their perspective, especially during role-plays.

This past weekend I went to to dinner at the Rheinlander restaurant in Portland.  I had a blast getting to hang out with my friends and eating good food.  I had bratwurst with sauerkraut, red cabbage, and potatoes.

Getting to see admitted prospective students yesterday during one of our spring visit days was awesome!!  I had a prospective student stay the night and we had a lot of fun.  We even watched Mean Girls with my friend and two other prospective students that were staying with her.  I love getting to hear about what everyone is interested in and being able to answer their questions about Linfield.

Tonight is a Candlelight Prayer Service which I’m sure will be fabulous as always and this whole week is sexuality week and Greek week so there are a lot of cool activities going on.  Hopefully I don’t get to distracted from my homework! ;)  Especially since the sun is shining and it is warm outside!!

Enjoy the weather and have a great week!!

Kiera: Spring Break

Hi Everyone!!

I am back from break where I was house sitting for my mom.  It was warm and sunny the first few days, but then it was back to rain.  I was able to sleep and read a lot.  I read Girlosophy, a book I borrowed from a friend that is inspiration based from the Indian chakra.  I also read Catching Fire and Mockingjay which I thought were both fantastic books!!  I spent the evenings sitting in the family room with my cat curled up on my lap.

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It was great to be able to relax, but alas, it is back to class, which means homework and tests.  It is really important to stay on top of class work because it helps keep stress levels down when students get really busy and it means you have more time for fun activities!!

It is that time of the semester again to start thinking about next Fall.  We register for classes in two weeks so many people are going to begin talking about everything class related for next semester.  I just took a brief peek at the course listing and it looks like none of my required classes overlap.  Yay!!  As exciting as it can be to think about next year, there are only two  more months left in this semester which means that finals will be here before we know it.

Happy April Fool’s Day and enjoy the bits of sun that come out!!

Kiera: Spring is coming!!

Hey Everyone!!

I hope you all had a great weekend!!  I started my weekend by running the Pi Day 5k run at Linfield.  It was fantastic and I did better than I expected!  I was pretty busy.  Right after the run we had part 1 of a 2 day study abroad orientation.  Orientation on Friday afternoon was pretty informational, especially important was information about visas and other logistics.

Saturday was day 2 of orientation and it was more program focused meaning we broke into groups by the country we will be going to.  Me?  I am going to Aix-en-Provence, France!!  We also did skits of what to do and not to do in certain situations.  It was funny to watch how people interpreted the scenarios and acted them out.  We also got to hear from a panel of students who had returned from studying abroad.  So with all of that information we got to hear about their experiences which was super exciting.

I spent most of Sunday studying for the test I had on Monday and after all of my classes on Monday I had some free time so I went for a run off campus and found a long skinny park called Westvale Greenway Park.  It was nice and fun to run in a park that wound around went along multiple city blocks.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!  I enjoyed getting to see people sport their green and I had a great time hanging out with my friends!

Next week is Spring Break and it is starting to warm up and the sun is peaking out from behind the clouds more!!  Have a great rest of the week and an awesome Spring break!!

Kiera: Busy Bees

My first exams seems to have gone well.  The semester always seems to pick up speed after the first exam.  With lots of homework, another exam coming up and all sorts of activities going on there is plenty to keep one busy.  I like that it is starting to warm up and that it is sunny out more!!

Tonight there is a Celtic Prayer Service in celebration of St. Patrick’s day!!  There is a lecture this Thursday that sounds really interesting.  It is called Limits of Power: the End of American Exceptionalism and it will be given by Andrew Bacevich who is a political scientist and specializes in American foreign policy among other related topics.  This Friday is also Pi Day and there is going  to be a 3.14 mile run in celebration, which I will be running in!! and this run is also kicking off the Wildcat Games.  The Wildcat Games is a health and wellness competition between the residence halls.  For one week all of the residents will be able to do different activity such as eating vegetables for dinner, going for a 20 minute run or drinking 8 cups of water throughout the day to earn points for their hall.  At the end of the week the a representative from the two halls with the highest points will compete in a final take down with various short activities.  The winner will earn their residence hall a pizza party.  I am excited for the games to start!!

I will be studying abroad in France next year and orientation is this coming weekend.  Although I am not really looking forward to orientation since I have been abroad before, it was suggested to me that I teach others what I learned from my previous experience and I think this will be a great way to learn how to do that.  Also, I am excited to see who will be going where, including if anyone else is going on my program.

Although there is a lot to keep me busy, Spring break  is coming up soon, March 24-28!  Warm, sunny weather is always a great motivation to study outside or get it done to enjoy the sunshine!

Have a great week!!