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I hope you are all staying warm as the weather gets much colder! I have begun wearing thermal clothes more and more often, although, I’m almost always cold.
I love all of the activities that go on around this campus and in the area! This past Saturday I went ice skating with the German club. We went up to the Lloyd Center mall in Portland where we skated. It was super fun! I’ve only been twice before and I am happy to say that I only fell once, however in an area that had some water, so I got a little wet. Afterwards we had a little extra time so we walked around the mall for a while. It was pretty cool; I’ve never been to that mall before. I was able to get a gift for my secret Santa, which is something my friends and I do. We then went to eat dinner at the Rheinlander restaurant. It is a German restaurant with some really good food and traditional decorations. I had wiener schnitzel and a German soft pretzel which were really good!! On our way back we stopped at a Dutch Bros., which is a drive through coffee company unique to Oregon. We decided to stop by since some people in our van had never been.
Next week is Thanksgiving break and we get the whole week off. I’m not going to lie, after twelve weeks of classes, I am really happy to have a whole week off where I can eat home cooked food and play with my cat.
Hi everyone! I hope you had a fantastic week!! Just under two weeks of classes before Thanksgiving break and then a week of classes before finals. About this time of year is when you see more people at the library and other places on campus studying and doing homework, especially since finals are right around the corner.
Last week was registration week for January term and spring semester classes. I was a little nervous about it because I wanted to make sure I got all the classes I needed. My registration time slot was at 8:30 in the morning and afterwards I was right back in bed since I didn’t have class until 10:45. To be honest, I spent most of my week writing an essay which I slipped under my professor’s office door at 6:30 Friday evening. In my defense, he only said it was due Friday, not at what time.
I have discovered the movie section in our Library and although I have no idea how it is organized I thought I would look through it. I haven’t seen very many movies, but I do have a list of some the must-see classics. So I decided that every weekend I would watch one movie, so this past Friday, I watched The Descendents. College can be a lot of hard work, so for me, to prevent excessive stress or burn-out, I decided that every Friday and Saturday evening I would take time for myself to do anything that doesn’t involve homework.
Yesterday was our Fall Open House, so in the morning and during lunch I got to talk to a lot of really awesome prospective students. This week I have two more tests and next week a French presentation, so this week I will be busy studying!! Have a great week!!
Happy November!! Just three more weeks until Thanksgiving break and I am really looking forward to it! A week of no class and good homemade food…um…YES!!
Every year Linfield puts on a Resident Hall trick-or-treat for the kids in the community and for a few hours in the evening little kids come and trick-or-treat at our room doors. My roommate and I handed out candy to the kids. They were so cute!! I haven’t done anything for Halloween in 11 years, but this year I decided to get dressed up for the kids. My friends helped me out and I was a huntress for Halloween. After the resident hall trick-or-treat a bunch of my friends got together and we ate food and played board games. We had a blast!!
As you may or may not know, I am going abroad for this upcoming January term. So right now I am taking a January term orientation class. We have read two books by John Steinbeck; A Log in the Sea of Cortez, and The Pearl. We are also writing a credo. A credo is a statement of your beliefs and why you believe in those things. It is very philosophical. It is a difficult paper to write and I am definitely having difficulty with it. I met with my professors to go over it and they picked it apart and I had to reorganize my paper, but after going over it with them step by step I think I am finally getting the hang of it. Now if only I could just put it all together into one cohesive essay…hmm. We’ll just have to wait and see.
The Residence Hall Association give residents the opportunity to have leadership roles within their hall; so this might be Hall President, Wellness Chair, Birthday Chair, Green Chair, or a Peer Conduct Board Member. I am the wellness chair for my hall, so last Friday I put on an event title Hot Retro Yoga. We did yoga in the lounge in front of the fireplace with the lights out. It was a lot of fun!
On the first Sunday of each month their are hall meetings. These are short group meetings with your RA’s to get information and such. After every hall meeting my friends and I have made it a tradition to get ice cream from Dairy Queen. I was very happy about their pumpkin pie blizzards! It was really good, like pumpkin pie in a cup!
This week there was a discussion and panel about War and Citizenship. Although I had to work and therefore missed most of it, I did get to hear a bit at the end and it was really interesting. Later this week three professors are presenting the results of some of the research they have been doing.
Stay warm and dry and have a GREAT week!!
It’s getting close to that time of year again where student’s lives seem to revolve around studying. But there’s also Halloween before hand! To be honest, I haven’t celebrated Halloween since I was about 10 years old, but my friends are helping me out. Last Friday we went shopping. I needed to get some shoes and then we stopped by the Halloween store. It was interesting to see all of the things you can get in a Halloween shop, although, I would prefer to have nothing to do with fake spiders… or real ones for that matter. I bo8ught a costume for the first time in my life. It’s called “Huntress” but it kind of reminds me of the elves from Lord of the Rings. On Halloween my roommate and I, along with other students throughout the campus are going to do a sort of safe Halloween for kids in the community where they come and trick-or-treat at our room doors and we hand out candy. I’ll be a lot fun.
I have another exam this week, for the third week in a row, but none next week. YAY!! It just so happens that my classes happen to have exams at all different times rather than all within the same week or two. There are pros and cons to this, but at this point, I really just want to have all my exams in the same week so I can have three weeks with no major exam. And when that happens next semester, I will probably say the opposite. Like I said, pros and cons.
Next week we register for classes for the January term and Spring term semester so I’ll be meeting with my advisor before then. I’m also putting on Hot Retro Yoga as a wellness focused hall event.
We have been having wonderful weather!! A little chilly, but sunny!! We are half way through the semester!! But that also mean exams, exams, exams. Phooey.
The unity retreat was awesome!! I went late on Friday with a few others to Camp Yamhill. It was a short car ride, but fun. I definitely made a lot of new friends! We had some worship time with singing! I had a sore throat so singing was rather interesting for me. We also had some individual reflection time where I walked around the camp and read my bible. We also had some free time where some people did homework, <<yes, homework, but it still has to be done sometime,>> some people went hiking, and others, like me, took a nap by the fireplace in our cabin. The weather was great over the weekend, also cold, and on the last night we made a campfire and sung songs, shared stories, and ATE S’MORES!!
There was an awesome guest psychology lecture on Monday night. Dr. Douglas Gentile, a professor from Iowa State University gave a lecture about media violence and aggression. It was really interesting and I learned some really fascinating things about risk factors for aggression.
Until next time.