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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!!

Kiera: March Madness

Happy March everyone!

February was busy with a lot of studying and keeping on top of homework as professors gave out more and more.  Things seem to be settling down and people seem to have their routines.  It was great to see so many prospective students show up for Competitive Scholarship Day!!  I hope everyone who came had a blast.  I enjoyed getting to meet so many wonderful people to are excited about college!!  I rearranged my schedule a little to make sure that I could dedicate enough time to sufficiently study for all of my classes.  Sadly, I dropped German, but in exchange I added Power Lifting for one credit and that course is laid back and the instructor is able to work with all of us individually.

March is that time of the semester again where everyone seems to have at least one exam of some sort.  I have two on Thursday!!  Eww. I have been doing so much studying and hopefully it all pays off during my exams this Thursday.

I have been running again and I want to do the Pi Day 5k run that we have at Linfield every year as well as a 10k in late April.  I am excited for both and have already made up a work-out plan to help me reach both of those goals.

3 weeks until spring break!  I can hardly believe it.  That is so soon!  In some ways it feels like we just started the semester and in others it feels like we’ve been plugging along for a while.

Have a great week and enjoy the spontaneous bursts of sunshine!!

Kiera: Bring on Spring!

What an exciting week it has been!  I started it off with my 21st birthday and I had a great time hanging out with my friends!  We are also going to get our nails done!  There was over 8 inches of snow on the ground and the last time it snowed this much at the beginning of February was 21 years ago!  I made a snow angel and I even made a snow cake and I really enjoyed running around in the snow!!

With all of the snow and ice on the ground classes were cancelled for Monday.  As exciting as this was, some professor still sent assignments and it just means more to do later.  :/  So, what classes am I taking?  I am taking French 202, German 202, Theories: Counseling & Psychotherapy, and Design & Analysis.  Taking two foreign languages can be challenging at times but it is manageable.  I am excited to be reading a short novel or two in each of those classes.  I think that Theories: Counseling & Psychotherapy is going to be a really interesting and insightful class.  Design & Analysis is research methods and statistics combined into one class and it is required for psychology majors.  I like math so I am excited about the statistics part and I have already noticed some course overlap with intro to cognition which I took last semester. :)

Good Luck to everyone who is taking a test this weekend for Competitive Scholarship Day and don’t forget that the application deadline is this Saturday, February 15th!

Kiera: An Awe-Inspiring Experience

Gōngxǐfācái!  Happy Lunar New Year!  January 31, 2014 marks the beginning of the year of the horse.  My family is going to celebrate this weekend and the international club is planning some events to celebrate during the first week of the semester, which starts on February 10th.

I have returned home from Mexico and I had a great trip.  Along with hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling, we also tagged sea turtles and learned to surf!!  I enjoyed every moment of it and I liked learning about the Mexican culture.

One of my favorite moments in Mexico was the snorkeling and looking at tide pools.  I was able to see so many new brilliant forms of life from King Angel fish to Trumpetfish and many species of urchins.  It was really remarkable!!  It was humbling to look out at the sea and then think about the abundance of life that I couldn’t see, but I know was swimming under the surface of the water.

Sea Urchin Slate Pencil Sea Star

I loved being able to interact with sea turtles and sea lions.  The sea turtle are beautiful reptiles with delicate eyes and the sea lions pups were just as curious about us as we were them.  Both animals are really strong swimmers in the water, but really quite clumsy on land.  We also went whale watching which was just fantastic.  We were out there for nearly 3 hours and the whole time we were following two gray whales that were courting.  There were also lots of dolphins, cormorants, pelicans, and a few sea lions.  The sea was just abundant with life!!

Turtle Sea Lions Whale Tale

I did so many new things, tried all sorts of new foods, and experienced life in such a different way.  It was such an awe-inspiring experience and I am so grateful for the experience!  It was such a wonderful place and  I hope that one day I am able to go back and visit.

Have a great weekend!!