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Kyra: Life Comes At You Fast

The school year is quickly coming to a close! I graduate in less than 30 days! It seems incredible that four years have flown by so quickly. Change is always good, but it definitely comes with a good deal of anxiety–there are just so many opportunities and choices to make as graduation, and “real life”, approaches. It’s all very exciting and very confusing. For now, as I’m finishing up my honors thesis and preparing for post-grad life, I’m just trying to take advantage of the time I have left here on campus. Linfield has been an absolutely lovely place to live for the past four years. I’ve had opportunities and grown in ways I never thought possible. I’ve made lifelong friends and had experiences I’ll never forget.

I present my honors thesis on May 16th. I’m NOT NEARLY done with my thesis, but I’m close enough to present. It’s nerve-wracking and gratifying all at once. So far, I’ve hit 60 pages out of our 50 page minimum, with more to add (like a conclusion) and edit. I never thought I’d be able to write this much, or even have so much to say about any one topic! I think that my ability to articulate so much has a lot to say about the quality of our English Department. I would never be able to write and think as critically as I do now, as a senior in college, without their tireless effort and support. It really is a special department. I’ve enjoyed working with all of the professors so much–it feels like a small family here at Linfield.

Working one on one with my thesis advisor, Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, while TA-ing for his Shakespeare class, has really opened my eyes to the possibilities that academia offers. I’ve always been adamant about not teaching, yet as I’ve worked with this class over the past semester, planned lessons/activities and run events, I’ve found myself really enjoying the challenge. I know that graduate school (and a Ph.d) are some of my goals in life, but now I can actually see myself as a professor, and importantly, see myself enjoying being a professor.

However, before any of that can happen–I have to finish my degree! I’m really excited to see how my honors thesis turns out. I have the rest of the project mapped out in my head. Though I may be nervous about presenting, I’m really excited that I was able to accomplish so much. School has always been really important to me, so graduating with honors, from a department that I know cares about me, not just academically, but as a person, really means a lot. It makes all of the hard work, the sweat and the tears I’ve put into writing this paper, worth it. Now, I just need to figure out how to title it–my greatest weakness! One would assume that after writing 60 pages of applying critical theory to Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and its adaptions, coming up with a simple title would be easy. It’s not! It’s the worst! I have a difficult time titling my poetry, not to mention the largest and most complex work of my entire college career….(not to be dramatic…though if you’ve been reading my blog posts for this long, you should know by now that I’m a fairly dramatic person).

Despite this, it’s difficult not to be optimistic. The sun is FINALLY coming out (though we’ll see how long it lasts), and I love the color and spirit of May. I may have a hard time with change, but really, who doesn’t? It’s nice to welcome a little bit of upheaval now and then–it makes things interesting. Right now, I’m just going to enjoy the process of writing (even if it is exhausting) and take advantage of the time I have left here with my friends.

After graduating high school, there’s always the fear that you’ll lose your friends–some of that is true, people grow and change dramatically while they’re at college. But, I know that the friends I’ve made here on campus are lifelong friends. You go through SO MUCH change while you’re here, and the people who stick with you and experience those changes as you grow and evolve during these four years are the people that will stay in your life for a very long time. I’m incredibly grateful for that.

 

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Summer and I doing…God knows what…it’s absolutely true that you make your best friends at college.

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I really enjoy going on long drives throughout the nearby country–it’s really nice to see all the open space after spending hours studying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Annual Linfield Burn! This year we honored Professor Nils Luo, who passed away earlier this year. It was a really special event, and so nice to see so many people turn out to commemorate him.

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Robin and I at a new restaurant/tap station in town–it’s amazing!

Kevin: Spring Open House Tomorrow!

It’s May, and that means it’s time for Spring Open House here at Linfield. Since most seniors have already made their college decision, this is an event designed for high school juniors to get a feel for what life is like here at Linfield prior to applying next fall. If you haven’t already signed up, I highly encourage you to do so ASAP here. One of the things we do for all of our Open Houses is a sample class. Classes at Linfield are very interactive and engaging, and we do our best to portray that in three different sample classes. Tomorrow I will be assisting Organic Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator Katie Sours in teaching a class about how molecules actually work. We’ll be talking about how and why they function in the ways that they do, and we’ll include some really cool demonstrations to supplement the material. One of the important things we’ve been discussing in preparing this class is making it accessible to everyone who attends. We want to be able to speak simply and accurately about the science we’re discussing, and this is actually a skill both Katie and I have learned in our time here at Linfield. Not only is Katie Sours our current O-Chem Lab Coordinator, but she’s also a Linfield Chemistry Alumna. We’ve both had some fantastic experiences in presenting about science to a number of audiences, and I think we’ll be able to show off those abilities quite nicely tomorrow. One such example has come for me at the last two American Chemical Society Spring National Meetings. I know I wrote before about Speaking Simply about Science. I was also interviewed on camera by the Chemistry Ambassadors of the American Chemical Society, and that video was sent to me this morning! You can check it out here. I’m really excited to add this video to my resume to show future graduate schools and employers the experience I have to draw upon as a result of my Linfield education. Experiences like these are one of the many reasons why high school seniors are currently deciding to be Linfield Bound, and it’s something I highly encourage the juniors to start looking into as well.

Til next time,

Kevin

Kiera: Summer is coming!

I hope you all had a great weekend!!  My 10k went really well.  I achieved both my goals of finishing and in under an hour.  One of my best friends got up early with me and was there to support me.  We both had a blast and I was thoroughly sore afterwards!

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As the semester progresses students spend more time with their noses in their books and less time goofing off and that is what I did after my race.  It seems as if the mountain of homework is increasing.  My cat also had 4 kittens so I am super excited about getting to go see them!  :D

There are only 4 weeks of school left and many people are finalizing summer plans.  I am going to remain on campus where I will be living and working.  Some of my friends will be doing the same and I am really excited to get to spend the summer with them.

After all the rain we had last week, the sun decided to come out this week and it’s supposed to be warm!!  How can you not be happy with sunny t-shirt weather?  Have a great week!!

Dana: Lu’au!

Hello again!

This coming weekend, we are having our Hawaiian Club 42nd Annual Lu’au – Keiki ‘O Ka Aina.  I am very excited to attend as last year I wasn’t able to go. It consists of some fabulous food, and a wonderful show of dancing by Hawaiian students or not. Anyone is invited to be apart of the Lu’au.  In case you are in the area, here is the link to buy tickets!

It is also Mom’s weekend, and many moms come up tp see the Lu’au and join in other events around campus. My friend’s mom will be coming down with her sister for the weekend and the Choir performance on Sunday. This weekend is full of culture and entertainment!

As the year comes to a close, lots of events pop up as the weather gets better. It is supposed to be 84 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday of this week!! I better dress accordingly, or I will surely be uncomfortable with the sudden temperature change.

If you have not visited campus yet, I hope to see your face soon! Come by and say hello!

Until Next Time,

Dana

Morgan: Greek Week!

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The week of April 13-18 was GREEK WEEK here on campus!

Every sorority was paired up with a fraternity to complete in all of the greek week activities.

Here are the pairings:

    • Alpha Phi (my sorority) & Theta Chi
    • Phi Sigma Sigma & Delta Psi Delta
    • Zeta Tau Alpha & Kappa Sigma
    • Sigma Kappa Phi & Pi Kappa Alpha

The theme of Greek Week this year was “decades”! If teams dressed up as a decade to each event they were given bonus points!

Greek week started Sunday, April 13th with a greek-wide service event. All greek organizations gathered on 3rd street, downtown McMinnville. We raised money, collected care packages and asked people to write letters for Operation Gratitude. All of the donations we received went to our troops who are serving over-seas. We raised over $1,600! Alpha Phi & Theta Chi raised the most money out of all the greek organizations which put us in the lead!

Monday was field event day! The events included human pyramid building, Frisbee toss, orange necking, balancing an egg on a spoon and chubby bunny (try to stuff as many marshmallows in your mouth as possible). Sigma Kappa Phi & Pi Kappa Alpha came in first in the field event games and Alpha Phi & Theta Chi came in second. However, in overall greek week standings, Alpha Phi & Theta Chi were still in the lead. Zeta Tau Alpha & Kappa Sigma were in third and Phi Sigma Sigma & Delta Psi Delta were in fourth.

Wednesday was trivia day! Each team chose one boy and one girl to answer a series of trivia questions! Alpha Phi & Theta Chi came in first place, furthering our overall greek-week lead!

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Alpha Phi & Theta Chi – GREEK WEEK CHAMPIONS!

Thursday was dodge ball! It was double elimination dodge ball! Alpha Phi & Theta Chi won against Zeta Tau Alpha & Kappa Sigma and then we went onto beat Phi Sigma Sigma & Delta Psi Delta. We then won against Sigma Kappa Phi & Pi Kappa Alpha. Sigma & Pike then played Phi Sig & Delta to see who would play us again for the championship. Sigma & Pike beat Phi Sig & Delta and played us in the championship round. Alpha Phi & Theta Chi beat them again, making us the dodge ball champs and put us in a significant lead over everyone else in greek week.

Saturday was Lip Sync. This is the biggest event of greek week and the one that everyone looks forward to! Each team came up with a playlist of songs that were cut down to 15-30 second bits. In between the music there was dialogue. The whole thing was choreographed and went along with the decades theme!

Sigma Kappa Phi & Pi Kappa Alpha came in first in Lip Sync, Zeta Tau Alpha & Kappa Sigma came in second, Alpha Phi & Theta Chi came in third and Phi Sigma Sigma & Delta Psi Delta came in fourth.

Alpha Phi & Theta Chi had the most overall points and were the champions of greek week!!

Greek week is by far the best week of the year, and I highly recommend for incoming students to GO GREEK! No matter what school you attend :)

I hope to see you soon!

Morgan