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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!!

Kyra: RAC, NUCL and sundry acronyms

I really enjoy being busy–I know, that’s a strange thing to say, but it’s nice to always be doing something (even if it is homework). What’s nice about college, and senior year, is that all of your friends are equally busy, so it makes getting the chance to see them all the better. Also, it makes all those hours of homework and paper writing fly by. Personally, I prefer working with people around, so I like organizing study groups to grab some food, head to the library and get work done, all while getting the chance to hang out and enjoy some time with my friends. The pace with my honors thesis is picking up, so I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the library–thank god for coffee! However, I’m incredibly grateful that I don’t have to do it alone. One of my good friends, Summer, is also doing an honors thesis (on Sylvia Plath) so we’ve been logging a lot of time working together, eating ice cream, making fish sticks–it’s a ton of fun. I’m really looking forward to seeing the end result–I’m 34 pages in with about 20 t0 g0, minimum. Once you’ve invested that much time and effort (not to mention blood, sweat, and tears) it’s incredibly rewarding to see things come together.

Even with all of the work I’m doing for my thesis, I still try to take some time to do some fun extracurriculars. This weekend, Summer and I attended NUCL (Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature) to support our friend, Moniqa, who presented a paper on Junot Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”. Having attended the Sigma Tau conference in Georgia earlier this year, I really liked the opportunity to hear papers from students around our area. We had some absolutely fantastic discussions and I loved being able to discuss gender, post-colonial studies, Shakespeare and more with my peers from other NW colleges. Sadly, it was only a day long–I could have spent much longer talking with my fellow students and listening to their papers.

Later that evening, we celebrated my roommate, Annika’s, birthday. We’ve been friends for almost four years now! It’s crazy to think that we met at our first job on campus–Phonathon. She’s twenty-two now, so naturally we treated her to a rendition of T-Swift’s “22″. It was a lot of fun!

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Summer, Annika and I (R to L) before Annika’s party!

Then on Sunday, I got the chance to head up to Portland to go to another concert–RAC (Remix Artist Collective). This was one of the most energetic and fun shows I’ve ever been to! Joywave and Ghost Beach opened for RAC, I’d never heard of the two opening groups before this, but I enjoyed their music so much, I’m going to download their albums/EPs.

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RAC

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I haven’t danced this much in way too long!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As this semester is winding down, I’m also looking forward to graduation and having all of my family in one place. I’m really close to my family, and it’s been way too long since we’ve all been together.

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At my Dad’s Surprise Sixties Sixtieth Soiree!

 

Kyra: Spring Break and Sentimentality

I remember my very first spring break at Linfield–I took my friend, Annika, home with me, and we spent the day in Portland before heading off to see our families. Now, we’re roommates, share an apartment, and we’re graduating in what seems like just a few short weeks. It’s amazing look to look at myself then and see how far we’ve all come! College really changes you in unexpected ways–you expect the rigor, the newness of starting out on your own, the strange process of figuring out who you are etc. What I didn’t realize then, and am beginning to realize now, as I approach the conclusion of my undergraduate studies, is just how much these things are constantly in flux–and that’s what makes the college experience so valuable.

For my very last spring break here at Linfield, I split my week in two. I spent the majority of the week back home with my family, whom I haven’t been able to see in a while, and the second half with Robin, traveling up and down the coast. It was the perfect way to take a break from the chaos of my thesis and just enjoy March.

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My little sister and I! She’s a sophomore in college now, and just landed a lead in her school’s new play!

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My mom and I :)

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I went over to my Aunty Pam’s house and made malasadas! It’s a fried Portugese donut….so good!

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View from a veteran memorial park in Astoria, it turned out to be a beautiful day on the coast

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Robin and I at Seaside :)

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Being Indiana Jones is harder than it looks

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The long drive home!

 

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!!

Dana: Why I came to Linfield

Hello!

I am back from our Spring Break refreshed and hopefully smarter, ready to take on the final two months of school! Many people’s question for me when they come to visit Linfield, is why did you chose Linfield? What drew you in? Here is my answer, the full truth and the reality of having such a high expectation.

I valued the connection I had with my teachers all growing up, starting in elementary school going all the way through high school. I can pinpoint specific teachers that pushed me to my potential and made me a better student. Going to college, I wanted to continue that! I wanted to have a special connection with instructors; it was how I learned. I was attracted to Linfield, because the professor availability and connection with the students was obvious and clear when I came to visit. During this Spring Break I was talking to a dear friend, who is currently a student at UC Berkley, and he just loved hearing how some of my classes are set up. “Wait, you are actually graded on participating in discussion in class?” “Your professor begs and pleads you to come visit them during office hours?” YES! My answer is yes! Our professors truly want us to be successful and learn. While having that high expectation going into my first year at Linfield, it has only gotten better from there. Sometimes my favorite part of my day is going to class because of certain professors. They make class exciting, difficult but fair, and engaging. Some professors do not grade on attendance, yet some do not need to because everyone wants to be there. I honestly feel that way about my classes this semester, and feel so lucky to be at a college, where it is easy to be successful, not because it is easy. In no way is Linfield curriculum easy, in fact I’d argue the opposite. It is because the opportunity is viewed as a positive experience.

If you enjoy having a good relationship with your instructors, I’d highly reccomend checking out Linfield as one of your colleges!

Until Next Time,

Dana