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Linfield gives interviewing advice

The interviewing process can be one of the most terrifying parts of finding a job. You may have all the necessary qualifications, but if you can’t articulate exactly why you’d be the perfect for a job, it is a little difficult for the employer to take you seriously.

The Career Development Center here at Linfield has various tips to help with the interviewing process. It also conduct mock interviews for students in its office and send out newsletters to help with anything career-related. You can visit www.linfield.edu/career.html for more information.

Preparation before the interview is incredibly important. You can’t show up to an interview not knowing what position you’re applying for and what this position entails. The Career Development Center has a handy brochure on interviewing tips such as “Practice your firm handshake” and “Research the company and know responses to commonly asked questions.” Though personality plays a huge role in what position fits you the most, the key to making a good first impression is also professionalism in appearance.

“The right clothing reflects your respect for the interviewer and company. Start your interview strong with a well-prepared elevator pitch, which answers the ‘tell me about yourself’ question,” said student assistant Ben Berthold in the November issue of the Career Center’s November 2013 newsletter.

The interview itself is the point where many, even the most prepared, could possibly falter. Confidence is key during an interview. In the November/December 2012 newsletter, Berthold advises students to be honest within their interviews even during the dreaded question all interviewees have to face, “What is your weakness?”

“With the right wording, you can turn a negative statement into a positive one. To answer, give an example about a skill you may not have had in a past experience, but that you worked hard to improve on — just to show them that your approach is a serious one, and that you like to grow when faced with challenges,” Student assistant Aparna Parasarthy said in the October 2013 newsletter.

At the same time, the Career Development Center’s brochure on interviewing mentions that the interviewer shouldn’t be the only one asking questions. You should have a few questions of your own prepared for the interviewer, hopefully prepared from when you researched the employer.

As the interview finishes, there is still time to make first impressions. The brochure advises students to give the interviewer a firm handshake and make eye contact. Body language is a good thing to focus on during and after the interview. It also advises to write a thank you letter. Employers want to know that their time has been appreciated. After you’ve left, remember to jot down a few notes from the interview. It’d be a good thing to remember what was discussed.

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Gilberto Galvez can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

Change Corps: Alternative Spring Break reminds students of the world beyond Linfield

Linfield stresses a good relationship between students and the community that’s around us, not just the college community but the McMinnville community and even further. The Change Corps organized Alternative Spring Break aims to connect students to the world beyond Linfield. During Spring Break, students went on three different trips from Salem, Ore. to Oakland, Calif.

Sofia Webster, student director of Alternative Spring Break, organized the event with the group leaders. Sophomore Jasmine Libert, service coordinator of the hunger and homelessness awareness group, traveled to Salem to volunteer with and learn about the homeless in the city. Senior Linnaea Funk, service coordinator of youth empowerment and literacy, traveled to Oakland, Calif. with her group to volunteer with The Boys and Girls Club, teaching children how to read and showing them a life beyond theirs. Senior Kaleigh Ansdell led the Linfield Green Outreach group. She worked with several different sites to promote green living.

“The process is finding what groups properly accept our service-learning approach,” Webster said on picking a site for a trip. Change Corps service-learning approach involves students becoming involved with where they are volunteering. It wasn’t only about finishing the job they were given but being able to understand just how what they did affected people they worked with.

“Participants plan for months to go on these trips. They learn about the organizations they are serving, the social need surrounding the issue, and talk about how their daily lives are also affected by the social issue.  We help make the experience personal,” Interim Director for Community Engagement and Service, Joni Tonn said.

Each of the trips had its own way of making the experience personal. Webster and Libert were able to find various programs in Salem that would allow them not only to help but to understand who they were helping and exactly what their help was accomplishing.

Funk and her group learned the same about their volunteer work in Oakland.

“[They] immers[ed] themselves in the communities in Oakland, having students give [the children] a more positive understanding about what their possibilities in life are,” Webster said.

“I felt like I was really using my break to make a difference in the world, and I was able to go into the communities that needed our help and people not to come in and fix it but just help them,” freshman Alyssa Kaplan said about her experience in Oakland.

Out of the three, Ansdell’s group involved more of the outdoors.

“They worked at several different sites, starting at Camp Westwind. They cleaned out an enormous compost structure. They came back to campus and worked at the Homestead, an urban [community supported agriculture program],” Webster said. Andsell’s group also worked in the Linfield Garden.

Webster’s experience with Alternative Spring Break last year was the reason she applied to become the Alternative Spring Break’s student director.

“I actually did the program that went to Colorado last year. That inspired me to start getting heavily involved with Linfield in general,” Webster said.

Other students like Kaplan are barely starting their time at Linfield, but she has already been inspired by this experience.

“I’ll definitely do it again. I’m thinking about applying for Change Corps next year,” Kaplan said.

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Gilberto Galvez can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

Movie inspires athlete to pursue lacrosse

Sports have been a part of junior lacrosse player Chas Tittle’s life for a long time. She played basketball, lacrosse, and ran cross country and track during high school in Mililani, Hawaii. The sport she stuck with was lacrosse, which she started playing because of her favorite movie in sixth grade, Cheaper by the Dozen.

“I was very obsessed with that movie. In the movie one of the characters had a lacrosse stick and I had no idea what lacrosse was,” Tittle said.

Tittle’s father saw signs around town calling for lacrosse players.

“I decided to keep playing because I enjoyed it a lot and it was a fun sport,” Tittle said. “It keeps me active and I have made a lot of friends from it here at Linfield.”

When looking for a college, Tittle actually searched for schools that had women’s lacrosse teams.

“I came to Linfield to major in Nursing and to play lacrosse. While looking for colleges that had women’s lacrosse as a D3 sport, I found Linfield and decided to come here,” Tittle said.

Playing lacrosse helps Tittle relieve stress, but she also enjoys playing the sport with her teammates.

“I’m just really happy that I am able to play in college,” Tittle said. “The highlight of my college lacrosse career is being able to play with my teammates, starting every game, scoring a few goals, and improving on my skills.”

She also excited about the improvement of the rest of the team.

“Although this season has been a little rough, winning wise, I’m very proud of my teammates,” Tittle said. “There are quite a few girls on the team who have never played before and I’m so proud of how hard they work and how much they’ve improved. I would say that I just feel proud of my team because we work so hard to improve and we maintain a positive attitude. This season has been great for us because I can see that as a developing team we have made a lot of improvements.”

The season hasn’t been going too well on the numbers side for the lacrosse team, but beyond that, Tittle is proud of the work all of her teammates have put into it. The last two games this week ended in losses for the Wildcats. Linfield lost to Pacific University 19-6 (0-7) on March 18. Linfield lost to Clairemont McKenna College 19-3 (0-8) on March 20.

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Linfield through #Instagram

Linfield students used the hashtag #linfieldlifetlr in an attempt to get their photos in The Linfield Review.

“#vscocam #linfieldlifetlr”

Photo courtesy of @pitcher4life22

“What team? Wildcats! #ShortestWildcatEver #PiRun #FearTheCat

#linfieldlifetlr”

Photo courtesy of @angelicagmart

“#marilynmonroe #laugh #quote #streetart #linfieldlifetlr”

Photo courtesy of @rrosaajohnsonn

“The sun (and the wildcat gear) make Mondays better! #linfieldlifetlr”

Photo courtesy of @bella_dicaprio

“The squirrels like the sun here too! #keepitdown #imtryingtonap #linfieldlifetlr”

Photo courtesy of @rosboroughace94

“Spent my afternoon volunteering at the Pi Day Run! I had a ton a fun taking pictures and just being in the sun all day:) #linfieldlifetlr”

Photo courtesy of @dkayaabad

“Having a McMinnville afternoon with my roomie! #serendipity #3rdstreet #mcminnville #linfieldlifetlr @sovanessaa”

Photo courtesy of @sigvorkristine

“#linfieldlifetlr #noeditting”

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“Since mahaffey doesn’t have a study room for third floor I decided to use the elevator #linfieldlifetlr #linfieldcollege”

Photo courtesy of @hector_cruz19

Compiled by Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

National Women’s History Month: Outstanding woman teaches and learns

You can find outstanding women around all of Linfield, and for Women’s History Month Amy Bumatai, intern at the multicultural programs, sent out a call for nominations. Delane Hein, area director for community standards, received a large part of those nominations.

Hein has worked at Linfield for 14 years, but before that she worked as a Special Education teacher and also taught in Ecuador and East Africa.

“Some of the most meaningful [work] was when I was doing work with women and Ecuador and mostly in Kenya and East Africa. Those were just really meaningful times and really shaped how I viewed the world,” Hein said.

Her work focused on the empowerment of women. Hein described the empowerment of women as, “Helping them understand their own values and their own gifts.”

“I learned so much about what is the universality of being a woman,” Hein said.

She noticed that women here and women in other countries could have the same hopes and dreams for their children and for themselves.

Hein brings everything she learned abroad to Linfield. Instead of working with women solely, she works with youth, but she sees that being just as special.

“Every big change comes from youth, and that is why it’s so fun to be here and watch that happen. And we need a lot of change. I believe that with all my heart,” Hein said.

Hein sees change especially in some of the African villages she worked with, but she also sees a lot of room for change whenever she visits.

“They have cellphones, but they may not have clean water. We need more encompassing values to learn how to live in a global community,” Hein said.

There is definitely change, though. Hein points to the stress that so many Linfield students and young people everywhere feel trying to keep up.

“We’re changing so fast. We can’t even catch our breath,” Hein said. Hein has some advice for younger women following their dreams.

“You have to be your true self, and don’t do it alone. We aren’t alone. And do it with love. It changes more,” Hein said.

Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

Gilberto Galvez can be reached at

linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

This painting hangs in Hein’s office. She worked for a few years in an African village, spreading education and learning people’s stories.

Delane Hein, area director for community standards, lives on campus and is one of the few in charge of resident advisors.

A string of elephants hang by the window of Hein’s office. Hein worked with women in Ecuador and in East Africa.

The corkboard hangs over Hein’s desk. On it are various
souvenirs from students or ones she has gotten on her own.

All photos by Rosa Johnson/Copy editor