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CrossFit Freshman is youngest to hold training title

Freshman Zach Knight became the youngest certified CrossFit trainer in June. CrossFit is a sport that has recently risen in popularity.

“[It’s] a community of people doing group exercise to achieve the healthiest and fittest possible lifestyle,” Knight said.

Knight started his CrossFit career in June 2012 after interning at TJ’s Gym in Mill Valley, Calif. Before then, he had an interest in various other sports including baseball, basketball and cross country, but CrossFit was a whole different experience.

Through his internship at the gym Knight realized that he wanted to become a certified CrossFit trainer. His coach and owner of the Mill Valley gym, Marcus Filly, helped Knight realize his goal, and at 17 years old, Knight received his CrossFit trainer certification.

“The average age [of a certified CrossFit trainer] is mid- to upper-30s,” Knight said. “Very few people get certified young.”

Knight is proud of his accomplishment.

“I haven’t been able to do much with it yet,” Knight said, “but it’s pretty cool.”

Knight applied to the two-day seminar at which he would receive his CrossFit trainer certificate once he realized he did not have to be 18 to become certified. He’d already been helping as an intern at TJ’s Gym, shadowing others as they went through their workouts, and he saw becoming certified as a way to better understand CrossFit philosophy and techniques. The seminar Knight attended was held by NorCal CrossFit in San Jose, Calif.

“You go down to one of the specified gyms and get taught by a number of these specially certified instructors,” Knight said. “The way is to teach all the basic movements, the ideology behind CrossFit and programming, along with diet and basically all the things you can do with CrossFit.”

Knight surprised many of the participants in the seminar when he told them how young he was.

“I was the youngest by about 15 years, which was something funny I noticed,” Knight said. “We did two workouts, one each day as a group, and I won one of the workouts, which is something. It was a really fun experience. I learned a lot. I enjoyed every minute.”

None of the participants that Knight trained with had heard of a person becoming a certified CrossFit trainer at 17.

“I did some research into it afterward, and no one else had,” Knight said.

At Linfield, Knight plans to major in business. He originally thought about majoring in athletic training or something athletically oriented.

“I thought I’d bring something else to the table by doing something different,” Knight said.

Knight has also considered visiting the CrossFit gym in McMinnville or starting a CrossFit club. CrossFit is something he definitely sees himself doing and teaching in the future.

Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

Gilberto Galvez can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

Common reading essay is merely busy work

I can appreciate the effort and the idea behind it, but in the end, the common reading essay assignment given to freshmen by their colloquium professors was merely busy work.

The Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement is a wonderful idea and it meshes perfectly with the philosophies of interconnectedness behind a liberal arts education.

I am not critiquing it.

However, I do believe that with a theme of such importance like “Legacies of War,” student engagement with PLACE should have been more meaningful than an off-handedly written essay.

The idea behind the essay was to relate the book the freshmen class read during the summer, “Thieves of Baghdad” by Mathew Bogdanos to our Linfield curriculum or “LCs.”

My colloquium professor asked for a minimum of two LCs relations.

The idea behind the essay in and of itself is well thought out and of academic value.

However, in practice, the essay lost its value.

The common reading essay guidelines for most freshmen fell somewhere between a page and a half double-spaced and an 800 word maximum.

Or in other words, the essay was very easy to sit down and just rattle off a page and a half and call it good.

Which is the case for myself along with most people that were required to write it.

There is both good and bad in that.

It is true that many freshmen are already experiencing a collegiate level workload.

With mounting daily obligations, it was quite nice to have low requirements for the essay that did not take long to write.

But what did freshman take away from the essay?

By accommodating freshmen schedules to the extent that it did, the common reading essay was stripped of any real need for in depth evaluation.

Merely keystrokes, not engaged assessments.

Even if the idea behind the common reading essay was of academic value, I do not believe that the worthiness of the idea transferred to the assignment and there is no reason to assign busy work.

So scrap the assignment and keep the idea.

Perhaps a worksheet to be done in class where students must relate “Thieves of Baghdad” to every LC in a few sentences would preserve the idea and engage students more.

To be graded, of course.

I believe that almost any in class assignment, for this particular case would have been more prudent.

Students tend to stay more focused under the eyes of their professors and particularly their peers, if there are competing ideas.

Based upon my experience with “Thieves of Baghdad” over the summer and colloquium over the last several weeks, I would have preferred to discuss the book as a class and then have a follow up worksheet where I could express my own ideas for my professor.

Ryan Morgan / Senior reporter

Ryan Morgan can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.


Tips for Surviving Freshman Year

News flash:

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You are going to be treated like an adult, so you might as well act like it. Seeing a student get mad at a professor when they will not let them turn in an assignment late or lowers their grade for consistently skipping classes. Although, most Linfield educators are friendly and, generally, tend to care about their students’ well-being, it is not their job to hold your hand and make sure you do your assignments. Do not senselessly hate on a professor because they expect you to meet the requirements of the class. Do not think that you are some sort of special snowflake that can turn in work and show up to class whenever you feel like it. Surprisingly, professors actually know what they are doing and definitely know more about life than you do. Stay classy and do not start a blood feud with a professor that gave you a poor grade on a poorly done essay.

Call your mama

or whoever cherished you as a small child, on a regular basis. They love and miss you and want to make sure that you are eating and not getting herpes. You would be surprised how happy it will make your parents if you call them out of the blue, do not end the conversation asking for money. This rule does not only apply to freshman, but to everyone.

Take a “fun” class

College is four years of your life, which is a lot of time and a lot of classes. Of course, it is always important to focus on your major and minor, but it is Headshot 2also important to branch out. The entire point of a liberal arts college is being able to explore the different realms of subjects that exist. Consider taking a class on the sole basis that it sounds fun. So what if the class is not a major requirement or a part of the Linfield Curriculum requirements? College is your time and your life so you should be trying to enjoy it, at least a little bit. The worse thing that could happen is that you really do not care about poetry. The best thing that could happen is that you could unlock a hidden talent for painting and become the next Van Gogh. No one should be taking 16 credits of difficult classes that keep them up at night. Learning is important, but so is enjoying what you learn about.

Don’t over extend yourself.

So, you just pledged to join a sorority or a fraternity? Plus you work ten hours a week on top of a full credit load? And you signed up for several clubs? Spoiler alert: you are going to burn out. Having a social life and hobbies is awesome, but there is nothing wrong with getting into pajamas at four in the afternoon and having a quiet evening in. So, always leave time in your weekly schedule to relax because you will need the time to breathe as the semester goes on and the workload grows. There is so much to do at Linfield, both academically and socially, but it is impossible to do it all and keep your sanity. Try taking one or two evenings a week to do nothing. Catch up on your favorite Netflix series and get a good night’s rest. Your body and your soul will thank you for the break.

Take notes like your life depends on it.

The biggest lie ever to one’s self during an hour and a half lecture on a subject that one was supposed to read about, but did not, is “I will remember Headshot 3it.” Write down everything. If the professor took the time to add it onto a powerpoint or takes the breath to mention it during class, chances are, it is important. Furthermore, after fifteen weeks of monotonous lectures and attempting to “remember it,” you will not remember anything, especially during finals week when you’re trying to remember (or learn) a semester’s worth of knowledge. Fall semester of freshman year is the time to learn how to learn in college. Set up solid study habits now because later will most likely be too late. Although it is not true for all classes, it is generally a solid rule of thumb to keep, and cherish, a course’s syllabus. Many syllabi, especially the eight-paged heifers, include exam dates, reading lists, office hours, and pretty much anything else you might need to know.

Treat yo’ self.

Linfield classes expect a lot of hard work from their students and as the semester goes on, the work will only get harder and more infuriating. This means, that breaks and treats are completely justifiable and necessary to success. Reward yourself for surviving a test or a particularly rough day. Grab a treat from the new Starbucks in between classes or, if your style is more ‘go big or go home’, pig out on your favorite fast food meal without caring about the excessive amount of calories. School is hard and life is hard. Sometimes a brownie or a burger or a manicure or a milkshake will make life a little less hard. Most importantly, never feel guilty about a treat. Remember: you are a beautiful human being that works hard and deserves nice things for your efforts, be it writing an essay of simply Headshot 4getting out of bed. However, this does not necessarily mean testing your liver’s limits every weekends. No one wants to be the person that has thrown up in the dorm hallways more times than is socially acceptable.

Let high school go.

Congratulations, you make it through high school and have matriculated onto something grander and way more expensive. The worst thing anyone can ever do ever is not letting the past be the past. Do not stay hung up on the kids you went to high school with, especially if you are never going to see them again. Go ahead and change who you were in high school if you want to. No one here knows about what a dork you were. Never compare your life to someone you once knew. It does not matter if someone else has a better GPA than you or is seemingly more active in their college years than you. Focus on your life. The one exception to this rule is Facebook stalking people that used to be mean to you from time to time and saying, “Well, at least I’m not pregnant.” Furthermore, and this may sound brutal, if you have a significant other that you went to high school with, who may still go to high school, chances are it is not going to work out. One, or both of you will find someone new and more exciting. Sometime during the semester, or possibly the next month, you will realize that your promise ring does not mean squat. If you feel like someone from your past is tying you down then let you go because you do not need negativity in your life.

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Freshman golfer stands high early in season

Finishing in the top 10 in the Northwest Conference Fall Classic would be a great accomplishment for any female golfer, especially for a freshman. But Maggie Harlow did just that for the Wildcats at the 2012 edition of the tournament.

Harlow, joined her older brother, senior Jordan Harlow, at Linfield after four years at Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Ore., where she competed in golf, basketball and soccer.

Freshman Maggie Harlow led the Wildcats’ golf team during the fall with an average round of 87.1 strokes. Harlow will compete at the Pacific University Invitational starting March 9 and 10. The event is held at the Reserve Vineyards and  Golf Club in Aloha, Ore. Joel Ray/Senior photographer

Freshman Maggie Harlow led the Wildcats’ golf team during the fall with an average round of 87.1 strokes. Harlow will compete at the Pacific University Invitational starting March 9 and 10. The event is held at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Ore.
Joel Ray/Senior photographer

An elementary education major, Harlow was able to become familiar with classes and life at Linfield during the fall.

“I was already pretty familiar with Linfield because of Jordan,” Harlow said. “I really like it here. I like the small class sizes.”

Not long into her first semester, Harlow’s golf season began, where she joined the other Linfield golfers.

“I love the coach [Brynn Hurdus],” Harlow said. “It’s fun to be in a competitive setting.”

Harlow started off the fall season decently, finishing in the middle of the pack in both of her first two tournaments.

But when the Linfield Classic came to Michelbook Country Club, Harlow’s game turned up a notch. The freshman placed first in the dual tournament versus Corban College, shooting an 81.

“My best tournament was at Michelbook,” Harlow said.

Playing great golf, Harlow was able to place 10th at the NWC Fall Classic, shooting 170 during the two rounds. Her play, along with junior Alexandria Smith’s, led the Wildcats to a fifth place finish in the eight-team tournament.

“I was happy with being in the top 10 in the conference tournament,” Harlow said. “I want to get better in the spring.”

Taking the winter off, Harlow started the spring season March 3. Going into this season, Harlow has some personal and team goals.

“I want to be more consistent,” Harlow said. “I would like to shoot in the low 80s and even break 80. I would like to place better in the Spring Classic, and I hope the team places third.”

Harlow has already started her spring campaign at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational. Harlow tied for sixth at the one day tournament.

The Wildcats continue their season at the Pacific Invitational on March 9 and 10.


Chris Haddeland/ Senior reporter

Chris Haddeland can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.