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2013 First CLAS Leaders

Get to know the 2013 First CLAS Leaders a little bit better!

Ashlee Carlson - Co-Coordinator

Hometown: Palmer, AK
Year: Senior
Majors: Economics & Business

Favorite Quote: "You only learn your limits by going beyond them."

Linfield Groups & Activities:

  • WIN Mentor
  • Multicultural Programs student worker
  • Change Corps 2011-2013
  • Alternative Spring Break

Why do you think first-year students should participate in the First CLAS Program?: "Transitioning to college is an experience in and of itself; there's a lot to be learned and gained from the experience. First CLAS enhances that transition with resources and tools to help students get the most out of college, specifically through a focus on service-learning and leadership."

What advice do you have for incoming Linfield students?: "Be open to new ideas and experiences - get the most out of your first year to decide what you want to do in the rest of your college career."

Shelby Hollenbeck - Group Leader 

Hometown: Gresham, OR
Year: Senior
Majors: International Relations & Environmental Science

Favorite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” -Nelson Mandella

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Change Corps (2011-12, 2013-14)
  • Native American Student Association
  • Outdoors Club
  • Multicultural Programs Office
  • WIN (Wildcat Intercultural Network) Mentoring

What is one of your favorite memories or experiences at Linfield?: "One of my favorite experiences that I have had at Linfield College was Alternative Spring Break. I went to New Orleans to do habitat rehabilitation with Common Ground Relief with 9 fellow Linfield students and 2 staff members. This was one of the most amazing and fun weeks that I have ever had. It was rewarding beyond belief and I formed new lasting relationships with peers and made memories that I will never forget. I have participated in many service activities but nothing can compare to ASB and the difference I feel that we made in New Orleans that spring break."

What are you looking forward to most for the 2013 First CLAS Program?: "I am looking forward to meeting an amazing group of incoming students and learning their stories, passions, and who they are. I am excited to pass on my knowledge and passion to them and guide them in any way I can. I cannot wait to have a new group of peers to become friends with."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?: "Who you were does not have to define who you are in college. Be who you want to be, it is a fresh start to become involved and make amazing relationships with peers. Do not sit out; participate and be active and your college experience will be great. Get involved early! Find the things you love to do and surround yourself with people that are the same.  Do not be afraid to try new things in college and do not be afraid to hang out with all kinds of people."

Holli Brouillette - Group Leader

Hometown: Central Point, OR
Year: Junior
Major: Anthropology

Favorite Quote: "Not all who wander are lost." -JRR Tolkein

Linfield Groups & Activities
:

  • Residence Life
  • Circle K
  • Admissions Office
  • Lambda Alpha (National Anthropological Honor Society)
  • First CLAS participant 2011

Why should first-year students participate in the First CLAS Program?: "It's a great opportunity to get involved in the community and learn more about leadership. Coming to school early for this program helps you meet new people and learn new and exciting things before school event starts."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?
: "This is a new place. Be yourself because people will love you for it and you will find how happy and wonderful being yourself can be." 


Joel Trousdale - Group Leader

Hometown: Hillsboro, OR
Year: Junior
Majors: Spanish & International Relations

Favorite Quote: "We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children." -Native American Proverb

Linfield Groups & Activities:

  • Varsity Tennis
  • FCA
  • Student Athletic Advisory Committee
  • Alternative Spring Break 2012 & 2013
  • First CLAS Participant 2011
  • First CLAS Leader 2012

What is one of your favorite memories or experiences at Linfield?: "Honestly, one of my favorite memories was First CLAS. I made a lot of great friends and really challenged myself. After it was over, I felt accomplished and felt like I could really get involved in the community."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?: "Try different things and step out of your comfort zone. Now is the time to experience new things, so try everything you can and you may be surprised where that leads you."

Nicole Kachel - Group Leader

Hometown: Albany, OR
Year: Sophomore
Major: Nursing
Minor: Environmental Studies

Favorite Quote: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those that mind don't matter and those that matter don't mind." -Dr. Suess

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Pres-Nursing Club
  • Outdoor Club
  • First CLAS Participant 2012
  • Days of Service
  • Office of Career Development
  • Study Abroad - Norway SP14

Why should first-year students participate in the First CLAS Program?: "First CLAS is an incredible chance to be exposed to the community you will be living in, meet peers from diverse backgrounds, make an impact through service, and grow as a leader. It doesn't get any better than that!"

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?
: "Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life! The secret to succeeding in college is...there is no secret. You have to get motivated and get to work. It isn't easy, but it isn't impossible either. Use the resources available to you, ask questions, and be active in your learning process."

Terran Sobel Smith - Group Leader 

Hometown: Canby, OR
Year: Junior
Majors: Philosophy & Biology

Favorite Quote: "It's all about how you look at it." -ASB Mission: Wolf 2013

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Circle K
  • Kids on the Block
  • ASB 2012 & 2013
  • Days of Service

What are you looking forward to most for the 2013 First CLAS Program?: "Meeting a new group of friends and being able to talk and have fun with people for a whole week without the stress of classes."

What advice do you have for incoming Linfield students?: "It's not about fitting in, it's about finding the right fit." 

Kaitlyn Bruno - Co-Leader

Hometown: Edgewood, WA
Year: Senior
Majors: Political Science & Communication Arts

Favorite Quote: "You have to go whole-heartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having." -Frank Lloyd Wright

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Greek Life
  • Forensics
  • SAGE
  • Young Life
  • First CLAS Participant 2011

What is one of your favorite memories or experiences at Linfield?: "There are too many to just pick one! A few of my favorites are bid day for my sorority and meeting all my new sisters. Football season watching our team dominate every game. Also, studying abroad last January in Italy."

Why do you think first-year students should participate in the First CLAS Program?: "It's a great way to build a community with the other participants and become involved in the area."

What advice do you have for incoming Linfield students?: "Don't be afraid to try something new out of your comfort zone. Your time here goes by so fast you don't want to miss out on anything."

Louie Deraita - Co-Leader 

Hometown: Brookings, OR
Year: Sophomore
Major: Creative Writing
Minors: Media Studies & Studio Art

Favorite Quote: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” –Jimi Hendrix

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Greek Life - Alpha Phi
  • Intramural Soccer
  • Days of Service
  • First CLAS Participant 2012