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2015 First CLAS Leaders

Get to know the 2015 First CLAS Leaders!

Louie - Student Coordinator

 Louie Deraita

Hometown: Brookings, OR
Year: Senior
Major: Mass Communication & Studio Art

Favorite Quote: "Think you can, think you can't; either way you're right."

Linfield Groups & Activities:

  • Greek Life
  • First CLAS
  • Order of Omega
  • Linfield Days of Service

Why do you think first-year students should participate in the First CLAS program?:
"This program allows first year students to become leaders within the Linfield and McMinnville community while learning what it is like to be an active citizen and provide meaningful service."

What advice do you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"Don't blink or you'll miss it. These will be the most rewarding years of your life and they go by faster than you think. Seize every opportunity as it comes!"

Gabby - Group Leader 

 Gabby

Hometown: Snohomish, WA
Year: Junior
Majors: Anthropology Major
Minors: Biology & Psychology
Favorite Quote: “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." -Robert Frost
Linfield Groups & Activities

  • WIN (Wildcat Intercultural Network) Mentor
  • Student Financial Aid Office Assistant
  • First CLAS

Why do you think first year students should participate in the First CLAS program?:
"I think this program is important for first year students because moving to college is difficult. FirstCLAS is a great program to allow students to get involved within the community they are now apart of, become comfortable in their new home, help with real life issues in the area, and create friendships that can potentially last a life time. After a week with current Linfield students, incoming freshman will be ready to help lead Linfield with the support they've gained from their peers, and all of the team."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"Be open to change. I came in to Linfield with an eight year plan, and idea of what everything was going to be and how everything was going to work, and I can honestly tell you that maybe one of those things actully happened as planned. College, and especially Linfield will provide numerous opportunities that allow you to grow as an individual. Embrace them! Find your true interests and passions and then go with it."

Gabi ("Gah-be") - Group Leader

 Gabi Gonzalez

Hometown: Independence, OR
Year: Senior
Majors: Anthropology
Minor: Creative Writing
Favorite Quote(s): "Life is the longest thing any one of us will ever experience."
Linfield Groups & Activities:

  • Greenfield
  • Fusion
  • Resident Advisor (RA)
  • Change Corps
  • Dillon Employee

Why should first-year students participate in the First CLAS program?:
"Because it is an amazing opportunity for an individual to get comfortable with the campus, being away from home, and learning their leadership styles and their strengths. As well as a great environment for students to meet new friends so that first day they do not feel alone."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"Don't get bogged down with all the demands of the world. School, academics, social lives, jobs, it all is very important, but sometimes you just need to take time for yourself. Read a good book, dance by yourself with the music blasting, take a long drive in the countryside. Just take a deep breath, you know, enjoy this life you've been given."

 

Shelby- Group Leader

 

Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Year: Sophomore
Major: Mass Communication

Favorite Quote: "It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you are ready. I have this feeling that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now." -Hugh Laurie
Linfield Groups & Activities:

  • Greek life
  • Circle K
  • ASLC Senate
  • Office of Admissions Student Employment
  • First CLAS Participant 2014

Why do you think first year students should participate in the First CLAS program?:
"It is the perfect way to dive right into your first year of college! Participants not only get the opportunity to become more comfortable with their new surroundings, but they also get the chance to see how they can connect to the community and how they can continue leading and serving throughout their years at Linfield."


What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?
:
"Get involved! I whole-heartedly believe that the more involved you are, the better your experience will be. This is the time you have to try new things, meet new people and figure out more about who you are and what you want out of life. There is something for everyone at this school and finding your niche here will help you grow and learn more than anything."

 

Caitlyn  - Group Leader 

 

Hometown: Oregon City, OR
Year: Sophomore
Major: Nursing
Minors: Media Studies & Studio Art (double minor)

Favorite Quote: “Live the life you love."

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • VP of Hip Hop Club
  • RHLA Hall President
  • Nursing Club
  • Hawaiian Club
  • Greek Life

Why should first-year students participate in the First CLAS Program?:
"It is a great opportunity to meet new people and get a feel for the school. It allows you to get comfortable with your surroundings and have friends to go to before school even starts."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"Get involved with many things, but do not overdo it. Getting involved can really make your Linfield experience the best. There are so many clubs and organizations for everyone to get involved with and meet people with similar interests."

Deizhanna  - Group Leader

Hometown: Ewa Beach, HI
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Favorite Quote: "The best way to fine yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." -Mahatma Gandhi

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • First CLAS participant 2013
  • Change Corps
  • WIN Mentoring Program
  • Hawaiian Club
  • Circle K
  • Asian American Alliance

Why should first-year students participate in the First CLAS Program?:
"I think first year students should participate in the program because it's a great opportunity for them to get to know, and serve both the Linfield and McMinnville community. It's also a great way to ease their transition into being a college student."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"Advice that I have for incoming students is that they shouldn't be afraid to step out of their comfort zones to try new things/activities. Because even if you didn't do well in the activity, or you just didn't like what you tried, you'll still grow and learn from the experience. "

Kelly  - Group Leader

Hometown: Redmond, OR
Year: Sophomore
Major: Anthropology
Favorite Quote: ""After every storm, there is a rainbow."

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Greek Life
  • Change Corps
  • WIN Mentoring Program
Why should first-year students participate in the First CLAS Program?:
"First CLAS is an amazing program to be a part of because you get to meet a lot of people with similar inserests as you, and maybe some good friends with them. You can also learn more about your community outside of Linfield and that is pretty cool. Lastly, you get to have a lot of fun while doing some amazing community service projects."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"I say have fun, enjoy it, don't be shy, and try new things. College is super fun and there is a lot to do, but also remember to manage you're time because school is important too, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you do not understand something. Students, tutors, and professors are more than happy to help if you ask them. "

Garrett  - Group Leader

Hometown: Boise, ID
Year: Sophomore
Major: International Relations
Minor: Spanish & Economics
Favorite Quote: Winning isn't everything, but it beats anything that comes in second."- Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • FCA
  • Linfield Baseball
Why should first-year students participate in the First CLAS Program?:
"They should participate in the First CLAS program because it eases the transition into college as well as the participants will have about 60ish new friends before classes even start. The program is fun, builds teamwork, and teaches the participants ways that they may to pro active in society."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"Labels are for products, know your worth and no one can ever take that away from you, as well as college is a time to take a step out of your comfort zone and try new things. If you're not comfortable, try one step at a time, not huge lunges out of your comfort zone."


Kyler  - Group Leader

Hometown: West Linn, OR
Year: Sophomore
Major: Finance
Minor: Management
Favorite Quote: "Knock yourself out."

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • First CLAS participant 2014

Why should first-year students participate in the First CLAS Program?:
"I think First CLAS is fantastic for getting first year students more confidence in getting to meet new people in a new place. By the end of First CLAS, I was much more comfortable talking to people compared to the beginning of the program. I also knew a lot more about the town of McMinnville."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"Enjoy First CLAS, the orientation weekend, and the first days of classes because everyone is on square one and friendly with each other. Take advantage of this and get to know people. Keep active with everything and participate in literally every event, even if it necessarily click with you. You might not participate in a lot of clubs or Greek Life but over time you're going to find your niche, and if you do this, you'll have a solid group of friends by the end of the semester just by meeting people at these events who have similar interests as you. Also, keep your dorm room open and walk in other's open doors to introduce yourself. Everyone will be happy to meet you at first, I swear."


Vanessa - Assistant Leader

 Hometown: Escondido, CA
Year: Sophomore
Majors: International Relation & Spanish

Favorite Quote: “Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it”- Vincent Van Goh
Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Circle K International

Why should first-year students participate in the First CLAS Program?:
"I think first year students should participate in the program because it helps with making the transition into college much easier. It also allows first year students to make friends and help them create a group where they feel comfortable before they actually start college."

 

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"I would just say that they should come in with an open mind and try to do thing that might not be in their comfort zone but to do them anyway if they feel like they would gain something out of it. College isn't what the stereotype is so to just take things as they go. "

 

Raisa- Assistant Leader

Hometown: Hillsboro, OR
Year: Sophomore
Majors: Marketing

Favorite Quote: "If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." - Sirius Black
Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Fusion
  • Harry Potter & Quidditch Society
  • Theatre

Why should first-year students participate in the First CLAS Program?:
"I think first year students should participate in First CLAS because they are able to settle into the Linfield campus in a less stressful setting while also doing productive community service."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"As a first year you should discover your passion at Linfield and get involved with that as much as you can while balancing your academics. College won't seem worth it if you're not also doing things you enjoy."