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2014 First CLAS Leaders

Get to know the 2014 First CLAS Leaders!

Nicole - Student Coordinator


Hometown: Albany, OR
Year: Junior
Major: Nursing

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. Seuss

Linfield Groups & Activities:

  • Wildcat Intercultural Network (WIN) Mentoring
  • Service Days volunteer via Change Corps
  • Catholic Campus Ministry
  • Pre-Nursing Club
  • IM Soccer
  • Office of Career Development student employee
  • Anatomy Lab Teaching Assistant
  • Study Abroad (Norway-Outdoor Life Program)
  • Portland Campus ASLC (student government) Community Service and Engagement Program Chair
  • First CLAS participant 2012
  • First CLAS Group Leader 2013

Why do you think first-year students should participate in the First CLAS program?:
"Start college orientation off with your feet under you! You will have already had a week to get acclimated to the campus and to McMinnville. Here is a great chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself and benefit the McMinnville community through your actions. This program wouldn't be possible without our first-year participants! First CLAS is a unique opportunity to connect to your fellow cohort, leaders, and the community through service, leadership, and action. This program enables you to discover and build upon your interests and abilities while having a lot of fun along the way!"

What advice do you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"Don't stress too much; the time will pass anyway. Remember that there will ALWAYS be someone willing to help you out when you need it. Take advantagne of all the resources Linfield offers. Your leaders care about you a TON and we've been through freshman year too! Though no two experiences are the same, we will do our best to share our knowledge and tips with you. "

Cruz - Group Leader 


Hometown: Homer, AK
Year: Sophomore
Majors: Anthropology and International Relations (double major)

Favorite Quote: “It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.” -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Greek Life
  • Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honor Society
  • Dance
  • Office of Admissions student employee
  • Special Events Coordinator for the Linfield Activities Board (LAB) 2014-2015
  • Campus Planning and Budget Committee member
  • First CLAS participant 2013

Why do you think first year students should participate in the First CLAS program?:
"I think that first year students should participate in First CLAS because it allows students to explore campus early but also make connections with people and community partners that they probably wouldn't receive if they didn't participate. It's a great motivator."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"Some advice of mine would be to experience things you normally wouldn't. Get involved in as much as you can."

Gabi ("Gah-be") - Group Leader


Hometown: Independence, OR
Year: Junior
Majors: Anthropology and Creative Writing (double major)

Favorite Quote(s): "I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone's heart. I could hear the human noises we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark." -Raymond Carver
"Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read." -Raymond Carver
Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Greenfield
  • Fusion
  • Alternative Spring Break participant 2013
  • Resident Advisor (RA)
  • Lambda Alpha (National Anthropological Honor Society)
  • First CLAS participant 2012

Why should first-year students participate in the First CLAS program?:
"  I did First CLAS my freshman year and I was just terrified of the social aspects of college. I thought I would do fine because during senior year of high school I really grew as a person, but I was still so nervous that I would be that lame freshman wondering around not knowing where anything was. However, my mentor encouraged me to apply to First CLAS and it was the best decision. I was able to immediately get involved on campus, get to know Mac more than I probably would have tried to the first few months, and made some really good friends with both the upperclassmen and the other participants that I still talk with to this day. (Also, it really puts you ahead of the rest of the freshman and I can be competitive, so that was awesome.)"

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?
" Fear is a state of mind, not a state of being. Don't listen to everyone's ideas of how these next four years should go: be you and do what you want. But try to get some experience under those belts--have dance parties in your room with friends, sing at the top of your lungs, eat a lot of ice cream, dress how you want, read five books in a day, skip a test to go on a road trip. Have some fun is what I'm really saying; enjoy life.

Gabby - Group Leader


Hometown: Snohomish, WA
Year: Sophomore
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Psychology 

Favorite Quote: "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." -Winston Churchill

Linfield Groups & Activities:

  • Financial Aid student employee
  • First CLAS Participant 2013

Why do you think first year students should participate in the First CLAS program?:
"As an incoming student it is important to become familiar with how connected the community and Linfield is. By participating in FirstCLAS you have an opportunity to get to know some of the local attractions like Third Street and organizations that Linfield works closely with such as Juliette’s House, Habitat for Humanity, YCAP and more. Plus having the opportunity to get comfortable on campus and meet people before school actually starts is a huge advantage."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"Be open to new things! Linfield offers so many different opportunities to serve the community, go out and do fun activities with other Linfield students, and be creative in your own way. College is a time to grow and become more of who you are and you can’t do that bottled up in a room 24/7. So get out, explore McMinnville and take friends with you!."

Joel - Group Leader


Hometown: Hillsboro, OR
Year: Senior
Majors: Spanish and International Relations (double major)

Favorite Quote: " I don't accept the status quo. I do accept Visa, MasterCard, or Amercian Express." - Stephen Colbert

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Alternative Spring Break 
  • Linfield Varsity Tennis 
  • Student Athletic Advisory Committe
  • Fellow Chrisitna Atheletes (FCA)
  • International Club
  • First CLAS participant 2011
  • First CLAS Group Leader 2012

Why should first-year students participate in the First CLAS Program?:
"First CLAS is an opportunity to meet a wide variety of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, all while learning about the Linfield and McMinnville communities and giving back to them at the same time. We live in an increasingly inter-connected and globalized world, thus there is an increasingly prominent possibility of interacting with people from various backgrounds, cultures, and religions. First CLAS provides an opportunity for this sort of diversity to flourish, and is a cool program to meet other students who really want to make a difference on campus. Ultimately, it is a way to adjust to the university and McMinnville and give back to these communities at the same time, all while increasing your own leadership abilities and learning about the many resources that are available here."

What is some advice you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"My advice for incoming students would definitely be to step out of your comfort zone and try things that are appealing to you. That doesn't mean that you have to conform to anyone's idea of life at a university, but going to a university like Linfield is definitely a great time to explore yourself and your interests, and Linfield offers great programs like Alternative Spring Break, various clubs, study abroad, etc. to help you in that process. Try as much as you can at the start and then you can choose to start focusing on your personal interests as you develop them. Also, get to know the various Linfield and McMinnville resources like the career development office, registrar’s office, counseling, etc. because there are definitely resources available that many students don't take advantage of. Finally, I would recommend getting to know the McMinnville community at large as well as the Linfield community, because despite how easy it is to stay wrapped up in the Linfield community there are plenty of awesome things that McMinnville has to offer as well. There are a variety of ways that you can choose to spend your time at Linfield, but knowing how to and actually taking advantage of the tools Linfield provides is definitely one of the most important things that a student can learn as they transition into life at the Linfield campus."

Louie  - Group Leader 


Hometown: Brookings, OR
Year: Junior
Major: Creative Writing
Minors: Media Studies & Studio Art (double minor)

Favorite Quote: “Not everyone is going to know how to receive your energy. Make peace with that and keep on." Anonymous

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Greek Life
  • Alpha Phi Alumni Director
  • Fleet Assistant student worker at Facilities Services
  • Days of Service Group Project Leader via Change Corps
  • First CLAS participant 2012
  • First CLAS Group Co-leader 2013

Why do you think first year students should participate in the First CLAS program?: 
"I believe that first year students should participate in this program because it will help them become leaders in not only the Linfield community, but also the McMinnville community. First CLAS provides the opportunity to become familiar with campus resources and create friendships before all of the other first-year students arrive."

What advice do you have for incoming Linfield students?:
My advice for incoming students is to become involved and try everything you can in your first year. You never know who you will meet, what you will learn, and what you are passionate about."

Patty  - Group Leader 


Hometown: Berthould, CO
Year: Sophomore
Majors: Undecided; planned for Psychology and Economics (double major)

Favorite Quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world" -Mahatma Gandhi

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • First CLAS participant 2013
  • Career Development student employee
  • Economics department student employee
  • Psychology summer research assistant 2014
  • Linfield Panhellenic Council secretary
  • Greek Life Rho Gamma 2014 Fall Recruitment
  • Reaching and Inspiring Students to Excell (RISE) middle school mentoring 
  • Dance team member
  • Wildcat Intercultural Network (WIN) Mentoring
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society freshman representative
  • Hewitt Hall President; Residence Hall Executive Council (RHEC)
  • Days of Service project leader/volunteer via Change Corps

Why do you think first year students should particiapate in the First CLAS program?:
"The First CLAS program enables students to meet other students before the excitement and rush of orientation and classes start. It gets students accustomed to the environment and surroundings they will be living in for their first year. It’s where students can grow, learn and make a positive impact on the community in McMinnville while having fun and making new friends. My First CLAS group became my support system that I know I can count on while at Linfield."

What advice do you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"My advice for incoming freshmen is to try something new! Go outside your comfort zone. Introduce yourself to the person behind you when you are in line registering, go to the events the school puts on- especially ones that you have not tried before, you never know who you might meet! Just embrace the experience because it goes by so quickly." 

Rebecca ("Becky")  - Group Leader 


Hometown: Caldwell, ID
Year: Sophomore
Major: Sociology
Minor: Psychology

Favorite Quote(s): "Life is a mystery but will all the unknown somehow we learn how to dream and dedicate our lives to something." -Becky Hopper
"This is your life, are you who you want to be?' -Switchfoot

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Phonathon Caller
  • Catholic Campus Ministries
  • First CLAS participant 2013

Why do you think first year students should particiapate in the First CLAS program?:
"It is a fun way to meet people in your class, plus a week of service to the community. Who wouldn’t like that? Come on, you know you want to dive into college. What better way than this."

What advice do you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"Have fun, ask for help, but most important, don’t forget to be who you are-Stay true to yourself. That will make you the happiest." 

Terran  - Group Leader 


Hometown: Haiku, HI
Year: Senior
Majors: Philosophy and Biology (double major)

Favorite Quote: "Entertain the thought that you are wrong" -Kaarina Beam

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Linfield Archives
  • Kemper Scholars
  • Alternative Spring Break 2012 & 2013
  • Days of Service volunteer
  • Study Abroad (Hong Kong)
  • Change Corps Alternative Spring Break Director (2014-2015)

Why do you think first year students should particiapate in the First CLAS program?:
"I believe students who join First CLAS are generally more involved, comfortable, and successful during their time at Linfield.  It offers a great way to see what Linfield has to offer and those you can share it with in a safe and fun environment."

What advice do you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"I won’t say what people should do, but rather, they shouldn’t stop to think if anyone is watching them do what they love to do." 

Anders - Group Co-Leader

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: Olympia, WA
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Minor: Business Management

Favorite Quote: "This too shall pass" - King Solomon

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • Associated Students of Linfield College (ASLC student government) Senator
  • Residence Hall Association (RHA) Judicial Board Representative
  • Student Affairs student employee
  • First CLAS participant 2012

Why do you think first year students should participate in the First CLAS program?:
"First CLAS is a wonderful chance for incoming student to experience what it is like to live and work together in a close environment. It also get students involved in volunteer activities and encourages them to continue service in the future, which is not only beneficial for the community but also for the development of the individual. First CLAS is really a program to help you (the student) get a head start in your discovery of who you are as a person and how you want to engage in the world."

What advice do you have for incoming Linfield students?:
"Don't have any expectations. Just be yourself and remember that everyone else is here to try new things and learn as much as you so no one is here to judge you, a matter of fact (and I know this is sound cliche) most people are scared of the same thing. So just let go of you preconceived ideas about what this will be like and come in with open arms and an open mind."

Deizhanna - Group Co-Leader 


Hometown: Ewa Beach, HI
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Minor: Biology

Favorite Quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it" -Walt Disney

Linfield Groups & Activities

  • First CLAS participant 2013
  • Circle K
  • Wildcat Intercultural Network (WIN) Mentoring program
  • Hawaiian Club
  • Reaching and Inspiring Students to Excel middle school Mentoring

Why do you think first year students should participate in the First CLAS program?: 
"I think they should participate because not only is it a chance to get comfortable with the campus, but it also allows students to meet new friends and get exposed to the different opportunities on and off campus."

What advice do you have for incoming Linfield students?: 
"Don’t be afraid to go out and try new things in college. Step out of your comfort zone and be all you can be!"