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2014 Winter Linfield Magazine

Winter 2014 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 1 9 Transformational experience Values will define future My time at Linfield has been defined through my experiences with the Linfield College football program. The four pillars our team is built on are: team, excellence, attitude and class – values that have become part of my life on and off the field. On the field, the program trained me to play football with integrity and great effort. Outside of football, the team gave me the work ethic and accountability to excel as a biology major and theatre and chemistry double minor. I can accomplish what is sometimes a daunting schedule because of the sense of routine and focus I learned from my coaches. These ideals pushed me to apply for a Fulbright grant to continue the cancer research that I began with Professor Anne Kruchten. I also applied that work ethic to my theatrical studies. When I was cast in the play, West Moon Street, I had to learn how to speak the dialect of a British noble – which was completely unfamiliar. However, because of the principles I learned from football, I was able to spend an hour a day for a month and a half listening to tapes until I was comfortable with my portrayal of the accent. Most important, the football team taught me how to be a better man. Coach Joseph Smith ’93 reminds us that life after football will be filled with challenges such as raising a family, paying bills and climbing the employment ladder. Because of the football team, I am prepared to face these challenges and succeed. Without the Wildcat culture, my future would be much more uncertain. This team has given me the greatest educational experience that I could have because it taught me how to lead a good life as a good man. Jacob Priester ’14 Biology major At Linfield, I dove headfirst into opportunities, whether academic, professional or extracurricular. I am a student ambassador for the admission office and began an internship there in January. I joined Phi Sigma Sigma sorority as a freshman and served as philanthropy chair, scholarship chair and president. These positions have been incredibly fulfilling. But it was my study abroad semester in Oslo, Norway, that I dearly treasure. I will never forget thinking when the plane landed in Oslo after nearly 24 hours of travel, “Wow. I made it here all by myself. Can I go home now?” I had been a tour guide at Linfield, promoting studying abroad, and full of stories about the wonderful experiences Linfield students have around the globe. Now, I am one of these students with my own stories to tell, my knowledge to share and my footprint to leave. The things I learned in Norway are immeasurable. Practical things like how to navigate a big city, buy a bus pass and translate Norwegian to English (no easy feat). But I learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. My European culture course was engaging and taught by some wonderful professors from different fields of study. Laura Breshock ’14 and I were the only native English speakers in the class -- something we had never experienced. I gained knowledge that allowed me to realize just how vast the world is, and how I want to experience every part of it. In Norway I learned independence, problem-solving skills, communication, and above all, I recognized my love for learning new things. My college experience has been everything I wanted it to be and my semester in Norway made for a life-changing journey. I left half of my heart in Norway, and I plan to return as soon as possible. Linfield fully prepared me for this experience, and come graduation, I will be ready for whatever comes my way. Erin Lasher ’14 Communication arts major


2014 Winter Linfield Magazine
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