Let me be the last to fill you in. Midterms are here… Say whatttt?! Six weeks have come and left, and my oh my did that go fast. And I thought freshman year was a blur… Luckily, us students have a week full of tests, papers, and quizzes to ground us every six weeks. Most students are running off of large quantities of sugar, a caffeinated beverage, or sheer anxiety. Personally, I have just recently found my fix amidst this hectic time:
I’ll be honest here – I was in a funk for a little while. I’m sure I won’t get many sympathy votes now, but I have a very unusual class schedule this semester. I only have class Tuesday and Wednesday nights. (Yes, I’m taking 12 credits, but 9 of them are on these nights, and 3 are independent.) As a senior, most would consider this to be one of the perks, but I find it somewhat troubling.
Here I am sitting in a huge conference room reserved especially for debaters at Lewis and Clark College. Amazingly, this is my first time in Portland, Oregon. I have to admit I was freakishly excited when my purchases were not enhanced by sales tax! It was awesome!
So, a natural part of going to a college is a general commitment to paying student fees. These funds go into accounts run both by student government and the Office of Student Affairs, where it’s used in hosting and designing activities and programs specifically for the use by the students.
You know how everyone tells you that there are so many things going on campus? And how there is no possible way you won’t have anything to do on campus? Well what happens if everything is scheduled when you are not available? The minute you become available, nothing is going on, or worse, nothing is open. It seems like everything I want to do, such as our hall program tie dye party or the caramel apple party, is always scheduled around when I am not available. It’s like everyone knows my schedule and secretly makes sure to schedule everything so that I will not be able to attend. :) JK.
Our campus is a hot spot. I mean, it is really bumpin’.
There are always ample events and activities taking place, hosted by both the school and the community. We students are always running from one end of the campus to the other. Little did I know, however, that there is a world outside of Caldwell, Idaho between September and May! (Say whatttt?!?)
Seriously! Have a look for yourself… I haven’t been wasting any time this year in exploring the world beyond the quad…
These are my boots.They’re firm, comfortable, and just reliable.
In about 9 months, they’ll be in the mountain mud of Yunnan Province in China.
Last Thursday I took a break from homework to go see a presentation by Ed Grumbine.
Grumbine is a recognized environmental scientist, and during the past few years, he has worked in conjunction with the Chinese government in their efforts to create and maintain “protected zones” (areas of natural conservation within their territory).
I had a busy week. Nothing especially stood out, just your typical 5th week of school. Typical means: Greek Week, Humans vs Zombies, job training, and research presentations.
Humans vs Zombies started again on our campus last Sunday. This round we had 125 players, and by the first day we had over 40 zombies roaming the campus looking for fellow Coyote brains. HvZ is an apocalyptic-themed game of tag, with human players attempting to survive as long as they can before being tagged by zombies. For usually around 2 weeks, the campus is filled with a little extra energy as
Many opportunities come across the life of our College students,it’s just a question of how and why should an opportunity be seized.Winter and Spring semesters of my junior year helped provide an answer.
During those two semesters I interned at a Department of Defense affiliated strategic studies center focusing on the Near East and South Asia. How, might you ask, did I come across such an outstanding opportunity? Initiative, commitment, and The Washington Center (TWC) sum-up the answer.