21 November 2017

Hacking Competition

The login page we were supposed to get past

This weekend I finished my first final project for the semester.  Yeah, it’s a little early, I know, but at least this way it can’t cause problems with my other final projects.  For Computer and Network Security, a number of us chose to participate in the National Cyber League’s Postseason Game as our final project.  The National Cyber League runs an online cybersecurity competition twice a year consisting of a preseason (warm up game to rank everyone), 1-2 regular season games (a weekend of individual competition), and a postseason game (a weekend of team play).  Lewis and Clark hosted two teams and I’m pleased to say we did better than the other team, even though they had the TA.

Chrome's developer tools

Security has been a fun class and we have learned a lot.  My final presentation will likely be on one of the websites I broke onto during the postseason. It was really poorly secured; most websites do a much better job.  The only tool you needed were the developer tools in most web browsers.  I probably shouldn’t give away an answer to a competition’s question so I won’t give specifics, but basically when you attempted to log in it checked the password you entered against a password stored in the source code of the website.  You could easily find it when poking through with the developer tools.

The flag you see once you get in

For Thanksgiving, I’ll be joining my roommate in Chicago.  I really look forward to the break, but somehow, I feel I won’t be catching up on any sleep.

Have any questions?  Please email me at ameliaberle@lclark.edu

You don't have to be a computer expert to take Security.  It only requires Computer Science I.

Relax Before Break

Hi everyone! How are you? How's it going?

Many of you already know that this week is Thanksgiving break for everyone. I hope that all of you are using this time to relax and catch up on anything that you need to do! As for me, I actually used this past weekend to relax and have a girls day with my friend, Karli!

Sadly, I didn't take any pictures because my phone is not cooperating with me and refuses to charge so I wasn't really on my phone much. Anyways, Karli and I went downtown to Powells and I was able to find a violin music book so I can start practicing again because I really miss playing! We also went to some music stores because Karli is interested in learning violin and wanting to invest in one! We even crossed the bridge to get to a music store and ended up in Northeast Portland where we also got to eat Pho! It was Karli's first time having Pho and I would say the one we went to was pretty darn good (・∀・)

Sorry but this week's post is going to be shorter than usual because I am going home tomorrow for the break and I have an essay for E&D to get done but I am super happy to go home and see my family and surprise all of my friends! I hope that all of you have an amazing break and for those of you who do celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have an amazing couple of days of relaxation!

If you have any questions or just want to talk, you can reach me at:


Here's this week quote:

"I like flaws. I think they make things interesting." - The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

♥ Jessica

20 November 2017

Tough Breaks and Good Breaks

Hey friends!

Sorry I didn't post Saturday! I was waiting again for Sunday because we had our second dance showing and I wanted to post photos from the showing! Our piece was a bit of a hot mess though... because this past Friday we learned one of our dancers dislocated her shoulder and now can't perform! Its so sad whenever anyone gets injured, but we're also only about two weeks out from our final performance, and with Thanksgiving this week we are down to three more rehearsals. We had to reset and basically scratch three months of choreo in one night, two days before the showing (AIYAA). So yeah, the showing was rough for us ... BUT, we had rehearsal and fixed it more and just practiced the new choreo to get it in our bones.

This past week was jammed packed, I had a paper due, a midterm, a quiz, and problem set all due. And I have a lot of work to do over the break - which I want to try to get a head start on, but there wasn't a ton of work due for this mini half week - which meant I was able to get a bit of break this weekend :D

My Saturday was really good though! This was the first Saturday all semester I didn't go to my usual Starbucks and do homework routine (which, in all honestly, I probably should have, because now I'm a bit behind..whoops) but instead I hung out with friends and got some boba and sushi and then also had a "Pre-Thanksgiving Friendsgiving" and did a family dinner with my friend group. It was a really great day :D 

My Sunday was a bit rough, we had the showing for three hours in the morning and then went straight from that to the molecular lab to redo our serial dilutions and plating the growth assays. We spent three hours in the lab, just enough time for me to get out with two minutes to run to dance rehearsal for another three hours. I was DEAD. I also didn't get much to eat that day, so I was just running on empty. But in the end, it was a good day, we finally got a successful plating and polished our piece.

First round of Growth Assays 

Our molecular lab is a lowkey a pain in the butttt!!! In laymen's terms we mutated a promotor and we're trying to see what happens in the reporter. However, this round of growth assays, we somehow messed up and got growth on the wrong samples... so... hopefully *fingers crossed* our second round we made on Sunday worked well...

This week is short and easy. Just a bit more than 2 days and then I get to leave Wednesday morning! I'm really excited to go to my mom's place and eat REAL food!!! WHOO~

I'll try to be more on top of posting this weekend,
Have a happy Thanksgiving, or just break! Celebrating whatever y'all celebrate! But I hope you all have a wonderful rest with your family!


Approaching Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving break is almost here, which also means the end of the semester is getting closer!

Lately, I've been super busy with school and basketball. Right now, my classmate and I are working on a huge research project on human trafficking in Cambodia for our International Affairs final. The woman's basketball team also started games last week! We played Oregon Tech on Wednesday, St. Catherine's on Saturday, and Corban on Sunday. These teams aren't in our conference, but it's still fun to play different schools (especially St. Catherine's, they came all the way from Minnesota!)

Team photo after practice!

We have another home game tomorrow against Warner Pacific, then we fly out to California for a Thanksgiving tournament. I don't get to go home for Thanksgiving break, but i'll be able to see my family since their flying down to watch us play. 

This last week, I also signed up for classes next semester. I'll be taking Intro to Economics, Intro to American Politics, Spanish, and another mandatory Exploration & Discovery class. Picking my classes were actually fairly easy, since I planned everything out before-hand with my advisor. The next thing I have planned is to meet with the pre-law advisor - he's an actual law professor at the law campus here and attended a top-tier law school, so it should be pretty informative!

That's all for now. I'll be heading out to California, but I'll definitely be back next week! 

I'm going to miss Portland!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to shoot me an email at jillianjin@lclark.edu! 

Until then, 


14 November 2017

Scurvy (Not Really)

I have been incredibly sick these past few weeks which is why I have been missing my posts.  Though it’s far from the most fun I have had here, I figured I’d talk about it because getting ill is a part of Real Life and it might answer a few questions about how things work here. 

The Health Center
On the bottom floor of Templeton, you will find the student health center.  (Admittedly, the first time I tried to find it I had trouble. Tip: walk around the outside of the building. You cannot get there from the inside of Templeton). It’s an as-free-as-possible clinic.  What I mean is seeing a nurse doesn’t cost anything, but you will need to pay for things like tests and medicine.  They are super nice and are open for appointments 5 days a week.  If you need something during a weekend they have a phone number to call to get a nurse’s advice.  I got sick about three weeks ago, but it did not start getting bad until that weekend.  I showed up at the health center first thing the next Monday to schedule an appointment and, since no one else had an appointment early Monday morning, they saw me then and there.  The staff are super nice and friendly and, despite me feeling miserable and my discomfort with medical visits (I have a fear of needles), they made me feel at home. 

The medical staff figured out what was wrong with me and gave me two prescriptions.  I chose, like most other students, to get them filled at the Fred Meyer pharmacy.  Fred Meyer’s is the grocery store the pioneer express stops at.  The bus runs there after 7pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.  They seem to be understaffed (based on the three times I have gone there for this illness), but it only took 20-45 minutes to get my prescriptions filled and I spent that time buying groceries anyway.

Missing Class
If you tell your professor ahead of time, they will be understanding.  Do not worry about it.  The professors at Lewis and Clark are great.  I have previously rescheduled a midterm I was too sick to take and this time I had to reschedule a quiz.  They’re unlikely to let you skip assignments without it affecting your grade, but if you are sick but willing to do the work most are willing to reschedule, you just have to ask them ahead of time.  Also, get a friend to take notes for you.  It’s quite helpful.

A friend from home who heard I was sick
mailed me miso soup

*Note on title: Because of the pirate-themed fire show that happened while I was getting sick, a few of my Fire Arts friends have been referring to my illness as scurvy.

Have questions about things at L&C? Feel free to send me an email at ameliaberle@lclark.edu

Breaking Down My Monday

Hey guys! This last Saturday I helped admissions with hosting a panel for prospective students. Basically, it was an opportunity for prospective students to ask any questions that they had about life at LC. During this, I felt that this one question was sitting in everyone's mind: what does your day-to-day schedule look like? To answer that, I broke down my busiest day for you, hour-by-hour!

8:00 a.m: Time to wake up and make breakfast before class

9:10 - 10:10 a.m: Go over this weekend's reading in my Exploration & Discovery class

10:20 - 11:20 a.m: Oral exam in Spanish class

11:30 - 12:30 p.m: Head over to Stamm for a career center event for students interested in grad school

12:30 - 1:00 p.m: Burgers and fries for lunch in the Troom

1:15 - 2:00 p.m: Head back to my dorm to study for my International Affairs test this week

2:30 - 4:00 p.m: Time to get some homework done in study hall for the basketball team

4:00 - 4:20 p.m: Walk over to Maggie's to get a snack before practice

4:30 - 5:20 p.m: Head over to the trainer's room to get treatment before practice

5:20 - 7:20 p.m: Time for practice and a lift in the weight room

7:30 - 8:00 p.m: Grab some ice from the trainer's room and roll out

8:30 p.m: Shower up and get dinner at Maggie's

9:30 - 11:00 p.m: Head to a cafe in Portland to finish up some homework with friends

11:30 p.m: Finally, time to sleep!

This is a typical Monday for me, but of course everyone is different! If you have any questions about my schedule or anything else, feel free to give me an email at jillianjin@lclark.edu.

Until then,


Mindful Monday

Hey everyone! How are you? How's it going?

I hope all of you had an amazing weekend and Monday! I always emphasis to take care of yourself first and that's exactly what I did last night! To give time to myself, I decided to go to a concert on a MONDAY NIGHT!!! Like, I didn't think I would ever go out, let alone go to a concert on a school night! Fortunately, I am ahead in homework so I don't have to worry about getting behind! Anyways, the concert was at Hawthorne Theatre in Portland!
 It was so cold waiting outside and like 10 minutes before they let us in, it started to rain really hard. Anyways, the openers for the concert was Sleep On It, Chapel, and As It Is. Needless to say, I am now fans of all of them!! I was even able to catch a guitar pick from Sleep On It and got to meet all of them and get a picture with 3 of them!
What was super amazing was that I was able to push myself to barricade and got an up-close view of Waterparks! I first saw Waterparks when I went to the All Time Low concert in July in Anaheim and Waterparks was one of the openers! So once I reached the front it was such an experience. Like, at the end of the concert, the lead singer, Awsten, crowd surfed right where I was standing and I was able to help him get back on stage. I guess I could say I had an interaction with my favorite band? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Anyways, it's crazy how close Thanksgiving Break is. It feels like yesterday when I was just first moving into my dorm and going to my first class. It's nice to say that you all have been part of watching how my first semester of college goes! Here's to all the many more posts! Remember you come first and life is about the safe, spontaneous moments!

If you have any questions or just want to talk, you can reach me at: 


Here's the quote of the week:

"Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs." - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

♥ Jessica