01 October 2014

I'm a senior?

Hello all, it's nice to meet you.

     What's my major? Glad you asked. It's Foreign Languages, French and Spanish. Minor? English. My name? Marissa Burke.
        I am a LC senior and I moved to Portland freshman year from Santa Cruz, California. Before I attempt to summarize all the personal details in one single post, I would like to incorporate some of them with all the new stuff that is happening in my life during my last year of college.

    I have a new place! Housing is definitely a consideration when you are college shopping. At Lewis & Clark, many of my friends were first my neighbors in the Platt East dormitories freshman year. I had two caring Resident Advisors named Nate and Gabby, or affectionately known as Mom & Dad. They planned movie nights, smoothie nights, study sessions, and other fun times. My first two years on campus I was able to bond with some genuinely kind people. My junior year, I moved off campus to feel a bit more independent, and this year I wanted to be closer to the city. I just want y'all to know about the house I moved into a few weeks ago in the cute and cozy Sellwood neighborhood. I live here:

with three hilarious ladies who are also seniors. We study, cook, garden, stress, and enjoy our last year in this house, just a few miles from school.

      I am just settling back into American-style classes. I spent last semester in Strasbourg, France through in the LC language intensive program, and I missed small classes almost as much as I missed American breakfast. In general, the French don't eat more than toast for breakfast, but it may be the best toast that you ever eat in your lifetime. Though I miss the bread, I can't wait for the breakfast I am going to eat at the school dining hall (The Bon) tomorrow morning. Even though I live off campus, I often go to school early to eat a small mountain of strawberries and a lot of eggs and bacon for $4.

I can't wait to tell you all more about my last year. Right now, I just can't believe it's here!

29 September 2014

Hello Everyone!

Hey guys! My name is Remington Campbell and I am a freshman here at Lewis and Clark. This is my first time blogging ever, so I hope you guys enjoy! I am really excited about the opportunity to blog here and tell everyone about Lewis and Clark.

To briefly introduce myself:
  • I am planning on majoring in Biology. My ultimate goal is to become a veterinarian, specializing in production animals (sheep, cattle, pigs, etc.)
  •  I am from Brawley, California, and in case you have absolutely no clue where that possibly is, it is located in between San Diego, CA and Yuma, AZ. For those of you who have never been to or for that matter heard of Brawley, it is a complete desert. Being in Portland, I have been in love with all the green trees and having actual seasons to enjoy. 
I am a member of the football team here at LC. I play middle linebacker. I have been playing football since I was in 3rd grade, so getting the chance to play in college has been an awesome experience for me. 
Go Pios!

This semester I am taking three classes along with playing football. Biology 141(where I will also be doing lab work in nearby Tryon Creek State Park), Chemistry 110 ( also with a lab), and E&D ( English class). I am really excited to be here at Lewis and Clark. It's a wonderful place and I hope I can show everyone what an amazing place it is. Here are a few pictures of me and everything I have done so far at LC. 
Study hall with the team.
My girlfriend, Ava, and I after our game at Whittier. 
View of my locker room when I first arrived. 
I hope you guys enjoy my blog, and good luck to everyone out there in their senior year.           


28 September 2014

Hello (again)!

Hello everyone! My name is Jessica Kostka, I hail from the little town of Auburn in Northern California, and this will be my second year of blogging for Real Life. I am excited to get started again, and hopefully I can help some of you decide whether Lewis and Clark will be a good fit for you. Stay tuned to find out a little bit more about me, and to hear some things I love about being a student here.

I am a second-year student majoring in English and (possibly) minoring in Philosophy. However, my academic interests are all over the map. Between my general education requirements and the classes I’ve taken just for fun, I’ve had the chance to take such a variety of subjects here that I can tell you about many of the departments on campus. You’ll hear a lot more about my classes in later posts, but for now, I’ll just tell you my schedule this semester. I have Major Periods and Issues in English Literature (for my major), Philosophy of Religion (a fascinating class which is the reason I might be a Philosophy minor), Education in a Complex World, Beginning Japanese 1, and Yoga. It’s a pretty great lineup, if I do say so myself. I love all my professors. Outside of class, I am into reading, writing poetry, running, Yoga Club, watching really good movies, eating all kinds of food, and obsessing over my future. I also volunteer off-campus in a kindergarten classroom as part of my education class. 

I live on campus in Akin Hall, which is the same residence hall I lived in last year. This is my room.

Akin Hall is the Multicultural Engagement Living Learning Community, which means that we get to help out with things like the International Fair. Everyone I live with is very interested in other languages and cultures and things like that. It’s become a second home for me and I feel privileged to have so many wonderful friends both from last year and this year. Here are a couple photos of me doing various exciting things with said friends!

A very blurry picture of half of my dorm attempting to squeeze into one long table at the dining hall. That's me on the right with wavy blond hair.

That’s my roommate Sully, me, Aubrie, and Molly, from left to right. We are at the food carts! Portland is well known for its food cart culture, and in an ideal world with infinite money and time, I would take the bus downtown every weekend and try a new food cart each time. Some of my favorite things I’ve had have been gyros, Pad Thai, taro boba tea with milk, and iced peach boba tea. On this occasion, I had bi bim bap from the Korean BBQ cart.

Last night, I went downtown again. This outing also revolved around food. Do you sense a pattern forming? Because I do. We went to my favorite restaurant – Shigezo Izakaya. It’s incredibly convenient because it is so close to where the bus stops, and it's delicious. The Japanese exchange students I'm friends with have told me that their food tastes really authentic, too. I think this is like my tenth time going there in the last year.

Well, I'm pretty exhausted from a long day in the library studying philosophy, so that’s all for tonight. But never fear! I will post again next week. If you have any questions about what it’s like to live here at Lewis and Clark, which restaurants/food carts to go to in Portland, what I think of elegiac poetry from the Middle Ages, or how Aquinas attempted to prove the existence of God, just shoot me an email at jessicakostka@lclark.edu!


26 September 2014


Hey everyone!

My name's Rebecca, and I'm going to be one of the bloggers you'll be reading this year. Some of you might remember me from my posts throughout the last two years, but if you're new here, nice to meet you!

A little bit about me: I'm a junior environmental studies and Hispanic studies double major. I'm originally from Minnesota, and I like to talk about it a lot. I'm really involved with ukulele orchestra and College Outdoors, and I do other spontaneous things throughout the year like volunteer with Student Leadership and Service and, of course, do all the work for my classes. This year I'm living off campus with five lovely ladies, and in the spring I'll be studying abroad in ValparaĆ­so, Chile.

My house/housemates! I'm the one with the grey shirt in the back
This semester I'm taking four classes: Environmental Education, which includes a practicum at the nearby Tryon Creek State Park, Colonial Latin American History, Intro to Drawing, and a Spanish conversation class. On top of that, I am a co-chair for the environmental studies department's annual Environmental Affairs Symposium. This year's theme is "We the Anthropos" and explores a variety of perspectives on what it means to be a human in this new era called the anthropocene. It's been a lot of work, but I've really enjoyed getting the Symposium ready. It's happening in just a few weeks, so it's coming up! I also am a tutor for the sophomore environmental studies class, Environmental Analysis.

I'm excited to write for you all, and good luck to all of you getting started on your college applications! If you have any questions about anything, feel free to email me at rekidder@lclark.edu.


Hello there!

Hi! This is my first blog post! My name is Frances and I am a sophomore here at Lewis & Clark. To briefly introduce myself:
-I am an intended double major of Environmental Studies and Sociology.
-I run for the cross country team (and Track & Field in the Spring, competing in the 1500 and steeplechase).
-I dabble in volunteering for the Bike Co-op, helping to repair students bikes for free.
-I am the On-Campus Sustainability Intern (more on what that means to come).
-I am a peer-facilitator for the Consent and Sexual Misconduct workshop. This class is apart of a new program all first years and transfer students must complete called the Pioneer Success Institute (PSI).
-This summer I was an intern for the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter (I got a stipend for the summer from the Lewis & Clark!)

This is me!
While I hope to give you a good idea of what life is like as a student at Lewis & Clark, my experiences should not be generalized to describe the entire student body. I am here to show you some of the opportunities available to you (and there are a lot) and give you an idea of what you could accomplish as a LC student. Treat this blog as a glimpse into life here and not the end-all-be-all.

That being said, here are some of the SWEET things I have done on campus and around Portland in the past month here!

Sunset kayak on the Willamette with the "Sea Slug" 
Lounged about by the Reflecting Pools on campus
Studied! Watzek library is a great place to do some 
homework -- or to procrastinate.
Ate some DAMN GOOD ice cream at Salt & Straw
(I'm the one second to the left)
Ate a massive doughnut at Voodoo 
(you may be noticing a theme...)

Climbed a tree and set up a hammock on South Campus

Swam in the outdoor pool on campus!

The sun was in full force during the first month of school and it was luxurious. I took advantage of the lovely weather by spending as much time I could outside --I did the majority of my homework during the first three weeks of classes under a tree in a grassy nook on the academic side of campus. This campus (as pictured in various scenes above) has incredible outdoor spaces for relaxing with friends on a sunny day.

That's all I've got for now,

05 May 2014

Wrapping Up

I'm done with my first final, and in three days I'll be done with all of them! Then I'm off to stay with some friends in Portland for a few days, before going to Vancouver and Seattle for a week, then home (where I will go up to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for a few days, then down to Iowa to visit my grandparents, then stay home and start my job at my hometown's community center).

I think it's really cool to reflect on where I am now versus where I was at the beginning of this year, and where I was last year when I was at the beginning of my college career.

the first concert I went to, during my new student trip- I didn't know the band, but it was fun
the most recent concert I've been to- Kimya Dawson and Paul Baribeau!
last year I first experienced mushroom hunting when doing a research project for biology
this year I went on a mushroom hunting trip with College Outdoors, along with nine other trips (three of them ones I student coordinated!)
my friends liked dogs last year
and my friends liked dogs this year (this is an important quality to have in a friend)
my current roommates last year (before we were roommates)
my current roommates now! We went out for brunch during reading days.
studying for finals first semester last year
studying for finals this year (I was studying, I promise I wasn't just sitting out in the sun)
Other highlights from the year include:
breaking this board in self defense for women!
the snow days! they were so pretty!
getting Wilderness First Responder certification! (not real blood, that's stage makeup)
getting to go on more College Outdoors trips, from the coast to the east side of the Cascades!
getting better at ukulele (and getting to sit on the floor with a crown with a bunch of people behind me)
doing more research for environmental studies, including researching people's perception of invasive species, and looking at justice surrounding the location of urban parks in Portland
The list could go on- working with Symposium, taking on more leadership with ukulele orchestra, exploring more parts of Portland, on campus concerts and shows- It's been an amazing year, and every day I fall more in love with Lewis & Clark and with Portland. I have so many opportunities here, and I feel very supported by the faculty and staff of the college. There are so many creative, friendly, interesting people, and I am really grateful for the relationships I've made with the students and professors here. I have learned so many important things, both surrounding how I think and what I think about. This happens both in my classes, and in my extracurriculars. I'm going to miss the school and Portland this summer; I'm already looking forward to coming back in August. It's incredible how quickly these two years have gone by- I'm half done with my college career! Here's to the next two years!

If you have any questions, please email me at rekidder@lclark.edu. I will be checking my email this summer, and will respond!


29 April 2014

Last Week of Classes!

This week, my three best friends, Sully, Sarah, and Sam, in addition to all having names that start with 'S', are all celebrating their birthdays this week. They are turning 19, 20, and 21! Wow. I'll be 18 until November. So between working on final projects and papers and studying for finals, I’ve been buying lots of supplies to make baked goods and throwing together last minute presents.

Sarah’s birthday was today, so seven of us went to Shigezo together. Yes, I know, we can’t go anywhere else. I think I may have gone there eight times now. I ordered ahi poke-don, unagi nigiri, and miso soup, with vanilla and mango mochi ice cream to cap off the meal. Fantastic. And since it was Sarah’s birthday, she got a free dessert crepe! It was so big that we all got to try it. Then, Sully’s and Sam’s birthdays are this weekend, and I don’t know if we are going out to dinner, but I’m for sure baking them double-chocolate brownies with cream cheese frosting.

I’m honestly so sad to be leaving this place for four months. I have made such great friends here and I don’t want to go home and not see them all summer. Two of them I won’t see all fall semester either – Sarah is studying abroad in Osaka, Japan and Sam is studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. I'm probably not going to study abroad until my junior year, and I am not sure where I'll go. Anyway, I’m still already excited for next term even though I still don’t know what classes I’m taking and lots of things will be different. I'll have the same roommate, but different neighbors, different professors, etc. etc. etc.

There’s always so much going on on-campus in the last couple weeks of the term. I went to two different theatre performances in the last few days – one staged reading of a play written by a theatre major, and one shorter performance from the Oresteia (a Classical Greek play). Both were incredible. The first was a comedy that made the audience roar with laughter, and the second was a hair-raisingly chilling and eerie tragedy in which a father sacrifices his daughter (who was played by Sam, which made it all the more chilling). I also started going to Yoga Club meetings, which for some reason I didn’t know about until now. Yoga is a great way to unwind during this stressful time of year.

Plans for the rest of the semester:
  • Attend awesome dance performance and a poetry reading
  • Edit two final papers for history and English
  • Finish logic take-home exam
  • Finish history reading
  • Finish all birthday festivities
  • Partake in school-sponsored reading day merriment (free massages! therapy dog petting! etc!)
  • Sell textbooks and pack many, many boxes for storage
  • Go to Salt N Straw ice cream and watch Anna Karenina with Sam
  • Take four finals L
  • Fly home to Northern California, where I'll hang out with some friends from high school, get a summer job, (hopefully) road trip to Santa Cruz, go camping, and catch up on reading!
Last minute questions? Email me at jessicakostka@lclark.edu.