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)|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be checking my email this summer, and will respond!