29 October 2014

A little of this, a little of that

I'll start this post by explaining the Consent and Sexual Misconduct workshops I peer-facilitated during the first month of school. Lewis & Clark began a program that every first year and transfer must complete called the Pioneer Success Institute (PSI); for about six weeks groups of the same twenty students meet to have discussions about a wide range of topics. Each of these meetings is led by a faculty or staff person except for the Consent and Sexual Misconduct workshop which is led by peers, such as myself. We discussed what consent means, LC's sexual misconduct policy definitions, prevention and bystander intervention, and lastly gave students resources on and off campus they could use if they needed it. It was extremely challenging, though rewarding, to facilitate these discussions. I think it is so important that Lewis & Clark students have consent and bystander training. Sexual misconduct should not be something we tolerate here and I think ensuring every incoming student has at least a baseline understanding of the problem can do wonders for preventing sexual assault here. 

I think pictures are the best, most interesting way to share my life at Lewis & Clark is through pictures, so here goes! Here are some things I've done in the past month.

The women's cross country pre-race huddle before the Willamette Invite

Some of my friends and I went to the Gorge for a hike for my old roommates birthday!

Hiked to "the Punchbowl." We swam to the waterfall and it was SO COLD! I grew up in Northern California and swim in the Pacific all the time (not know for it's lukewarm temperature), and this water took my breath away.

This is me trying to warm up after swimming in the Punchbowl

My dad cam to visit! This is him by the reflecting pools (note the prime studying location)

My conversational french class took advantage of the beautiful weather and had class outside

Hiking on a beautiful trail in the Gorge. So nice to get off campus and get outdoors!

My favorite study spot: the Albany courtyard

27 October 2014


This weekend my girlfriend, Ava, came to visit me. I was so happy to see her! I hadn’t seen her since our game at Whittier. On Friday, her flight landed at 8:15 p.m., so that meant a long ride downtown and figuring out the public transportation system. My first step was to take the Pio Express downtown. Then I was able to take the Max (part of the TriMet transportation system that takes you all around the city) out to the airport to pick her up, which I had never used before. It was so remarkably easy that it shocked me. Once we were finally reunited, we got right back on the Max and traveled back downtown to get some dinner.

Now Portland has such a wide variety of places to eat, from little food stands that line the street to fancy restaurants. So naturally we went to Buffalo Wild Wings. What can I say? We both love wings! It was a nice dinner that we used to catch up with everything that has happened at our schools.

The next day, after my football game, we went downtown to explore the city. The first place we headed to was Voodoo Doughnuts where they say, “The Magic is in the Hole!” It has strange but delicious doughnuts and people will hold their weddings there.  If you have never heard of it or been there, it is definitely a place you need to check out. Appropriately, right across the street from it is the “Keep Portland Weird” sign. Now through all this, Ava was constantly taking pictures and enjoying the view. While we were waiting in line for doughnuts, a very Portlandia incident occurred. As we stood there, a group of people dressed up as zombies and dancing to music passed us. They were dancing for some reason, but I didn’t get a chance to see what it was. Ava attends San Diego State University which she says is very “normal,” so seeing that was definitely a different experience from San Diego!
Outside waiting for doughnuts!
The unofficial motto of Portland. 

After Voodoo, it was on to the Nike store to browse the store and see all the cool, latest designs. We would have bought the entire store if we could have. A-lot-of-wishful-thinking-in-the-store later, we were off to the next store. Eventually we meandered our way to the bus stop and got back up to campus so that she could meet a few friends, and we could both relax for the night.

Early the next morning, we were back downtown to explore more! Sunday there was a half marathon titled “Run Like Hell,”  a Halloween-themed event. It was so funny and interesting to see all these people dressed up in Halloween costumes and running in them. The best one I saw was a man dressed in a leopard suit! After people-watching for a bit, we walked through a park along the Willamette River. After a while, we became hungry and discovered a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Brunch Box. It had all sorts of delicious breakfast food, but Ava and I both ordered grilled cheese sandwiches!  We did a lot more sight-seeing before Ava had to leave and say goodbye. It was a very good weekend, and I can’t wait for her to come back!

Until next time, guys,
Remington Campbell

P.S.- Here are a few more pictures! Oh, and Ava took all the photos. She is way more artsy than I am!

Life is Good

Sometimes I think of how I started the term not speaking a word of Japanese except for maybe “sayonara” (goodbye). And I look back, and I think of how cool it is that now I can sort of have a conversation in a language that was totally foreign just a few months ago. And reading hiragana, katakana, and little bits of kanji is really rewarding. I call my mom on Skype and show her what I’m doing in class and she’s just like: “WHOA. You can read that?” It’s a cool feeling. Here’s the whiteboard I was practicing kanji on:

We're learning the symbols for numbers and time and days of the week and all that good stuff.
And here is the super entertaining to-do list I made on Friday:

(for those who don't speak Japanese, it says PARTY! -----> lol jk, I'm studying)
(for those who do speak Japanese, yes, I know I misspelled the last bit)

Besides just in Japanese class, I can tell that Lewis and Clark has enhanced my skills in general. I feel as though I’m a hundred times better at communicating than when I arrived here just a year and a few months ago. My discussion-based classes have really improved my oral skills, and I just feel so much more comfortable with talking in general. I love the engaging conversations I have here, both in and out of the classroom, both with my professors and with my peers. And I’m excited that my writing skills seem to be developing further as well. My professors, especially in the English department, have always been great at giving me feedback so I can improve on my papers. The trick is to be concise, make a clear path of words for your reader to follow, and let your passion for what you're writing about shine through.

Speaking of writing, I officially declared my English major on Friday! Whoo! Other exciting things that have happened lately were going to a poetry slam, going to a concert called "Arranging the Cosmos" put on by the music department,  going downtown to the Saturday Market and eating tamales, starting to watch Avatar (the cartoon series, not the movie) with my roommate, taking a nap (!), and, most importantly, seeing Bill Nye the Science Guy speak on campus! That was such an incredibly cool experience. Unlike many of my friends, I did not grow up watching Bill Nye’s show (because I was homeschooled in elementary school), but I still had a little bit of exposure to it. So I was excited, but not as excited as some other people going into it. However, the atmosphere was so contagious that I was amped up and totally stoked to be there almost immediately. Honestly, it was like a rock concert in the gymnasium. When he came onstage, everyone was just screaming their lungs out, stamping their feet, and chanting “BILL BILL BILL BILL!” His speech was so interesting, and he was so charismatic (albeit slightly awkward), but the best part was the question-and-answer section afterwards. He said some really cool stuff about the place of art in a world that emphasizes science, and talked about the value of science education, and even discussed his stance on GMOs. I think everyone was interested in hearing about that, what with certain bills in Oregon being voted on in the next few weeks.

This picture is courtesy of Lewis and Clark - I wasn't lucky enough to sit this close!

Well, I am going to practice Japanese some more now. Any questions? Email me at jessicakostka@lclark.edu!

Until next time,


P.S. I'll just leave you with some pictures I took of campus during a break in the rain...


Hello again!

This last week I had a friend from home visiting me, which means I got to do all of the touristy things that everyone who's been here longer than two weeks claims to be above, even though they are great.

She came in on Tuesday night, so we didn't get started with our adventure until Wednesday. I planned Wednesday so that we could spend all day on campus. I had class most of the day, so I showed my friend Watzek, our library. It's a beautiful building, and my friend (who is very critical of libraries) liked it a lot. I took her on a tour of campus, and brought her to my environmental education class. We grabbed dinner in the Bon, had ukulele orchestra practice, and went to the Acapella OUTLoud! concert in the chapel. The acapella concert was put on to celebrate coming out day, as well as raise money to help homeless LGBT youth. Overall, I think my friend got a good taste of what life on the hill is like.

Thursday she stayed home while I went to my class in the morning, then we headed downtown to eat at the food carts and go to Powell's bookstore. After Powell's we went shopping at Buffalo Exchange, a thrift shop next door. We also stopped by the central library downtown (like I said, she enjoys critiquing libraries), and met a friend downtown for frozen yogurt.

Friday we stayed home and watched old musicals with another friend who came over. Around 10 PM we decided we wanted to go an adventure, so we went downtown again and went glow-in-the-dark mini-golfing at a place downtown called Glowing Greens. I took her to VooDoo donuts after that, since I think you get more out of the experience if you see the midnight-on-a-Friday crowd.

Saturday, her last day in Portland, my housemates took her downtown to the Portland State University farmer's market and to Saturday Market (where you can find a lot of crafty things) while I went to Tryon Creek State Park to help with their nature center program for children.

I'll step away from telling about my visit with my friend for a second to talk about what I'm doing at Tryon. For my environmental education class, we have a 20-hour practicum in or near Portland. I'm at Tryon, helping with their education program. On Friday morning I went over to the nature center and shadowed a nature guide doing a program about slugs for 4th graders. I learned a lot about teaching kids, as well as about slugs (they have 27,000 teeth!). Saturday the nature center had an open classroom where kids could come and see the animals and learn more about slugs. I ended up holding a snake for most of the time, and bonded with a little boy who had been afraid of snakes until he started interacting with the one I was holding. It was a cool experience.

Anyway, back to my friend- I met her downtown, and we grabbed dinner before she headed off to the airport. The rest of my weekend was a blur. Saturday night Bill Nye (the Science Guy!) spoke on campus. He was a really engaging speaker and it was a lot of fun. Sunday I went downtown again to go to the Portland Art Museum for my drawing class. We had to draw a couple of things from the current exhibit about World War I, and write a paper about the exhibit. After I finished up there, my housemate Annabel and I went to NW Portland to study at Tea Chai Te and get ice cream at Salt & Straw. Overall, an adventurous week.

Before I sign off, enjoy a couple of pictures of how beautiful campus was this week!
a double rainbow on Monday
Mt Hood this morning
Remember, email me if you have any questions or just want to know more about LC! My email is rekidder@lclark.edu.


26 October 2014

Fulbright and Some Australians

Hey all!
      I have been incredibly busy, so sorry for the late post. It seems like I am doing just as much work unrelated to my classes as I am doing related to my classes. I am happy to say that I finished my Fulbright application last week, during our fall break. YAYAYAY! It took a long, long time, but it's all done now. Do you all know what Fulbright is?
 For those of you interested in foreign language, international affairs, or promoting cultural understanding in general, this is a huge opportunity. I have been teaching English to immigrants and refugees for a few years in SE Portland, and it has completely influenced how I want to use my foreign language skills. Teaching them has inspired me to apply for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Colombia. There are a myriad of programs offered in hundreds of different countries to travel to through Fulbright. It is extremely competitive, but LC has a good track record of Fulbright scholars, so it is definitely worth a try. Last year twelve LC students and alumni were recipients. It seems like LC's ideals line up with Fulbright's, so keep that in mind during the college application process. I have included a link at the bottom of the page if you're interested.

Besides applications, thesis prep, and all the academics happening at my house, my lovely housemate Katherine Jernigan had three Australian friends visit. She met them during the LC Australia program. They stayed forever (just two weeks), and they were so much fun! Here is a picture of them exploring LC:

I hope you're all well and not stressing too much about college applications.

Here's the link for Fulbright: What is Fulbright?

20 October 2014

Enjoying nature

The semester is officially half way over.

Wait, what? Already? It seems as if it was only a week ago that I was moving into my room and trying to adjust to an entirely new life. Now school is in full swing. I have a biology test this Friday and a chemistry test next Wednesday. It's going to be an enjoyable few weeks in the library!

Another big part of these classes also the labs that are scheduled once a week. My favorite is my biology lab!

In bio lab, we are conducting studies on the effect of ivy in the Pacific Northwest. Doesn't catch your attention right away? Let me elaborate on the subject for you. Ivy was introduced here around 200 years ago as a garden decoration. Since it grows so quickly, it rapidly reproduced and invaded local forests. One forest where this is happened in particular is near the Lewis and Clark campus in Tryon State Park.

So for my lab, my group and I decided to do a study on the effects of ivy on native plant species. This means we have to go out into the forest in Tryon right next to campus to collect data for our experiment. Now being from a desert, I love being out here in the forest. It really is amazing to step outside and not melt away in five minutes.

So this past week my group (Anna Colando, Kelley Koeppen, and I) made a trip down to Tryon to inspect for plots of land that contains ivy. We made about a 30 minute hike down to the park, trying to navigate our way there without getting lost. Upon our arrival, we began mapping out the trails and started searching for ivy near the Nature Center. After about an hour of trying to search for ivy on three trails, we only found the tiniest scraps of ivy. Defeated for the day, we made the long trek back up to campus and called it a day.
Hiking in Tryon!

Kelly (left), Anna (right), and I in search of Ivy.

The next day we talked to our professor, and he told us we had been searching in the wrong area! In hindsight we had a good laugh, but my feet were a little sore the next day. I will definitely let everyone know the results of our experiment when we figure it out!

Until next week guys,

-Remington Campbell

P.S.- Here is a cool picture I took of campus the other day!

Walking by the Reflecting Pool on a rainy day!

Scheduling Shenanigans

Well, I can’t think about my King Lear paper anymore, so I’m going to take a break and write about something other than chaos and baseness and nothingness and fools and madmen. Instead, let’s just talk about day-to-day life at Lewis and Clark.

One great thing about college is you have a lot of freedom to choose your schedule. I particularly like how this term has turned out in that regard. Although in previous semesters I have had classes starting at 8am and 9:10am, this year, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I don’t start class until 11:30am! However, I usually don’t sleep in that late. I’m a light sleeper, so I usually wake up when my roommate starts moving around to get ready for her early classes. 

This morning (Monday), I got up when she left at around 9am, and right away I went out for a run. It’s so nice to be able to get that done before I even go to class, because I'll probably feel like I don’t have enough energy later in the day. I run at Tryon Creek State Park, which is right next door to campus. Today, it was raining. Of course it was! This is Portland, and it's October. Being in the rain is just something you get used to. It’s important to do all the things you would normally do despite the weather, and not use the rain as an excuse not to do things you enjoy. At least, that’s how I look at it. 

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed my rainy run, and afterwards, I shot an email to my mom to just check in and say hi, and listened to music. I always go to the dining hall at 11am as soon as it opens for lunch, so I have time to eat before Japanese. To give you some perspective on how small the campus is, it only takes me one minute to get from my room to the dining hall, and about five minutes to class (three if I power-walk). Then, Japanese, yoga, and philosophy are all right in a row, and I’m done with class for the day! So now I’m back in my room, and it’s time to study and catch up on my non-academic to-do list (like writing a blog entry J ). I feel like I have plenty of time to get everything done today. Of course, my Mondays are nothing compared to my Thursdays, when I have class from 8am until 12:30pm and then again from 1:50pm – 3:20pm, plus yoga club, and other events that might be planned, but I personally think one super busy day each week is a price I’m willing to pay for other, easier days.

Along those lines, my main concern right now is my schedule for future semesters. On Wednesday, I have my advising appointment where I meet with a professor in my department (English) to talk about academic matters. I need to decide what classes I’m taking next term. I will definitely take the second half of the English survey – Major Periods and Issues in English Literature – and another English class (probably Poetry Writing), and Japanese 102. Then, I still have one spot left over which needs to be filled. As it stands, I will probably not be able to fit my runs in before class anymore... Oh well. And since I’m a sophomore right now, things are really getting down to the wire in terms of long-term planning for the rest of college. The two big issues I have right now are declaring a major and applying for study abroad programs. I know I’m definitely an English major, but I still need to talk that over with my advisor, actually submit the major declaration form, and make a four-year plan. And since I’m studying Japanese, I’m hoping to study abroad in Japan. I’m not sure where in Japan I’ll go, because we actually have four different programs at Lewis and Clark that go to Japan, but I know I am going to go in the spring of my junior year. My backup plan is to go to Australia or London. I’ve always known I wanted to study abroad. Whether or not I would was never a question up for debate. The only question was where to go. I actually think that was a real reason why I chose Lewis and Clark over other schools. Lewis and Clark just has such an international focus. Here’s a link to all of our awesome study abroad programs!

Sorry if this entry was boring. I hope it was at least slightly informative. It’s just that most of what is on my mind right now is logistical planning, and schedules, and suchlike, so that’s what this entry ended up inevitably being about. I’ll write about something more “fun” next week! Like poetry slams and Bill Nye the Science Guy!

Any questions? Email me at jessicakostka@lclark.edu.


18 October 2014

And then there was... free time?

This last week was the Environmental Affairs Symposium!

It feels weird to say that, because I've been working on it for the last 11 months. We put a lot of time into it. Weekly (sometimes more often) meetings, lots of emails over the summer, talking with our keynotes and facilities and the venue we used for our keynote event- and now, after three days, it's done.
our fantastic logo, designed by some fantastic students
It was definitely a whirlwind. Monday evening we were supposed to have a movie event, but because everyone had just gotten back from fall break and because we hadn't been as good about publicity as we could have been, and because everyone was busy with midterms, we ended up canceling it due to low turnout. Tuesday was our keynote, which was held downtown at Ecotrust's Natural Capital building. It was a really cool venue, and we had pretty good turn out. The keynotes, Paul Robbins and Lesley Head, were amazing, and presented some extremely interesting research. Wednesday the keynotes presented again, about interdisciplinary studies, and were present for a lunch. Wednesday afternoon students presented academic sessions they'd been preparing since last spring, which included panelists from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Lesley and Paul both attended some of the sessions, as well. Thursday we held the last of the sessions, and then had our closing banquet. The banquet was bittersweet, but it was nice to be able to celebrate all the work we put into this.

On top of Symposium, I had the chance to catch up with and see a couple of friends this week who I haven't seen for a while. One of my friends, and a fellow co-chair of Symposium, is gone this semester since he went abroad on an environmental studies program to Japan this summer. He came back just for Symposium, and it was really fun having him here. This afternoon he came over along with a few other environmental studies friends to play ukulele at my house. I also had a friend from home come visit this week, and it was fun to show her around campus and introduce her to my friends here. On top of all of that, another friend from home is coming next week. It's so great to see people I haven't seen in a while, but it makes me sad that I can't see them more often.

Now that Symposium is over, I feel like I've had all this free time dumped on me. Up until Symposium, I was busy catching up with work because I had to leave for a couple of weeks earlier in the semester. Just as I got caught up, it was Symposium week, which rendered me incredibly busy. Now that it's all over, I'm not quite sure what to do with myself. I don't have that much homework this weekend, so I've been enjoying watching a lot of Netflix (Gilmore Girls! And the Mighty Ducks 2, last night) and as I already mentioned, playing ukulele.

And, the semester continues! I had a midterm last week (surprisingly, my only one this semester), and I have a drawing project due Monday. Next week my friend is visiting, Halloween is the week after that (protip: if you eat on campus, go to the Bon for dinner on Halloween. They go all out!), and two weeks after that is my birthday! Then Thanksgiving is only two weeks after that, and Finals only two more weeks after that! My, the time flies.

If you have any questions, please please email me at rekidder@lclark.edu! I welcome any and all questions!


13 October 2014

Fall Break

This week the school had Fall Break, which started on Thursday. Thankfully there were no classes on Thursday and Friday! While most people went home for Break, I stayed here on campus since we still had a home game for football.

While everyone was back home, I was still waking up early in the morning for practice. I know, total blast right? Well without classes, it was an extremely awesome extended weekend. With only football in the mornings, what is a college boy supposed to do with all this free time? If you guessed sleep you are spot on. It was great

Actually besides catching up on all of my sleep, I did find a way to keep myself busy. Wednesday night the Portland Timbers, the local Major League Soccer team, was playing and since I have never been to an MLS game I really wanted to attend. Fortunately, these past two weeks Student Activities has been selling tickets at a cheaper price to the students of Lewis and Clark! This is one of the things I love about college. There are so many different things that are easily accessible, whereas where I am from, there isn't a whole lot you can do.

So Wednesday after classes ended at 2:50, I took a nap. Well, the game wasn't until 7:30 so I had a little bit of time to kill. When I woke up from my nap, I went up the Bon (what the students call Fields Dining Room and pronounced bone) for dinner. Then my friends Mike Downey, Dylan Stacy, my roommate Jake Anderson, and I hopped on the Pio (the bus system the school provides). The Pio is a really great service we have here. It transports us downtown to SW Salmon St, which is in the middle of the city.

Once we reached downtown, we all stopped to grab a bite at the the food carts near the stadium. Then it was off to enter the the stadium, Providence Park! Let me tell you, the city of Portland knows how to support their sports teams. The entire place was a sea of green and white (Timbers Colors). Our seats were near the end of the stadium on the side of one of the goals, allowing us to see the entire field. Now on the opposite end of the stadium from us was the noisiest section of fans, the Timbers Army. I'm pretty sure my chemistry professor was among the rowdy crowd, which I think is awesome. Everytime the Timbers scored (they won 3-0 by the way) the entire crowd went nuts! I lost my voice from all the yelling. Also, throughout the entire game, the Timbers Army never once stopped chanting. Seeing that makes me want to go back every time to their games.
Dylan, I, and some random people behind us. Go Timbers!

Our view from our seats! Not too shabby. 

The Timbers game was definitely was the highlight of my fall break. After that, time flew by. I relaxed after practices and even got to play a little Xbox. Saturday was our first home game! After over a month of only road games, it was such a strange experience to wake up in my own bed after a good night of rest and have a home game. Unfortunately, we lost 44-7 but we have been looking much better. Then Sunday I watched football games all day with my friends.
Watching football with my friend, Drake Cain, in Copeland hall. 

So my fall break was a very successful restful days. Now I just have to make it to Thanksgiving!

Until next time everyone,

Remington Campbell

P.S- Here are a few more pictures from this weekend.
Penalty shot for the Timbers! Gooooaaaallll!

First home game. Go Pios!

Pretty awesome seats. 

Fall Break and Fall Festivities

Something that occasionally bothers me about being at college instead of at home is the relative lack of seasonal cheer and festivities. It feels like I leave during the summer, and then I spend four months at school just doing school things, and then I come back home and suddenly it’s Christmas time. I find myself asking: where did autumn go? So since it’s been fall break the last few days and I had some spare time, I decided to spice things up a bit and make sure I don’t miss the season this year. I bought things like apple cinnamon spice tea, candy corn, some fall decorations, and things to make toasted pecans. My roommate also got a pumpkin for the windowsill. 

Now, it’s officially autumn in Akin Hall!

And beyond our cozy room, the dining hall serves a lot of seasonal desserts like pumpkin mousse and carrot cake and maple cookies. Maggie’s, the on-campus convenience store and café, starts advertising pumpkin lattes and suchlike. Sometimes people go to a pumpkin farm on Sauvie Island nearby where there’s apparently a corn maze (though I’ve never been). Sometimes people dress up for Halloween and come to class in costume. Last year, I was Rose Tyler from Doctor Who. I don't know about this year though.

My roommate went home for the break, so it’s been pretty quiet. I actually didn’t feel like I had that much homework, but maybe that’s because it was the kind of homework that didn’t feel like homework, you know? I’m reading King Lear for English right now, and it’s just so much fun that it’s not work. I’ve read it once before, and I’ve seen a production of it at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, so I’m already sort of familiar with it. It’s fantastic to just slowly meander through it again and tease out all the details and themes and really get to know the characters. I love being an English major… Here’s an example of something we read and discussed in my English class a few weeks ago.

It’s a poem called “The Wanderer” translated from Old English. It deals with ideas of transience and the fleetingness of life and, as my professor says, it has a very ‘post-apocalyptic’ feel to it. Very melancholy, very eerie and haunting. To be honest, I actually didn’t get that much out of it on my first reading, but my professor led such a wonderful discussion that I learned a lot from him and my classmates, and even ended up contributing to the discussion. By the end of class, the poem ranked among my favorites. Reading literature and poetry is so much better when one gets to discuss it afterwards.

If you have any questions, email me at jessicakostka@lclark.edu. I'm happy to answer them!


Fall Break

Hello everyone!

I just got back last night from my fall break trip! I went home to Minnesota, and it was wonderful. This was my first year going home for fall break, and even though it was short, it was very nice.

Wednesday I finished up my last class at 5:30, so I went to hang out by the bus stop until it came around 6:15. Lewis & Clark has a very convenient shuttle service downtown that runs about every hour. The bus, or as students call it, the Pio (short for Pioneer Express) makes stops at Fred Meyer, a grocery store, as well as downtown. It also has flag stops along the way, one of which is right next to my house. A couple of times a week I ride it to and from school, usually when I have too many things than I can carry on my bike. Wednesday was one of those days, since I had all of my drawing supplies.

Anyway, I was waiting for the Pio, and as it turns out, so were about 100 other people. Everyone was really excited and amped up because it was officially fall break, so there were a lot more people heading downtown than there usually are on a Wednesday. When the Pio came, I tried to squeeze my way on, but it was too full. This was a little stressful, since I had to make a plane, but I called my friend who had generously offered to give me a ride, and she agreed to pick me up on campus and run by my house with me so that I could get my bags.

Eventually I made it to the airport, at which point I flew to San Francisco before taking a red eye home. It was a long time to spend in a plane, but getting home was worth it. I spent Thursday just hanging out at home and catching up on sleep. That night all my Minneapolis cousins and aunts/uncles got together for dinner. Friday morning was spent running some errands, and after my sister got out of school we drove up to Duluth. Duluth is a really pretty port city on Lake Superior. My family used to drive up to the North Shore of Lake Superior every fall, so it was fun to do it again.

Saturday we drove further up the North Shore, getting pie, stopping in shops, and hiking around. It was really nice. That evening we drove back down to the cities. Sunday morning I hung out some more at home, and I left in the afternoon.

Gooseberry Falls State Park in Minnesota. The fall colors were very vibrant and nice.

It was a really nice break, and was needed. This week is going to be insanely busy- it's finally Environmental Affairs Symposium week! We are kicking off the event tonight with an "Anthropocene in Movies" event. Tomorrow we have the keynote event downtown, and we have student run sessions throughout Wednesday and Thursday. Then, we have our closing banquet!

On top of that, one of my friends from home is visiting me, and I have a midterm on Thursday.

Even though I'm busy, I always have time to answer questions! Feel free to email me at rekidder@lclark.edu if you have any questions.


07 October 2014

España, Qué Bonita

    I was going to talk about my classes and applying for Fulbright, but instead I just want to talk about Spain. I participated in two LC study abroad programs: Seville, Spain and Strasbourg, France. I went to Seville my sophomore year and it was amazing, glorious, and delicious. I cannot describe how much I enjoyed it. Every time I speak Spanish, I feel a visceral joy because I am reminded of Seville, my friends there, and the moments when I learned each new word. 

This weekend, I was asked to talk to the next group of students participating in the program. Lewis & Clark hosts pre-abroad meetings to help students get ready for the trip, which gives them a chance to talk about their hopes and fears besides all the logistical stuff. I got to relive my experience when I talked to them about what to go and see:
 (La Catedral de Sevilla)

about making friends:

(Other LC students and I hanging out with our Spanish speaking partners, "Intercambios," during La Feria, a spring festival when everyone wears traditional flamenco clothing. I'm on the left, wearing a dress that my Spanish friend Cristina let me borrow.)

(LC students just before our flamenco party at El Centro Norte Americano, our school)

about what to eat:

 (My friend Nick and I about to eat some paella. This was a serving size for two, hence Nick's uneasy expression)

and what to do during free time:

(My roommate Charlotte and I in Chefchaouen, Morocco during Spring break)

(Doing homework at a river café, a typical afternoon in Seville)

I talked about the problems I faced there too. It was, of course, difficult in the beginning, when I was struggling with the language. I started Spanish at LC, and I went to Spain after only 3 semesters of Spanish class. For the first month I was pretty silent, and there were some interesting and funny mess-ups and confusions. But, being there was the best thing that could have happened. After going abroad, I progressed so much and now I am comfortable, happy even, when I speak it.

Here is a link to all the study abroad programs at LC:


You will not be disappointed!

Also, if ya have any questions or want to know more, e-mail me at marissaburke@lclark.edu !

06 October 2014

Trying New Things

Lewis and Clark offers many different clubs and activities for a wide variety of students to join, such as Club Soccer, the Biology Club, or even the Gun Club. Either joining clubs or participating in random sports that are happening right outside in Griswold Stadium or by the Reflecting Pool. Despite studying all week for my chemistry test this week and practicing for football, I still found time to take my mind off all the stress from this week. 

As I was on my way back to my dorm room on Friday after classes, I passed by and stopped to chat with a few friends who were warming up to play a game of rugby. Now just so you know, I have absolutely no clue about the first rule of rugby. I have never played it before and I haven’t even seen it on TV. So naturally when they asked if I wanted to join in on their pick up game, I was extremely hesitant. Thankfully it was only two hand touch and not a full blown tackle game. I would NOT enjoy being demolished by some of the bigger guys that showed up. Despite not knowing anything, everyone was really friendly towards me. They helped explain some of the rules to me and were encouraging to everyone who showed up. I even started to get the hang of it and managed to make a few good plays at the end!
Taking a break from the game! This was in front of the
reflecting pool.

For not knowing a single thing about rugby, it was a great experience to get out and make some new friends beyond the football team. I’m sure most you of you have heard this a hundred times before, but really try different things while in college! There are so many different people and new clubs to discover. I know for one that I will be trying many more new adventures, like the Ski and Snowboard Club or the Gun Club!
If you are like me, you have barely seen one of these before.

Until next time guys, enjoy!

-Remington Campbell

Since I didn't add a picture of me from in my last post, this
is me! Go Pios!

Bakin' in Akin

Caution: this entry is going to be all about food.

Ever heard of the term stress-baking? It’s sort of like stress-eating, except you’re frantically making food for other people instead of just snarfing it yourself. Stress-bakers and stress-eaters actually have a symbiotic relationship. Take my roommate Sully and myself, for example. It’s midterms. We’re both stressed out. To cope with her stress, she takes all her cooking supplies to the kitchen down the hall and starts making cream cheese and strawberry jam French toast sandwiches. To cope with my stress, all I have to do is follow her to the kitchen and eat the cream cheese and strawberry jam French toast sandwiches that magically appear in front of me!

Ok, so she doesn't just make them for me. Everyone gets some. So, I guess there only needs to be one stress-baker to every six or seven stress-eaters to make the relationship work. Stress-bakers are crucial because college students really can’t get together and hang out or study or whatever without food. While Sully was making us French toast last night, we all were just curled up in the Akin Hall lounge studying for our various midterms. It was a big, food-centered, homework party! This happens in our dorm quite a lot. I was trying to edit my English paper as I ate, but I mostly ended up just laughing at everyone’s conversations.

Even though I don’t stress-bake, I do make food sometimes. Very rarely. Apple-yam-raisin-cinnamon bake, anyone? I made that earlier in the semester. Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as the one my mom makes at home.

I don’t usually cook for myself besides breakfast, which doesn't count because I usually just have almond butter on toast or an apple or something. For actual meals, I rely on the Bon (which is what we call the dining hall, since it’s catered by Bon Appetit) for 14 meals a week – lunch and dinner on the weekdays and brunch and dinner on the weekends. Sometimes the food is weird, but usually, it’s delicious. And occasionally picturesque. I mean, how often does your lunch look like this?

It’s tacos with beans, meat, rice, cheese, sour cream, and sides of green beans and peppers and mushrooms. I was so proud of my self-serve creation that I took a picture. Also, although I personally enjoy eating animals (sorry not sorry), there are always vegan and vegetarian options, which to be honest are sometimes more delicious than the meat and dairy options! So if you don’t want to eat animals, or if you want to practice clean and sustainable eating habits with minimum impact on the planet, fear not! You will not be alone. The Bon will provide. All hail the Bon. Bon is love. Bon is life. 

P.S. If you don't want to eat at the Bon, you can always go downstairs to the Trailroom and use one of your meal swipes to get pizza or a burger or something.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this entry. I was feeling sort of silly and off-beat after a long day in class, so my writing inevitably turned out sort of silly and off-beat. I promise I'll write about something that isn't food next time, and as always, if you have any questions, email me at jessicakostka@lclark.edu.