30 November 2016

Thanksgiving Break

Can we please get a few more days of Thanksgiving break? It went by way too quickly. It was incredibly enjoyable to relax the past few days and not even think about school at all. Since my brother and I stayed here for the break, both of us and two of our teammates who live next to me and who also stayed here over break decided to have our own Thanksgiving meal. The day before Thanksgiving we found a little Mexican market in Tigard, which is about twenty minutes from here, and got ourselves some carne asada to cook for the day.  Carne asada is thin, marinated beef that is grilled. We cut it up into little slices and serve it in tortillas. We also got some beans, rice, and salsa. It's a favorite from home, so we had that instead of turkey.

It turned out really great. We spent most of the morning barbecuing in the rain and preparing the meal that we ate in the middle of the day. After we had our fill, we sat around watching the football games that were on that day. We all took turns taking naps. My brother even fell asleep for three hours! Other than watch football, we played ping pong at times. It was a nice way to spend Thanksgiving since we had to be away from home.

The rest of the break, the four of us didn’t do much else besides hang around and watch football. We even woke up early Saturday morning to watch the Michigan vs. Ohio State game. The twin teammates who live next to me are huge Michigan fans and were going crazy over the game until the very end when Michigan lost.

Since it's almost December, it has become very cold here. There is even a chance of snow next week before classes end! I have never seen snow here on campus, but last year it did snow after we left for the break. Since it has been snowing so much, I plan on going up to Mt. Hood this weekend to go snowboarding. I am really excited for it. Stay tuned!

That’s all for this week.


27 November 2016

Thanksgiving Break and Back to Work

Hello All,

This last week—well officially only Thursday and Friday—was our Thanksgiving break.  My schedule worked out surprisingly well and I was able to drive home with my mom on Monday night. The voyage home was much simpler than last year, when I had to fly in on Thanksgiving morning at 6 am.  Needless to say, I preferred my break this year.

Seeing family and friends from home is always great, and my Thanksgiving break this year was particularly celebratory as one of my cousin’s learned he’d been admitted to medical school the night before! Unfortunately, and as with all breaks it seems, Thanksgiving break seemed to fly very quickly.

The week before was registration week, and I was fortunate enough to get into all of the classes I needed for my major requirements! Because I’m doing a double major—Political Science and Sociology and Anthropology—and also because I’m a transfer student, I'm choosing to take 21 credits next semester, which will undoubtedly be a challenge. I hope to keep you all updated with my packed schedule next semester, as I’m equally unsure just what to expect!

I finish each post with a cheap joke, as I believe humorous puns are the spice of life, and we could all use a joke at the present time. Additionally, I add a “Song of the Week” in order for you readers to get to know me more personally.

Cheap Joke Monday: Why do cows were bells?
Their horns don't work!

Song of the Week: “Lost on You” by LP

For any questions, comments, or cheap jokes you’d like to share with me, you may contact me via email at zack@lclark.edu.

Revenge is a Dish Best Served...

…on Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately since it is 12 hours travel home and 12 hours back, it didn’t make sense for me to go home over Thanksgiving break.  My roommate, however, went home and this left me the perfect opportunity to exact my revenge.  She is one of my best friends and, as friends do, spends part of her time finding ways to annoy me.  After insisting that I watch a strange YouTube video, she has been hiding sticky notes in my stuff with “Noot Noot!” written on them.  I’ve gone to class and found them in my notebooks, I’ve pulled them out of my molecular modeling kit, I’ve removed them from drawers, I’ve found them in my stack of sticky notes, I’ve discovered them in my pillow, I’ve found them hidden behind desk decorations; there’s hardly a place that has escaped having a sticky note at one point or another.

While doing grocery shopping for this weekend I happened across a cheap pack of 400 sticky notes. (By ‘happened,’ I really mean ‘went looking for’).  So I spent a few hours of Thanksgiving writing ‘noot’ 800 times and covering her side of the room in sticky notes.  About 300 of them are visible and the other 100 are hidden in various places such as coat pockets and under her desk.  I kind of like all the sticky notes, the colors help brighten up the room now that the weather has turned.  As I said, they were cheap, so they are beginning to unstick and drift down to the floor like neon-colored snowflakes, but it still looks pretty impressive.

Please feel free to email me at ameliaberle@lclark.edu if you have any questions

26 November 2016

Thanksgiving, Dance, and a Surprise!

Hey friends!!!

**also theres a surprise at the end**

Happy Thanksgiving Week! This week was really nice, we all needed a break from school. I  had Monday and Tuesday classes and I got really lucky and had my Wednesday class cancelled. I was able to bolt bus home on Tuesday and have an extra day at home with my mom. Since we're in Seattle and it's not really where my "home" is, I don't have friends here (that sounds really sad, but it's not bad). My mom and I just had a relaxing Thanksgiving. We didn't do the traditional turkey, in fact we never do. We went out for dim sum and Chinese food instead! :D

Din Tai Fung in Seattle!
We spent Black Friday taking a long 6 mile walk along Lake Washington.

Lake Washington
The only thing with Thanksgiving break is that when we get back we have exactly a week and a half of classes until FINALS. What?!? The semester moves so incredible fast. I have an invertebrate Zoology lab practical exam on Friday and tech every single day this week :O ahh. I'm so so so excited about Dance X but it's getting really busy. We had our tech day last weekend when we set everything with the lights and music and it looks great :D I'm really excited. Our dance is going to perform in the spring at ACDA (American College Dance Association) where we can be judged and critiqued.  

Dance X 2016!!!

Anyways, so a lot has been happening and the rest of the semester is a whirlwind. I have a surprise for all of you too! The LC Admissions office has set up a snapchat where you can get an look at the day of an LC student and I'm going to be doing the snapchat takeover FRIDAY Dec. 2! I'll take you along to my classes and maybe a quick shot of the InvertZo lab, behind the scenes of Dance X and backstage. So be sure to check out snapchat this coming Friday!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving whether you were home and with family or with friends or where ever you were I hope it was a day you were surrounded by love and thanks :)

As always if you have any questions you can reach me at ksaylor@lclark.edu 
Cheers for now, I'll see you Friday!

22 November 2016

Weekend on the Coast

This past week, my fellow RA’s in Copeland Hall had our staff retreat over the weekend. We traveled out to the coast of Oregon in Lincoln City where we rented a beach house for a day and a half. The house we stayed in was big enough for all eleven of us, and it was right next to the beach. It was so nice to wake up in the morning and  look out at the ocean. We got there on Friday night, and spent the rest of the night playing games and just enjoying each other’s company.  We played this really fun game called Werewolf. The whole point is that players are given cards and two people have the werewolf card, but no one can know who has which card. The players have to discover who the werewolves are by asking questions, and it leads to a lot of crazy arguments that are a lot of fun.

Saturday, once everyone was awake, we went down to the beach to walk around and take it in. We all walked around for a while and took some pictures. Some of us (not me) were brave enough to go run into the water. After we spent some time on the beach, we all went back to the house and spent the day relaxing and taking naps. That night we did a few team bonding activities, and then played Werewolf again. It was a great weekend to get away from school and relax.

Yesterday the football team had our awards banquet to celebrate the end of the year. It was good to see everyone back together and to have a night where we could enjoy ourselves.. At the awards ceremony, I was awarded the Defensive Captain for this year. It was really cool to get this award because the team voted for the awards and picked me for it.

With Thanksgiving this week, my brother and I are staying here for the break since it is such a short break. We will be making food here and catching up on some rest. We will definitely be watching some football. Until next week everyone.


Coach Kopp and I with my award. 

Tryon Creek

This week marked the start of a conservation project I am leading through SLS (Student Leadership and Service).  Twice a week between now and the end of the semester I will be leading trips to pull ivy in Tryon Creek State Natural Area, the nearby park.  English ivy is an invasive species here.  It has been called the kudzu of the northwest because of its propensity to take over an area and cause damage to trees.  The best removal method, at least close to trails, is pulling it by hand.  After a day of homework it feels really good to get out and do some physical labor. Plus, you’re helping the park both by removing ivy and the number of service hours they get are matched by donations.
An hour's work
If you’re not thrilled with the idea of getting coated in mud, SLS also has a lot of other volunteer opportunities.  The best way to hear about what is available is to get on their mailing list.  Interested?  Send an email to leadserve@lclark.edu
The best part about volunteering is making friends
Registration update: Wednesday was my second round of registration for next spring’s classes.  I’m happy to say I got into every class I wanted.  Next semester I’ll be in Computer Science II, Organic Chemistry II, Calculus II, and Investigations in Cell & Molecular Biology.  I know not everyone loves the way we register for classes, but I think our system is fantastic compared to the ones my friends at other schools go through.  We register in two parts; if you get an early slot first round, you’ll get a late one second round and vice versa.  I have friends at other schools who have had semesters they didn’t get into a single class they wanted because they had a bad registration time.  Here you always get into at least one of the classes you're interested in.

Feel free to contact me at ameliaberle@lclark.edu if you have any questions.