31 January 2017

Welcome to Week 3!

L&C has been in session for a week and a half now and things are finally calming down enough for me to get back to writing.  In case you, like my brother, are just starting to look for colleges I will go ahead and introduce myself.  My name is Amelia Berle, I’m a sophomore and a Biology/Computer Science double major.  Currently I am working as a Lab Assistant for Bio 151 (our introductory genetics course) and when I am back home I run a summer/winter camp for Cub Scouts.  My hobbies include fire spinning, scouts, and identifying edible plants.  This is my second year writing for Real Life and if you have questions about anything I do you can send me an email at ameliaberle@lclark.edu.

Organic Chemistry II Lab
Since I am double majoring in two sciences, you should be unsurprised to learn that I am taking only STEM courses.  This semester I have Cell & Molecular Biology, Organic Chemistry II, Calculus II, and Computer Science II.  We are already in the thick of things for the two labs (biology and chemistry).  In bio we have started working on experiments with fruit enzymes and in chemistry we just finished our first experiment with the Wittig reaction.  I really enjoy science, so in my posts you’ll likely see updates about how these experiments are going. 

Biology 200 (Cell & Molecular) Lab

Not only classes have begun, the clubs are starting up as well.  Fire Arts has had three practices so far and we’re getting the hang of it again after more than a month without practice.  I have added a few pictures below, you should expect to see many of these in the coming months.

Questions?  Send me an email at ameliaberle@lclark.edu

Back to School

It has been quite a few busy weeks since being back here on campus after a great break. It has already been a lot of work for classes. I definitely needed to be home over the holidays and spending time with family. The best part was not having to worry about any homework and getting to relax. Over the break, I mostly worked in the feedlot where I spend the summer working, but I also got to do some fun things. For my birthday, my girlfriend Ava got us tickets to  see the San Diego Gulls, a minor league hockey team, play. It was a lot of fun! The tickets were fairly cheap, and we were able to sit super close to the ice and watch the game. We also went to Universal Studios, and got to see Harry Potter World! It was so cool to finally experience  Hogwarts in (real) life. It was like being a kid all over again.

In case you haven’t seen it, Portland has had crazy weather over the past month and a half. Right before we left for winter break, snow cancelled finals. When we returned from break, Portland had just gotten the biggest snowstorm ever, which cancelled the first day back to school. Now they are saying we might  have snow again this week, which would be insane! This year is the first year I have ever seen snow fall in the city of Portland, and it has been amazing. The whole city shuts down if there is even an inch.  Campus is super beautiful with all the snow.

Other than the snow, school is moving on. It is going to be another busy semester. Thankfully my five hour lab for…. is on Mondays this semester so that means I finish it early in the week. My schedule will be a little bit easier this semester because football doesn’t take up as much time, so I am able to focus more on my work. At the moment, all we do is run and lift in the mornings in order to  get  stronger.

Well, that is all for now, and hopefully it does snow!


One of my birthday presents, since I turned 21!

My bosses dog Nic, who I get to watch sometimes.

Harry Potter world. 

Portland got up to a foot of snow, which is unheard of. 

View of campus and Mt. Hood. 

30 January 2017

Sick Week

Hey friends,

This past week was sort of a blur, I was sick the entire week so it wasn't a very exciting week. I finally have my schedule starting to be finalized. I am (and now officially enrolled) in Cellular Biology 200, Organic Chemistry 220, Calculus II 132, and Brain and Behavior 280. I am also in Dance Y and I'm doing a dance for both Latin America and South East Asia for the International Fair, I'm helping to co-lead the hip hop club, and continuing my Dance X piece in preparation for the ACDA conference. I've got a very heavy dance semester, but I'm really excited!

No such thing as too many dance photos... Another Dance X 2016 pic

I've also been working on my overseas application so I can hopefully travel to Australia in the spring of 2018! Lewis and Clark has a fantastic study abroad department and you can check it out here. I'm looking at the biology Australia program where I'd be able to study the biogeography and history of Australia as well as an intensive poisons and venoms course taught by Greta Binford, the professor who taught the Invertebrate Zoology course I took last semester.

This week has been decently dull, mostly just planning and trying to sleep and get healthy again, so hopefully this next week I will have more exciting things to report. One exciting thing though!My birthday is this Sunday and I'm turning 20! That's a scary thought...

If you ever have questions about anything at LC or if you just want to chat you can always reach me at: ksaylor@lclark.edu

19 January 2017

Welcome Back!

Hey friends!

Welcome back to Real Life/ if you're just checking this out for the first time, welcome!

If you're new, my name is Kate Saylor, I’m a sophomore and I’m majoring in biology on the pre-med track.

I work at a ton of places across campus such as the College Outdoors program, I worked in the bookstore last semester, I work with the admissions office and I'm involved with a little bit of the ISLC and TCK program (international students and third culture kids). So if you have any questions about any of those LC programs please reach out!

I love to dance, and I've been a part of LC's dance community dancing in Dance X and Dance Y for every performance, as well as Hip Hop Club. In March I'm also going to be attending ACDA! My choreographer from Dance X this past fall is bringing our dance to the American College Dance Association to be adjudicated by professionals to receive feedback. While we're there we will also be able to take master classes every day and I am over the moon excited! I'm also a member of the Pugilism Club. If you have any questions you can always reach me at ksaylor@lclark.edu

Dance X 2016!

I have much more about me on my first blog post: http://reallifelc.blogspot.com/2016/10/hi-friends.html

So the new semester has just begun but I've been on campus since January 4th receiving my Wilderness First Responder Certificate with Nols Edu as part of my work with College Outdoors, but also as a step in my pre-med work and for other jobs down the road. It was an incredible course, I learned loads and had tons of fun. We had a few hiccups with the weather since it's been a record snow fall winter! The campus is always pretty stunning, but it's drop dead gorgeous in the snow!

View overlooking the reflecting pool and Mt. Hood

Sunny and Snowy Campus!

With the new year and new semester, I have new classes too. I'm continuing my organic chemistry course, starting Biology200 which is cellular biology and the rest of my schedule is coming along but hopefully I will be in Calculus 2 and maybe Brain and Behavior...

Also with this new year, I'm also starting out some new resolutions (let's see how long they last...) but a small group of my friends and I have begun to train for the Portland Marathon next October! With the snow, it's been slightly challenging, but it hasn't stopped us! We went for a 5 mile run in Tryon the other day. Tryon is a beautiful nature sanctuary right next to LC. It's full of beautiful forest and some streams. If you take Biology 141/151 or Chemistry 120 you'll have a few excursions for experiments! It's a great place if you want a little nature break or if you want to go for a run.

Beautiful and Sunny Tryon

Anyways, I shall be posting every week, probably more towards the weekend.

As always I'm always here if you have any questions at ksaylor@lclark.edu

Cheers for now~