23 April 2017

Kayaking and the LAST WEEK!

Hey friends!

We're winding down (finally) and we just finished our last full week of school!!! (AHHHHHHHHH)

My last day of class is Wednesday and you'll be able to catch me doing the snapchat take over one last time! Wednesday I'll take you to my classes and around campus, Wednesday is my easy day, I have no labs and no work, so I might even show you the pio bus and downtown... catch me on snap @lclarkpioneers 

This week we have class Monday-Thursday, and Friday is a reading day. Reading days are just study days, although pro tip: DO NOT wait until reading days to start studying.

I can't say I've been all that productive though, last weekend I lead a CO Kayaking trip and this weekend I went on a kayak training trip.

For the day trip we went out to Scapoose Bay, and just had a very relaxing day. The training trip was much more action. We stayed close by and went into the Willamette (the rive below campus that runs through Oregon) and learned correct paddle strokes, how to give a paddle talk, how to wet exit if you flip your boat and how to recuse someone else who has flipped their boat - and how to ultimately re-flip it right side up (if you could follow that jumble of words, props to you). It was a really good trip and I learned a lot of useful information.

Kayak day trip 

Yesterday was also the March for Science, Earth Day and the Spring Carnaval. I've never gone to the carnival because I've been on a CO trip both years, but they have all sorts of rides and games, theres a petting zoo, and of course cotton candy. It's just a nice thing the school does for us in the spring before we lock ourselves away for finals.

I hope to catch you on snapchat on Wednesday, and next week will be my last post of the year!
It's been a pleasure writing for the blog and being able to connect with you all. I hope that you kind of have a better idea of what student life can be like at LC if you chose to come here, and ultimately you'll all find a school that works for you.

Kate <3

15 April 2017

Dance Y and Wrapping Up the Semester

Hey friends!

Quick throwback from last weekend, in my last post I talked about Lu'au but it hadn't happened by the time the post went up so heres a little screen shot. It was INCREDIBLE! So many hula dances by tons of people, some fire arts and even a piece by professors! (My chem professor, Casey Jones - who is WONDERFUL performed and it was so great :) ) 
(From last week! This was Lu'au -- it was FABULOUS!)
I hope you caught my snap chat take over on Thursday, I had a blast doing it again! In case you missed it I took you around campus and then to the backstage of Dance Y. We unfortunately just finished last night and now dance is done for the semester :'( But it was so so great! 
BTS of Dance Y from my snap takeover 
Snap take over :) 
Dance Y only gets 2 performances, where Dance X has 4, but there were a great two performances. The show was really short this year, but it was such a blast. This week has been really good, the weather is finally getting a bit nicer and we're so close that the excitement for summer is taking over. 

We're wrapping up all the labs this next week and finals are in 12 days (AHHH SCREAMING INTERNALLY CAUSE I'M NOT READY) lol. I'm really excited though. I have my final schedule all set as well as my class schedule for next semester! I'll be taking a short break from labs before my bio intensive spring study abroad and taking Disease Ecology as my bio class, then aquatic chem, intro to computer science, Chinese 201, and then Cross Cultural Psych - which I'm super super excited for! It'll be a great schedule with really interesting classes. I'll be continuing my work with College Outdoors and up at the grad campus, but since I have no labs I might start working on the Natural History Collection with the bio department.

Yesterday was also Festival of Scholars. People present projects they've been working on all semester/year and seniors present their thesis'. We get the day off classes to support our peers and going to presentations. A lot of my friends who did the Natural History Collection this year presented posters at FOS. 

It's been a busy week, but it was really good, we ended it with another high note and last night my friends and I cooked dinner in the Holmes kitchen after my performance. We made gyoza, edamame, mochi and a prawn and udon dish. We all just hung out and had a good meal together :) 

Dinner with friends! 

It'll just keep getting better, it's a sunny day today and I'm downtown in my home off campus at Starbucks working on hw and writing this blog :) Tomorrow I'm leading a CO trip for Sea Kayaking! It'll all super exciting, and just a good time in the year. 

This is getting long, but I was excited to share everything thats been happening. If you have any questions or want to hear more about my life at LC you can always reach me at ksaylor@lclark.edu!\


12 April 2017

Luau and a Busy week

It is crazy that the semester is almost over. We only have about three weeks of school before all of us head home for the summer, and we don’t have to worry about any more finals. This past week has been really hard. I had a p chem better spell it out test and a biochemistry lab paper both due today, and it has been a pretty long week of working late trying to get both done. My lab partner and I have been chipping away at the paper for the past week, and we finally finished it yesterday. It is probably one of the longest papers I have ever written (2500 words), and I am very glad to have it completed . Now that today is over with, I get to relax and take some time off from school.  Fortunately for me, Friday we do not have classes because it is the Festival of Scholars, where seniors present any projects they have been working on over the whole year. So it will be nice to go see those presentations instead of going to class.

This past weekend, the Hawaii Club here on campus had their annual luau. The Bon caters the event and makes Hawaiian food, which was really good this year. We have quite a few people on campus from Hawaii, and this club helps promote their Hawaiian culture. Of course it is for anyone to join, and there are quite a few of my teammates who are in it. It was held in Pamplin Gym so that it could fit everyone from the school and families who came to the luau. At the end of dinner, all the people in the Hawaii Club do traditional dances such as the haka and the hula, as well as several others. Also, there were fire dancers that had batons with fire at the end that got to present their skills as well. My favorite part of the whole night, though, was that they had shaved ice with ice cream at the bottom, which was absolutely delicious!

With school almost over with, things are going to be really hectic before we can move out. With finals only a few weeks away, I will be staying busy studying. Another thing I will be doing is  helping others pack up and move out since I am a resident advisor.l. Right now we are just starting to plan that out.

That's all for this week.


11 April 2017

Ethnobotany and Waterfalls

This weekend I helped with the Ethnobotany and Waterfalls hike with College Outdoors.  We drove out to the Columbia Gorge and spent most of our time on the Washington side (where it gets a bit more sun so the flowers are further along).  This winter has been unusually cold and long so the wildflowers weren’t as exceptional as they have been previously, but it was still beautiful. 

Before the trip a few people had canceled so they decided to fill the rest of the trip with other student coordinators. Basically, they filled the trip with leaders so the leaders could learn valuable skills (plant identification, practice leading, practice organizing a CO trip).  Out of the dozen that went on the trip, seven were in one leadership role or another.  We were all amused by that.

Since I am still learning the local plants, I wasn’t as helpful as I normally am with edible plant hikes. It felt kind of weird, but when we stopped by a rest area (with the usual bunch of weeds/non-natives) I was right at home showing everyone plantain, dandelions, lamb’s ear, clover, and black locust.  Admittedly, the native plants are prettier, but it got me feeling helpful again.  I’m a lot better with the natives now after this trip so that’s always good.  I swear I must have over a hundred pictures of plants from that trip.

Want more information on College Outdoors? Check out their website

Have any questions? Feel free to send me an email at ameliaberle@lclark.edu

08 April 2017

Australia, Dance Y and Snapchat!

Hey friends,

First week back and it seems everyone is sick, including myself... which is no fun, but hopefully it'll pass soon. Even though I've been under the weather this week, exciting news because next year I'll be going DOWN UNDER! I got accepted into the Australia Biology Study Abroad program!!!!! I can't wait and I am so so so excited!!

It is really crazy how little time we have left! Spring break is over and we only have 4 weeks to go - which is now 3. This means all the classes are winding down and performances are coming up!

Dance Y performances are this week on Thursday and Friday! And SURPRISE! I'll be taking over the snapchat @lclarkpioneers on Thursday, I'll be taking you to my chemistry and biology lab as well as some other classes and then a behind the scenes to Dance Y. If any of you caught my BTS of Dance X, this will be a little bit different so be sure to tune in!

Dance Y 2016

Even though it's spring it hasn't been too warm and sunny, yesterday we had a huge wind storm and today is Lu'au. Lu'au is an event put on by the Asia and Pacific Islander's and Hula Club. Its normally outside on the lawn, theres hula dancing, fire spinning, music and a BBQ. (Unfortunately, being in Portland, the last two years I've been here it's been forced inside due to weather.) But it's a really cool and fun event that gets you in the mood for summer and warm weather :)

With the end of term also comes a fair amount of work and crunch time. We're wrapping up our 4 week independent chemistry lab finding the identity of two unknowns: a solid and liquid. We've done a series of tests that we've learned over the year: IR, NMR, CNMR, solubility, steam distillation, and melting point. We're finishing up our bio lab using gel electrophoresis and PCR to analyze DNA. 

Be sure to tune into snapchat on Thursday and I can show you the labs and then Dance Y! 

As always if you have any questions you can reach me at ksaylor@lclark.edu 

:) ~Kate 

04 April 2017

Back from Break

Spring break is over now and most, if not all, of the students have returned.  Monday classes were kind of bare, but the same was true of the Friday preceding break.  I went home for during the week and spent most of my time building stuff for my summer camp.  I teach 7-10 year old boys about nature and the environment so I was building a watershed table.  Basically I’m building a waterproof landscape for the youth to pour water on and watch how it flows and collects pollutants on its way down.  I had friends visit to help me with construction so it was a lot of fun.

Today’s special event was Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s.  Three of us took the Pio downtown after dinner to get free ice cream.  For the most part it didn’t rain on us which was nice.  Pioneer square is about a fifteen minute walk from Shattuck Hall (the current Pio stop), but it doesn’t feel nearly that long if you have company.

Fire Arts is busily working on our performance for the Luau.  Our performance is very traditional so all the performers work with the more traditional props, fire knives and poi, and wear lava-lavas (a small skirt like piece of clothing).  The luau is this Saturday so everyone is rushing to finish their choreography and to test the new tricks they have up their sleeves.  (There may or may not be somersaults and cartwheels during the show).  Even if we are a bit frantic, everyone is looking forward to it.

Questions? Email me at ameliaberle@lclark.edu 

03 April 2017

A Quick Spring Break

What a good spring break it was! My brother and I went home for the week, and we really needed it. Last Thursday after school was done, we drove home all the way back to Brawley, which is about an 18 hour drive. Even though it was really long, we drove through the night because we both really wanted to get home and get some sunshine. As soon as we rolled into town, we went to one of our favorite food places in town before we even went home. We went to Nana Dora’s, which has really good Mexican food (tacos especially) and sweet iced tea. Once we finished eating, we went home, where we both immediately went to sleep to catch up after all of the driving we had done.
That Saturday my whole family went up to the mountains for the weekend to get away and enjoy some cooler weather. (It had been in the 90s all week there!) It was amazing up in the mountains since California has finally had a lot of rain. All of the desert flowers were in full bloom, which was incredibly beautiful to see. It was slightly weird for me though, since I am not used to seeing that area so green. Sunday we went offroading in the hills behind our campground, and even drove along the international border. It is always weird to hear people talking about the border in faraway Portland, and then go home to actually see the physical fence that separates the borders. We did see several Border Patrol vehicles while we went for the drive, but they didn’t stop us.
After that weekend, I spent the next several days riding around with the veterinarian that I usually work with at home in the Imperial Valley and over in Arizona, mainly Casa Grande. It was a lot of hard work, but I really enjoy doing stuff like that. I got to drive around to a lot of different feedlots all over the place and see how they are each different in their own ways. I also stayed at his house over in Arizona and got to see a few feedlots there. One of the main things that they do differently there is that their cowboys ride horses still, while the cowboys in the Imperial Valley mainly just use trucks. For the most part, I usually just watch the vet and see what he does, but sometimes I do get to help him, like when we tested for tuberculosis in some cows that were going to a different state. We have to inject them with an antigen for TB, so I had to lift their tails while he injected the shot in their skin. Then we went back a few days later to determine if they tested positive or not. I also got to ask him a lot of questions and talk to him about animal related stuff that I normally don’t get to talk about here.
Other than that, I didn’t do a whole lot else on my spring break. I was home for a couple days, and got to have some great home-cooked meals. It was relaxing to not have to worry about any school work for a week. Now it is back to work. It will be a busy few weeks, but there are only four more weeks until school is completely finished and everyone will be going home. Until then, I will have to stay on top of all the work.

That is all for this week,

The border runs right through the area. 

02 April 2017


Hey friends!

Spring break is coming to a close and I am exhausted. I went to ACDA, the American College Dance Association Northwest Chapter hosted at the University of Oregon in Eugene. I had a really fabulous time, we brought two pieces from LC to perform and be adjudicated.


ACDA basically has a ton of classes you can chose to take during the days and then at night there are concerts -- aka the performances being judged. There were a ton of different schools being represented, and a lot of them were schools primarily arts and dance focused, so there were also a ton of crazy talented dancers at the conference.

I took a few hip hop classes, lyrical classes and a partner stretching class. They were all very fun and different. I've never taken a master class before, so it was a new experience too. They were fast paced, the teachers did a warm up with us and then teach us a combo, then we'd do the combo in groups.

When we performed, it was all very regulated. Everything ran on a tight schedule and they didn't waste any time with people. It was intense, but we made it fun and had a good time. Most of the pieces - in fact all of the pieces were very different from anything I've ever really done. A lot of ambient noise and chanting "music", a lot of spoken word and shaking limbs -- the pieces were mostly all modern/ contemporary pieces, we brought the only piece with a little bit of hip hop.

It was clear in the adjudication panel that they were looking for a very specific thing - and that wasn't what my dance was. We didn't receive much feedback that was helpful or positive. A lot of the pieces were also professionally done by guest choreographers, the majority were then faculty, and very very few were done by undergrad students. However, the other piece we sent, "Fluent" choreographed by Lili, was a favorite. It was chosen as one to be performed in the gala final concert! That was super incredible because the LC dance program is nearly non-existent compared to the other schools that were at the conference, and now hopefully we will receive more recognition as a small school that can still come and hang with the top dogs.

Anyways, the important thing was that we had a good time, we made it fun and weren't too serious. I learned a lot and took classes that I wasn't used to and just took advantage of it all.

I'm pretty tired and my knees are all sorts of bruised lol, life of a dancer.

Anyways, hope everyone is having a great spring, and college acceptances are coming out! Congratulations to you all for getting through the process, it's a long haul. You'll all find a place where you belong and hopefully love. Best of luck to you all :)

If you're making any choices and want to know more about LC or anything in general about college, you can always reach me at ksaylor@lclark.edu