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Layers make life warm.

Like the rest of the student body, I am currently in the depths of my midterms and I can definitely feel it taking a toll on me. I would have to say that my most difficult midterm so far is from one of my philosophy courses. Surprise surprise, right? For the most part, when I read Plato I tend to feel that he just needs to get to the point. But that’s the way it is with those crazy old philosophers. Thankfully we’re moving into new material which I understand a little bit better. Overall my classes are really interesting and like I said before, I’m really looking forward to next semester! (If you want to know more specifically about the classes I’m taking, feel free to shoot me an email at:

Sadly, we are in our last week of crew practice, but it is going quite well so far! Yesterday we did pieces on the erg (indoor rowing machine) with the novice (brand new rowers) women and I was so impressed! These girls took a huge step in their progress towards being fast, and I think they are really ready to race this weekend. I think everyone else on the team is feeling the anticipation as well. I know I am for sure; my last midterm is due on Friday, so I’m looking forward to a good weekend of races and relaxation.

On a different note, I think I can officially say that IT’S FALL!! I actually had to break out my wool jacket yesterday. It’s such a beautiful time of year in Portland. Though I’ll have to admit that I do miss all the amazing colors and mounds of snow from my freshman year experience of a New England fall and winter. The mornings are getting quite chilly, and it’s just a matter of time before our boats start to get iced over during practice. I find myself grabbing an extra pair of socks each morning so I can double up!

Generally, my idea for my blog posts was to pick somewhat of a theme, using it to guide my writing and help give a better picture of life here at L&C. Apparently this time my topic is the weather….lame, I know. But honestly, for those of you who have never experienced weather in the Pacific Northwest it is always good to get an understanding of it. For myself especially, choosing a college revolved a lot around location. You have to find a good fit. I’m thinking that for the most part people are happier with what they are used to, but my roommate from Florida is still in Pennsylvania, so who knows.

Next on my schedule is a lunch meeting with one of our athletic administrators and some fellow athletes. We are planning on hosting a fall carnival in November for local elementary schools kids. It will be run by L&C student-athletes and sponsored by our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), of which I am secretary. We are still working out all the kinks, but I think it is going to be a great event that shows our community that student-athletes do more than just walk around with ice packs. More to come on this event when we get closer to the date!

Until next week,


22 October 2008