Jess Asbridge’s Campus Journal

Back in the swing of things.

I’m currently sitting in my room and listening to a tour group walk past my window. It makes me remember all the craziness of the dreaded college search, and realize how content I am with where I ended up. I mean, I had to go through alot of stress and hard decision making what with transferring and all, but in the end I think I’m in the right place. College is all about what you want it to be. Sometimes you’ve really gotta make a conscious effort to step back and get your ducks in a row, but that’s what life’s all about right? Enough of this philosophizing, moving onto my past week…

Fall break came and went, and I am now back in the swing of things here at school. It seems weird to already be part way through the semester and already have to be thinking about next semester’s classes! Advising appointments are upon us and I am totally looking forward to signing up for an awesome spring schedule. I’m also waiting to hear about (hopefully) my abroad program for next fall. I have always had this interest in Ireland, and I thought it would be the greatest to be able to study there one day. Though LC offers a wide range of fantastic abroad programs, Ireland is not one of them, so I had to go through another facilitator. The one thing I’ve heard from most college students (including my sister) is that if you have the opportunity to study abroad, then you should take it. I’ve had to fill out alot of paperwork and jump through alot of hoops, and now I’m just crossing my fingers. My advisor has been great though, and I know I have alot of support for my case, so it should turn out well. Let me just take a minute here and say how much I have enjoyed all of my professors at LC. Most of them have made my classes really interesting and are always available when I’ve needed help. I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that most of the time I need alot of help, and it’s good to know that I can always go work things out with my professor. That’s another perk of small class sizes - there’s no hiding, but you have to opportunity to form some good connections.

 I need to back up though, because I don’t think I can post this blog without sharing some amazing pictures from fall break. On Saturday my mom and sister and I hiked Mt. Pilchuck up north in WA, and it was absolutely gorgeous. We weren’t the only ones out enjoying the good weather though, my mom referred to it as “highway hiking”. I was impressed because most of the people we saw on the trail made it to the top, and pretty much the entire thing was icey. On the way down I gave up trying to pick a dry spot and instead just squatted down and slid down the rocks. It was an adventure for sure. Here are some of the more magnificent pictures:

Sitting near a stream ; Ice designs ; Rocky trail ; Icicles ; At the summit ; Mt. Baker ; Sunset at the trailhead

Until next week,


15 October 2008

Time to relax.

Hey all!

Well, so much has happened in these past weeks that I don’t know where to start. It’s already fall break and it’s hard to recap all that I’ve done. I guess I should start at the beginning. I moved into school two weeks before everyone else for sports and student-athlete mentor training. All I can remember from this was being way too hot. My roommate and I had our fan on 24/7 for the first couple of weeks. I was born and raised in the Pacific NW, which translates to me being a complete wimp when it comes to the weather, though I do love the rain.

Getting started in the first days of classes was the same as always. I did the typical confused college student routine for a couple of days, and came out with a group of classes that I was actually, and still am, really excited about. Somewhere in the midst of all the new stress and activities, I was also able to reconnect with my close group of friends from last year. They are the greatest and make my time here at L&C so much more interesting and fun. The other day we all went to the Oregon Zoo. Soooo cool! It reminded me of going to the zoo as a kid. We also found this really fantastic Lebanese restaurant downtown. I spend most of my free time with my friends, so stay tuned for more on them in future posts.

Pictures from the zoo: The group at the Oregon Zoo! ; Penguin! ; Green snake ; Giraffe hat

On the 15th it was time to start the fall crew season. We have now been practicing for three weeks, and since we are the only team on campus that has two legitimate competition seasons, we also have races. Our first was a duel on Saturday versus Willamette University on their home waters (The Willamette River). It was low-key but a good chance to get out against a team in our conference and see how we have been progressing since we started up again. It was also some of the most uncomfortable conditions I’ve ever raced in; rowing against a fast current and a head wind doesn’t exactly equal Olympic speeds. Right now we have the week off and are working out individually, gearing up for our last two weeks and three races. The team itself has morphed into this awesome group of rowers - our incoming freshmen have integrated amazingly, and I am so excited for what we can put together this spring (The Women’s Varsity 8+).

Short and sweet, but that’s it for now. I’m currently enjoying my break at home in Snohomish, and I’m going to take this opportunity to go snuggle in with a good book.

Later, Jess

6 October 2008