Kayla Aronson’s Campus Journal


So this week is kinda crazy, multiple papers, multiple tests, and just not enough time.  Also, I’m a bit sick, so I’m just trying to get through it all!  But life is so good.  And you know what?  Everything is going well so far, my friends are as amazing as ever, and it’s just going to be alright.

Easter was fantastic.  I was excited to spend it out in Oregon, and man I wasn’t disappointed.  I went to a Good Friday service at River West Church and greeted people at the door beforehand with other people in the Church’s college age group, The Hub.  That was a fun experience because I feel like I am recognizing more faces and I got to see a few people from Young Life there.  I went back to River West for Church on Sunday, but before that we had an Agape brunch!  A few days before Easter, Carolyn and I decided we wanted to have brunch with as many people that could come, so we sent out an email in hopes that people would show up with food.  We didn’t have a “you bring this, I’ll bring this” kind of list, so we didn’t know what to expect.  Thankfully, we had the perfect array of food!  I made a tater-tot/egg/cheese hot dish, Carolyn made pumpkin pancakes, Branden made muffins, Emily made a lemon-tart (with raspberries and strawberries!!), and I know I’m forgetting things, but it was so good to have brunch with friends.  After that we all split off to go to our respective Churches.  The crew at River West

This week, like I mentioned, has been pretty good.  There are so many things happening around campus and I have had to miss them due to my large homework amount.  For example, the International Affairs Symposium about The Global (Dis)Order happened and I missed out.  While International Affairs will not be my major, the idea of thinking globally has a lot to do with why I chose Lewis & Clark.  I love being surrounded by so much information all the time.  One thing that I am going to do tomorrow is visit the Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art beneath Watzek Library and check out the Senior Art Exhibition!!  so excited, I get to pass out programs!19 graduating art majors have their work there for all to see.  Check out this website and the video!  I did go to our Lu’au which was more than incredible!  My camera did not find its way there, so I do not have any photos of my own.  But I will ask my friends if I can borrow some of theirs, not to worry!

While I need to go do homework, I have to tell you about two things I am doing!  Carolyn has a musical theatre concert this FRIDAY!!  And Kelsey has a dance team performance (with guest appearance by Momo & The Coop!) on SATURDAY!!  It’s going to be a good weekend!D

I’m enjoying the sounds of rain, and I hope you are too!  Questions? Comments? Concerns?  karonson@lclark.edu

Best of luck with college decisions!


“I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.Pablo Neruda

8 April 2010

So much to celebrate!

South Campus SkyThere have been two times that I have been locked inside of a bathroom.  The first was when I was in Sweden.  I was 13 and really needed to go to the bathroom after mini-golfing – I couldn’t figure out how to unlock the lock… it was Swedish, give me a break!  And the second time was over Spring break.  My hall’s bathroom door was propped open, which happens after our bathroom has been cleaned to air it out a bit, normal right?  That’s what I though.  Anyway, I was brushing my teeth, and my RA, Carolyn comes in a shuts the door.  When we went to leave, we couldn’t!  The door handle was broken!!! Not OK!  So we tried to use our swipe-cards to open the door, which didn’t work, we pounded on the door and started yelling for help.  I was laughing too hard to really take the situation seriously though, (I thought it was hilarious that we had locked ourselves in our own bathroom) but about two minutes into our predicament someone came to take a shower, so we were saved.  Heather and Sarah after running the mile at the track meet!

In addition to that ordeal, my little brother Garrett came to visit me!!  It was more than wonderful to have him here.  He got to meet most of my friends, experience dorm life, the Bon and Portland.  We also went fishing all day on Monday and I caught a 16 pound Salmon and Garrett caught a 12 pound one!!  I don’t have the pictures yet, but they will be up here soon.  We went with Brian, the Area Director of Young Life in Lake Oswego.  I also went to Seattle for a weekend with my Mom and Grandma.  They flew out to meet me there (I took the train) and we stayed at our family friend, Daryl’s Bed-and-Breakfast, The Bacon Mansion.  Doesn’t get much better than that.Carolyn and I made STIR FRY!!!

Being back home at L&C has been really good though.  I am so comfortable with this community here that it is hard to think that in only 5 weeks I will be leaving for the summer!  Craziness.  I’m already looking forward to next semester though.  In a perfect world, here are the classes that I will get into without any problems: East Asian Religion, Spanish, Perspectives in Mathematics and Greek.  I could take Calculus 1 or 2 if I wanted too, but here’s the deal.  I’m not a huge math person, I do like it, but I do not want to commit a lot of time to something that isn’t my passion, especially when I could be putting it into other things.  Why am I going to take Greek of all things?  Keep in mind this isn’t modern, conversational Greek, I will be learning Hellenistic or Koine Greek, the language the New Testament was originally written in.  It is going to be really helpful to keep pursuing Religious Studies and will be a great challenge.  It looks like a good balance of classes to me, especially with my RA gig. 

We had a meeting last night for all of the RA’s on staff for next year.  We decided this needs to happen way more oftenIt was awesomeee!!  I finally met everyone on my staff (except one that’s in Australia right now) and with the exception of two people that live in California, everyone is from a different state with one international student!  How awesome is that?  The energy is already strong between us and I can tell that it will only get better from here.  I still don’t know which wing I am going to be in.  Soon though!

Easter is this weekend, and I can’t wait to spend it at River West.  As an Agape group we’re going to make brunch before Church and then head out.  There are a few different Churches people go too, including Imago Dei and St. Marks.  Carolyn is going to organize some egg dying and we are planning on having an Easter egg hunt!  It’s awesome to be in college I’m telling you. 

There are tour groups all over campus!  If you see me, say hi!  I promise it will only be really awkward for a little bit J  Good luck with your college brother Garrett eating our awesome stir-fry.  we even walked all the way to Market of Choice to get everything!  So the end result tasted even better after our long walkdecisions, that May 1st deadline is coming up soon!  If you have any questions at all, please direct them at me: karonson@lclark.edu!

Tessa is leading Agape tonight and she’s taking us on a field trip!  I don’t know where, but I can tell you that I’m REALLY excited for it!stud.


“There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. ‘Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night’s lodging. ‘Tis better to be hospitable to his good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion. We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.”     -Ralph Waldo Emerson


31 March 2010


It was so nice outside that I got to wear my CHACOS!!!!  Not anymore, but it was a wonderful day!Today I realized how much I missed having music in my life last semester.  I have been taking guitar lessons from Julia Banzi.  I played guitar before, but never like this.  Julia is so incredible.  I am learning everything by imitating her.  For the first time in my musical career I don’t have any sheet music!  Well, that’s a lie, I do have one piece of music for a Classical piece, b

ut I am still learning how to read actual music for the guitar.  Trees are flowering EVERYWHERE it is so beautiful.  Next week I think I’ll just have pictures of these trees…However, most flamenco music is hard to notate on paper.  The Toques (the word “toque” embraces the whole art of flamenco guitar-playing) are composed of four different parts, soleares, escobillas, llamadas and often times have a singing accompaniment and a dancer.  Most of my musical INTERNATIONAL FAIR!  In the Chapelbackground is in jazz (my favorite song we played) and the improvisational techniques I learned there are really helping me put together these Toques.  Escobillas are a sort of rhythmic improvisation with a set of chords that a dancer will solo to, and a falsetto is a melodic riff on the guitar, so the guitarist’s solo in a way.  It has been amazing to learn from Julia.  I learned how to tap during the last lesson (this will give you some idea…).  There were different booths all over the BonSorry for the rudimentary explanations of those terms, but my understanding is not very deep, but flamenco needs to be heard or played, not explained on paper.  Julia makes me want to practice and learn more about flamenco.  Best new study tool ever.  A white board!  That I can erase on and use - it’s fantastic, especially for studying spanish verb forms.  Thank you Josh!When I am trying to learn something she will play along and often add her own little riffs or variations on what I am doing.  I love love love listening to her play.  She lived in Spain for part of her life and studied guitar there.  She is flying out her dancer to perform a show here in April!!  I am so excited for it!  Seeing a flamenco dancer from Spain dance and to watch my teacher play is going to be one amazing experience.

To follow up on my extreme excitement about being an RAOne of the many dances at International Fair next year, that excitement is still growing.  We have an all staff meeting coming up soon and I can’t wait to finally meet everyone that I will be working with next year.  The way that the RA staff teams are divided up is by building.  Since Copeland is so large, my staff team will all live in Copeland.  The SOA-A (Stewart, Odell, Akin & Apartments) tea

m covers four complexes, the Howard-Platt-Hartzfeld staff covers those three buildings, and the Forest staff covers all of the Forest buildings (it has multiple buildings, but is still considered one residential area – it’s pretty sweet!).  I am very happy with where I ended up, and to be honest, I didn’t really have a preference as to where they placed me.  But, Copeland will be so awesome.  I’m already thinking about how I am going to lay out my room…  I don’t even know what wingLove this I will be in though! 

So next Wednesday will probably be the best day of this entire year because my little brother is coming to visit!!!!!!!!  His name is Garrett, and he will be staying with me for part of his Spring Break.  He will be sleeping under my bed (not what you think!  Remember, my bed is lofted enough so someone can comfortably sit under it?!?  I am going to rent a mattress and put it under there and make a fort-like thing for him.  I’ll take a picture.)

Blurry picture of Section Line Drive preforming at International fair

We are going to have some good Kayla-Garrett hang out time.  I am excited to take him to my classes and to Agape, but I cannot wait for him to meet my friends.  It is a weird dynamic having my own sort of world out here.  None of my friends or family really know who my new friends are, so when I am telling them stories about how “me and (insert name here) and (insert name here) went to dinner last night and blah blah blah” they can’t relate to the people I’m talking about.  When my Dad and Jennifer visited last semester they met a few people, but this time Garrett will get to meet more of my friends and get a taste of college life.  Going to my classes, camping out with me in the Library, you know, fun stuff.   Having this new family of friends has been so amazing, it has given me a chance to get to know people in a very different way because we did not grow up together.  Garrett’s map to Oregon in case he gets lost…Our shared experiences started with Lewis & Clark College and have only grown from there.  Did I mention I’m excited for Garrett to come?  Because I am.  Like way past excited.  We don’t have a to-do list for when he comes, other than go to Powell’s.  Garrett devours books, almost literally, so, this will be a more than perfect excursion. 

Gender Studies Symposium tomorrow!  Depending on how far I get on my Abide/ μένω paper tonight will determine how many events I can go to tomorrow.  Hopefully I make some good progress! 


My inbox is waiting!  karonson@lclark.edu


Have a fantastic week,



In honor of the last week-and-a-half push before Spring Break, and to quote one of Garrett’s favorite movie lines:

Stuart: You seem tense. Snowbell: TENSE?! Oh, I’m-I’m WAY past tense!

11 March 2010


COPELAND!  I’M AN RA IN COPELAND NEXT YEAR!  AHHHH!!!!  future home!! future home!!On Monday morning I found out that I am going to be an RA in Copeland!  I am excited beyond belief.  My only problem is that Copeland is one huge maze of hallways and floors, and I’m a bit directionally challenged, so I will need to walk through it many times before I do rounds by myself.  But I know I will eventually get it down after a while, especially with Kelsey’s help I’ll be alright.  But, that doesn’t even matter.  I don’t know what wing yet either… there are 8 of them… but I am so so so so so excited.  I have had some great exposure to the job already because some of my best friends are RA’s right now which has been invaluable.  They have been such great examples, in my opinion, the best examples, but I’m not biased or anything…part of Copeland which = future home!

So after kicking off my week with that fantastic piece of news, things just kept getting better.  Monday night was our first Young Life Club of this new year (we took a long break, but now we’re back on track!) and it was an Olympic theme.  I was on the team that led the Club, so I got to dress up in crazy clothing and lead some funny trivia questions.  Did you know that Croquet was an Olympic sport!?  Well, only for one year in France, in which only French people competed, and guess what, there was only one spectator.  I know right.

To keep the momentum going Carolyn led Agape tonight.  Instead of doing our normal style of Agape time, she mixed things up a bit, in a very good way.  Carolyn had us write letters!  Some people wrote letters to family or friends, but Carolyn also found some ways we could write letters to inmates, children with chronic illnesses or soldiers.  It was an awesome best dorm snacks EVERway to embody service together.  Carolyn is going to do this same thing again as a program for our hall, and I already got permission from her to use it as a program next year!

Two of my best friends are seniors in High School trying to make decisions about college.  So, since I love receiving care packages from home, I thought I would send them some!  I put Elyn’s together today and sent it off, but I’m still working oElyn’s package!!n Madisyn’s.  I put Ramen, chocolate, pieces of paper/things that reflect my college life, some tea, a journal and some other random stuff.  I’m excited for her to get it.  Now I have to finish Madisyn’s… but sending that off and writing letters tonight at Agape have reminded me how much it rocks to give and receive letters. 

So second semester our schedule hasn’t been broken up as much with breaks as first semester was, and everyone is getting a little restless because of it.  I’m definitely feeling it, last week was a hard week.  However, as I’ve already shown you, this week has been much better.  And, there are so many things happening on campus!  This weekend is Parents Weekend andDthe International Fair (so excited!!!!), Gender Studies Symposium next week, the Lu`au is coming up, Spring Break is on its way, and then there’s only a MONTH left.  Time is just going wayyy too fast. 

But, my inbox still has room in it.  Please fix that by sending me questions/comments/concerns at karonson@lclark.edu


How beautiful is this? ——> “Happiness cannot come from without.  It must come from within.  It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the fellow and then for ourselves” –Helen Keller

4 March 2010

rain = more flowers!

purple!!Alas, the sunshine is gone.  i took full advantage of it though and spent all day Sunday outside on South Campus.  Well, I guess it’s not gone, but we’re definitely not experiencing clear-blue-skies-and-get-a-tan kidscn0689.jpgnd of sun.  cool stained glassThe rain is back, but there are flowers coming up everywhere!  I was walking through the Manor House gardens after class today and had to stop to enjoy the fragrant air.  It is just so gorgeous! 

Anyone watch LOST?? My friend Joshua got me addicted, thanks a lot Joshua.  I had never watched it before, but so far I’ve watched all of the episodes from the current season and I’ve seen about 6 from the first and second seasons.  Joshua is a Lost genius, so I go to him with all of my questions, which are never-ending at this point.  So between Lost and the Olympics my T.V. time this semester has gone way up.  However, it has turned into fantastic bonding time with the other kids in my hall.  There are on average, about eight of us that spend our nights in the lounge watching the Olympics and doing homework.  Thankfully, this past week I did not have any papers or midterms, using T.V. to regroup has been a good thing.  Finding new ways to refuel is always a good, healthy thing, as long as you can balance them with homework, which so far is going well.

U U YOGURT = BEST PLACE EVERSide-note: Carolyn and I went out to Zeppo for dinner and then U U Yogurt after!  It was awesome and if you are in Portland or visit Portland, please visit U U Yogurt.  It is nothing short of wonderful.  And to get off campus with friends = amazing!  You get to choose your combination of soft-serve yogurts, 8 choices, then you get to top it with your choice of about 30 ingredients.  Oh my goodness.  I had chocolate, raspberry and a little bit of vanilla yogurt and to top it off I had peanuts, reeses, chocolate chips, strawberries, raspberries and hot fudge.  So hanging out with Carolyn was wonderful and so was dinner and the yogurt.  You should try it!!

Anyway, back to school: wedscn0677.jpg had these awesome “Meet Your Major” sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.  During two time slots each day at night there were about five different sessions I could’ve gone to.  I went to the Religious Studies one and then the English one Tuesday night.  At both of them I had the opportunity to talk with current students of that major, eat pizza (woo) and I got to talk with professors in each department.  Talking with current students helped me get a sense of the community in each department and I LOVE both of them!  I am thinking that I will be a Religious Studies Major and an English Minor!  Exciting!  This is not set in stone, but that’s my track, and those meetings only confirmed that.  

Keeping with the theme of promoting family endeavors, check out this article about the Church my Mom writes grants for!  The Church has a new program that helps victims of prostitution.  I met with my Advisor, Mary today and talked with her about classes for next semester, and also about findithe path to south campusng an internship.  My goal is to find an internship at a place like Kwanzaa here in Portland, and knowing that this city is so service-oriented, I am confident that I will find a place if I dig around a bit. 

At the Intervarsity conference my friend Yan had the idea to have an international Jesus night full of songs and stories to unofficially kick off L&C’s International Fair (which is next weekend!!!! I’m so excited!!!).  So this Sunday night in the Akin lounge we’re opening up the mic to anyone who wants to share stories, sing songs, or shlook at all the people outside!! and yes, this is winter!  :)are Bible verses in English or in a different language.  In Agape we have about twelve languages represented!  How incredible is that?  So, Sunday night will be a time to share some of those languages and our cultures with everyone who wants to hear. 

Women’s figure skating long program on tonight!  So I’m off to rock out some homework before then, but, please feel free fill my inbox with your questions about L&C, college decisions, LOST, rain or sunshine, or your favorite type of flower.


“Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.”

- Pablo Picasso

25 February 2010

sun sun sun sun sun sun sun

bluuuuuue skystudying in the Manor House gardens!  how many people get to study and look at Mt. Hood at the same time, I mean, really…spring!awesome tree with lots of shoes in it in Forestmore shoe treeWatching the Olympics!  With homework and chips :)dscn0663.jpgmore olympic watchingPioneer Square downtown (During the JTR conference I had to go back to campus for my RA interview, and I took the Pio express and the MAX to get back to the hotel, so this is a pic while waiting for the MAX)dscn0633.jpgI love the sun!  It has been shining since yesterday and it has been more than wonderful.  Monday I took a twenty minute rest laying out in the sun by the reflecting pool and today I did homework for two hours outside.  I might even have a bit of sunburn…  but probably not.  Either way, it has been wonderful.  If you need rest, I highly recommend taking a nap in the sun.

Natural energy has definitely been needed this week – it is midterm season!  Woooo so creative naps/study breaks have been utilized.  One of those has been watching the Olympics!  I learned the history of Early Christianity while watching the snowboard half pipe.  Yes, I could’ve learned it much faster by just camping out in the Library, but hey, the Olympics need to be watched, and second, it’s great bonding time with friends in my hall.  But I actually did some work that’s the good thing.  Added stress/work in school means an increased amount of intentional hang-out time with friends.

Like last week with my Dad’s habanero paste, I have a new “family-member-in-the-news” to brag about… my Grandma Rose!  She owns a business in Buffalo, MN called Second Hand Rose.  Here is a blurb off of her blog website: Rose’s depression era upbringing provided her with a “make do, can do” work ethic. Why not make do with “junk” and “less than perfect”? We rehab old furniture and home décor, create one of kind items, use splashy colors, have a sense of humor and never let a good idea go to waste! Between sales we repair, repaint, reupholster & re-invent.”  Here at L&C, there are some seriously talented DIY-ers, clothing makers, inventors and artists (among many other talents) so it’s cool to see my Grandma taking advantage of her creative juices like so many people do here. 

So last summer I was an assistant coach for my High School’s summer lacrosse training program.  I mainly taught 8-9 year old girls the basics and then spent some time with previous teammates helping them improve their skills.  This summer I will not only be assistant-coaching again, but also I will be the director of the K-3 program!  I am so excited!!  I will get hang-out time with friends I haven’t seen in a while and I will get to teach girls how to play the sport that I love.  I think this will be a pretty awesome summer.  I will be doing other things too for the record, but that’s just a recent highlight on my summer-life plans. 

It’s prospective student time!  If you come to campus and see me, please feel free to call me out.  It will only be really awkward for a few moments I promise.  I’m ready for your questions! 

p.s. I hear back about becoming an  RA March 1st (!!!!!) Which is in ten days… not like I’m counting or anything…




“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night” –Steve Martin

19 February 2010

haute habanero

Not like I’m using this blog to advertise my Dad’s business or anything, but, he just started making a habanero paste!  the paste!!!And it’s pretty awesome.  Check out his website here!  I had it in some mac & cheese today and it was fantastic.  I am going to bring it to the Bon (dining hall) tomorrow morning and have it in my egg and cheese quesadilla.  I’m kind of excited. 

Classes are going really well again this semester.  My New Testament/Early Christian Origins class is just awesome.  Our first paper assignment was this: “For one of the texts we read explain how the social and historical context out of which it came shaped the religious imagination expressed in it.”  We have read 1 Thessalonians, Philemon, Galatians, Organ inside the ChapelMark, and Matthew so far, so I chose Mark.  Instead of doing a broad overview of how the socio-historical contexts shaped Mark, I focused in on Mark 1:40-45, the story of Jesus healing the Leper.  Specifically I answered why Jesus tells the newly cleansed man to go directly to a priest instead of telling other people.  So I don’t leave you hanging, I’ll give you one of the explanations.  The priests of the time were the only ones who could declare a person “clean” and they did this by making sacrifices in the Temple.   They also believed that it was only by a divine power that people could become “clean.” Lepers were considered “unclean” and “ritually impure” and were subject to banishment.  For a priest to even consider talking to a leper was taboo.  Jesus, using his divine authority to cleanse people of their sins (which the priests do not have) cleansed the leper.  Jesus told the man to go to the priest and offer a sacrifice in order to prove to them that he had command of that divine authority.  I have learned so much in this class Dalready – and that wasn’t the only part of my paper.  If you want to know more, email me, I love talking about this stuff.

Enough about school.  Like I said last week, Madisyn and Elyn are back from India!  I talked with Elyn for the first time today, and it was so good to hear her voice.  The excitement that was still there from the trip was evident, but so was her fatigue.  She is a senior in high school right now, and is trying to decide between four colleges!  So after being in India for two weeks, she was thrown back into the “finishing high school” lifestyle.  Madisyn is also trying to pick a college.  I remember and do not miss that crazy time.  I definitely ended up in the right place though!  I am sure they will too, but it was a stressful process soooo good!!! sometimes making your own dinner is just the best thing to do.  really.  especially with friends.that is for sure.  So they are back from India, and my friend Emily is headed off to Chile on Tuesday!!  For five weeks!!  My friend Jen is in Australia, Carolyn is going to Ghana this summer – I am not going to Morocco… but I will be going somewhere.  International travel is so awesome.  I went to Sweden when I was 13 and just got back in touch with a friend via facebook!  It has been so good to catch up with him.  Thankfully he speaks very good English, I know about three words in Swedish.

This weekend is the Intervarsity Winter Conference: Jesus The Revolution.  I will be going to that all weekend, and I am really really really excited.  I will get to see another part of Portland, hang out with fun people, sing awesome songs, relax and learn.  There are six L&C students going I think, maybe five, but going with friends will be sweet.  Also on Friday there is an A Cappella concert, and Section Line Drive is singing Winter Song, and Carolyn is one of the featured singers!!!!  This link isi got the swimming button at my roommate’s last home swim meet.  they have conference this weekend… GO PIOS!! to a video of a performance last year, Carolyn is the second one that comes up front to sing! I can’t wait to see it live!

So, a good week so far and lots of good things lined up for the rest of the week.  I’m off to bed, well reading then bed, but I hope that if you are in Oregon you had the chance to see Mt. Hood yesterday (it was beautiful from campus!  Wow) and if you are not in Oregon I sure hope you get to come experience it someday.  If you are a prospective student looking for more college advice or have questions, my email box still has room

karonson@lclark.eduyay school schtuff

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet success unexpected in common hours” –Henry David Thoreau


p.s. sorry some of the pics are blurry… not sure what happened… sorry!


11 February 2010

booyah. spring is here.

So I decided not to apply to study abroad in Morocco.  The applications are due Friday (this trip would be Spring of 2010.)  It was aYoung Life leaders!Weasley Clock, Kayla and Hannah styleFrom India!Madisyn and Elyn in India!Kids in IndiaBeautiful IndiaMelting chocolate for pretzels!Hannah making chocolate/peanut butter pretzels! soooo goodA girl named Lindsey was on the College version of Jeopardy!  We had a viewing party in the Council Chambers with pizza and pop.  Great school pride going on! battle for about two days straight whether or not I should go for it.  My application was just about done, I only needed to get passport pictures, but I decided not to do it.  Yes, I could’ve turned it in and then decided, but I’m just not supposed to go there next year.  However, I did apply to become an RA, and the group process interview session is this Saturday.  There is a higher chance that I will be chosen now because I would be able to be there both semesters next year which is a plus.  And also three of my best friends are juniors, meaning that if I did go to Morocco, I would miss their last semester.  That wasn’t my biggest deciding factor in when making that decision, but now I realize that it will be such a good thing to have more time with them.  So no Morocco for next year, but who knows – maybe junior year?  I have even thought about spending a full year abroad, so maybe Morocco for a semester and then India??  Overall, I think it’s a pretty good problem to have, meaning, I know I will be going somewhere AWESOME within the next few years.  Definitely a good problem.

Speaking of India, my friends Elyn and Madisyn get back from India on Friday!  Unfortunately, I will not be able to give them hungs in person (they live in Michigan) but I have missed talking with them.  To know that they are in India though, that fact just blows my mind. 

Classes this semester?  Well, I am not as impressed as last semester.  Last semester all four of my teachers were high-powered geniuses that knew how to teach, and did it extremely well.  This semester E&D is not as intense, which I am not a huge fan of.  My class is about the “Auditory Experience” and we have spent our time watching The Matrix and reading basic philosophical articles, which are not bad, but I am not learning anything relating to anything auditory.  The class is definitely picking up though, now that we are sitting in a circle because we don’t have to watch the movie.  My new favorite class though is The New Testament/Early Christian Origins.  Dr. Rob Kugler is beyond amazing.  The amount of knowledge that is packed into every class is overwhelming in the best possible way.  We covered the Gospel of Mark today and my head is still racing.  We talked about how the Disciples were given the “secret to the Kingdom” yet they still did not understand.  What a class!  I am really thinking about Religious Studies as my major.  One of the things I do when I don’t want to do homework but still feel productive is make a four year plan.  So I will map out the classes I will take for the next four years and dig through the course catalog.  And the classes I keep going back to are the Religious Studies classes.  Religious Studies major and English minor.  That’s my track right now.  I like it.

New things this semester:  No crew, I have a job as a student assistant in the Admissions Office and I’m taking guitar lessons.  Booyah. 


College app questions?  Want to know why eating grapefruit every morning is awesome?  Want to know how to make a double-boiler with a ceramic bowl and a hot pot?  Ask me!



“Scatter joy!” –Kathy Davis

4 February 2010

beautiful green

In celebration of being back home (yes, Lewis & Clark home) I had fun taking pictures of some of the “green” my favoritearound campus.  Minnesota’s brown-and-white color scheme was awesome for a while, but honestly, the break got a little long and I was anxious to get back here to the rain-and-green scheme of things. 

Break was good though, seeing old friends, my brothers, my DOGS, neighbors, parental units – it was definitely good… but weird to be bringing four months of L&C back with me to a place where nobody could really relate.  “thank you” for throwing away garbageHowever, some perks of being (Minnesota) home:  Home cooked meals, your room, driving a car, being OK with having a day of nothing, remembering how awesome it is to not be in High School, visiting High School teachers, seeing friends still caught in the tornado of end-of-High-School-which-college-should-I-go-to stream of emotions – so lots of awesome stuff.  But dang is it good to be back.

Over New Years I visited some Work Crew friends in Michigan.  I stayed at my friend Madisyn’s need-to-do pile for tonighthouse, and surprised our mutual friend Elyn with my visit.  Unfortunately, my train got in at 9:45pm and Elyn was sick!  So she was in bed when I called her and made her come open the door to her house and give me a hug.  One of the things that I love about my friends in Michigan, Minnesota and at especially at L&C is that they are so internationally minded!  Madisyn and Elyn will be going to India in 4 days (!) partnering with the Gospel Association of India, and will be there for two weeks.  They asked me to go with, but school is where I’m supposed to be right now.  I wish I could go so badly though!  I mean two of my best friends will be in India.  In four days.  How amazing is that?!?pretty locker

OK, as you can see, I’m pretty excited for them.  But, back to Oregon.  So, classes this semester.  I have been to each class once so far, and I am excited to go to them again.  Intro to Sociology, The New Testament/Early Christian Origins, Exploration & Discovery – The Auditory Experience, and Spanish.  Want to know more about a specific class?  Email me!  - Sorry, shameless plug, but anyway, just the amount of material that I will be covering this semester is so cool to think about.  (One difference in college is that you get a Syllabus where it tells you each day what you need to on a mail boxprepare for each class instead of waiting until the end of a High School class to figure out the assignment for the next day.)  So looking at the Syllabi, it is going to be a lot of work, but definitely a lot of interesting work.

Another fun thing I got to be a part of was my High School’s Alumni Day.  There were 11 of us, all first-year students at different Colleges/Universities around the country, and we talked about college.  garden party!We were asked questions by students, faculty and more  So, I had some practice talking to my fellow Minnesotans about college, and I know that this is the crunch time for scholarship applications and final college applications, so if you want/need/desire advice or help about anything regarding college in general, you know the first place to go:




If you don’t want to read the whole thing, please just read the last five lines…

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your bodymoss!  it’s everywhere!
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.My favorite scarf
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

21 January 2010

My countdown: 2 papers and 4 finals until Minnesota

I cannot believe that I am a week away from going back to Minnesota.  I can’t even count it down in days because even though today was the last day of classes, I still have so much stuff to do (refer to last week’s blog for my venting about stuff).These images are for those that dream of warmer times… This is me on the beach in Santa Cruz

It will be a bitter-sweet return home, but Minnesota has SNOW!  Oregon just doesn’t get the memo that when it is cold, there should be snow.  I am truly enjoying the weather right now, nice and brisk.  Many people really don’t like it though… but I think it is wonderful!  Thankfully I will have time at home to go sledding, have snowball fights and build snow forts.  It will be wonderful.  I truly have enjoyed living in Oregon - I feel that I already have a great network of friends here.  It will be interesting to go back home and talk with my friends about their new experiences and compare them to mine.  But that is the beauty of going away for college, there will always be something to talk about! 

I can finally tell you that I learned how to knit!  Kelsey taught me about three months ago, but for my first project I made a scarf for my best friend Sara (she is a freshman at St. Olaf College).  I couldn’t mention that on here because she reads this blog, and I wanted it to be a complete surprise.  You can definitely tell which end I started the scarf on though, the stitches are much messier, and not as tight as the other end, but she loved it anyway!  Now that my family knows that I can knit I have about ten Christmas presents I need to make… so those are next on my list.  At the Santa Cruz Beach Board Walk!

Last week I mentioned that I was going to be spending my weekend at a Young Life camp, and I must say that it was awesome!!  I washed dishes, or was (as it is colloquially known) in the Pits.  It was honestly a good time to just relax and zone out, I even memorized my poem for Mary’s class while washing breakfast dishes on Sunday!  It’s a great time for thinking, you should try it sometime.   

I officially have a new favorite spot in the Library.  It is the “Oversize Book” area.  I discovered it yesterday when I was looking for a new spot to study.  When I am writing a paper often times I encounter a period of time when I just can’t focus, so I relocate to get some blood moving and to clear my head a bit.  Why this is my new favorite spot is because I can spread out all of my stuff across the table, there is a high ceiling and I don’t feel trapped in a box and best of all there are so many incredible books!  And they are huge!  Tertiary History of the Grand Canyon is approximately about 2 feet by 1.5 feet.  That’s a big book.  I sat down last night to finish a paper and I looked over and saw this book with pictures that were taken by the Hubble Telescope.  So naturally, I spent about thirty minutes looking through pictures of nebulas and galaxies.  It was definitely worth it.  Just so you know, if you ever need to know anything about the wild flowers, there are States sixteen different volumes of Wild Flowers of the United States that you can look through, conveniently divided by region or state such as “The Central Mountain and Planes” and “Texas”.  Books such as those and many others can be found in the Oversize Book area when not studying.

As I mentioned earlier, today was the last day of classes.  It really does not feel like it though!  I can only hope that my classes next semester will be as engaging and fun as the ones this semester.  I have very high expectations.  I have a very good feeling about them though, I am especially excited for my New Testament class because I have met with the professor, Dr. Kugler twice now.  I went and had a discussion with him about my anointing paper during his office hours (Note to self: take advantage of more office hours next semester!)

Tonight is the last Agape meeting for the semester, but celebrating in style!  We are meeting at 7:30 to gather everyone up, and then taking a ‘field trip’ to go see the A CAPELLA CONCERT! (I am SO excited for this!!)  Carolyn is in the group Section Line Drive and she will be rapping tonight.  I can’t wait.  After the concert we will be returning to Stewart for a White-Elephant gift exchange of sorts.  For my gift I am bringing two glass jars that I colored with permanent markers.  (This is a great little project if you have some time!) Agape will pick up next semester, but I will definitely miss that community over the break.Sunset

So now I will go back to writing.  I am just not going to let stress overtake me.  It’s just not going to happen.  But it is time to focus, so maybe I will stay away from the Oversize book area…

 I wish you all the best of luck in your endeavors!


As always, I would love to hear from you,


 ”Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”



9 December 2009