Since you all won’t hear from me until 2014 I thought it would only be right to share my New Year’s resolution here on PSU Chronicles. For 2014, I want to improve my time management skills. More specifically, I want to be places and turn in assignments early rather than late or on time.
I did pretty well with my resolution for 2013, which was to follow through and do the things I say I will do. The only thing that stopped me from being more effective on that goal was poor time management. Waiting until the last minute to do something is probably my one Achilles heel. That is going to change in 2014.
In order to be successful with my resolution, I must become a better planner. As soon as I receive a task, I plan to begin working on it sooner than later. If you know anything about me, I suck at being punctual. I find it hard to get out of bed and I also take a long time getting ready to leave. If I can ease off the snooze button and leave the house sooner, I should be in good shape.
Now I am curious to know, PSU Chronicles followers, what is your New Year’s resolution going to be? As always GO VIKS!!!!
Have you ever told yourself, after seeing someone do something insane that you would never do that? I’m sure we all have, and this is my list of things I wouldn’t do or at least hope I never do in my life. Would you do any of them or what do you not hope to do?
1. Not graduate. I’m in school and paying for a reason so I hope to graduate.
2. Go to prison. I don’t want a record, do you?
3. Regret my decisions. I like to think every decision I make is the right one.
4. Stop taking chances. There is nothing to lose after all.
5. Get stuck in a job I don’t like. I want to enjoy what I do for a living.
6. Fall on a treadmill while working out. That would hurt and be embarrassing!
7. Give up on my goals. I want to reach what I set out to do.
8. Let work dictate my time. Work is important but so is family.
9. Take life too seriously. Having fun makes you feel so much better.
10. Forget about my values. My values define me and I wouldn’t want to lose them.
There is a secret held by many a Portland State student, closely guarded, but not really secret; not shameful, but not boasted of. We keep it from others, and ourselves as well.
It is the grinding, relentless poverty of the college student. Students push poverty out of their minds, taking loan after loan each term without dwelling on the ramifications, trying to hang on until graduation, concentrating on academics.
Our university community may not fully realize how deeply many students live in the quiet perseverance of being broke and being a student. And the weird ways that poverty can manifest.
A busy student I know led a prestigious student group last year while racking up $1800 in parking fines and impoundment fees on her car. She gave up on recovering the car, and eventually purchased a different vehicle. Some students can’t afford their textbooks. I’ve visited ASPSU’s food pantry myself several times this term and in past terms.
The wolves just catch up with you. You feed the ones that must be fed, and try to ignore the howling of the others as you bear down your latest term paper. Eventually, the checkbook gets empty, the next pittance of income too far away.
That is when I have been grateful for the existence of several things: ASPSU’s food pantry in Smith. The endless help of the Financial Aid office. Emergency loans from the Bursar’s Office. A little help from my friends in my personal life.
I would not have made it through without them.
I cannot believe,
I am missing Thanksgiving in Washington
For the first time
Yet, so thankful for this new,
I will be here for a while,
Might as well settle in.
Stuffing, black-eyed peas,
Mom’s deviled eggs:
There is no comparison.
Food everywhere, watching the game
I hope the Cowboys lose.
Let’s not forget why we came.
Bow thy head and pray;
Thank whatever god you believe.
For me, I say
For the future,
My little cousins, and sisters,
The older ones too.
Thanks for my daughters and nephew,
My grandparents for installing this old soul,
Aunties, uncles, friends, and especially my foes,
My brotherhood, thanks for the black and old gold
My lovely lady, keeping me warm through this November cold,
Mom and Dad, for raising me into a productive man.
Of course thanks for my job,
And this wondrous green land
Most of all…thank you, thank you, thank you
My PSU Chronicles fam!
- Way 2 Cold
Let’s be honest: sometimes you just can’t beat grilled chicken.
Lucky for us, PSU’s got two great BBQ food carts on campus. So when you finally get out of that two-hour lecture, brain-fried and starving, you’ve got options. Mississippi Delta BBQ, right next to the library, or The Local Grind across from the Vue and outside Montgomery. The question is, which do you choose?
Here’s the good news—they’re both pretty darn BBQ-tastic.
The Local Grind is a classic. It’s got a huge cult following, and not without good reason: the Teriyaki shred tastes amazing. The savory morsels of chicken hit your mouth like an oral luau, complete with cute ukulele players serenading your taste buds. And if you’re not much of a white rice guy, have no fear—they serve brown rice here!
Mississippi Delta, on the other hand, is the new kid on the block. But don’t expect anything less from this chicken doused in smoky-spicy southern goodness. Mississippi’s got chops, especially when you take into account their variety of slaws and sauces.
All else aside, I think you can tell a lot about a food cart by the frankness of its slogan. The Local Grind’s “Get It In Your Body!” is certainly direct enough, but Mississippi Delta’s “Put Some South In Your Mouth” gets extra points for the rhyme.
Price-wise, they’re about the same. (Expect to spend $5-$7.) And for the record, both of these guys have mac salad that will invade your dreams with wonderful macaroni cravings.
In the end, no matter where you grab your saucy chicken, you really can’t go wrong. Which is your favorite cart on campus?
Community is something we all yearn for. Community supports our dreams, our loves, the things we care for.
Are you finding yourself lost in the crowd? Being a part of such a huge school, it is easy to isolate yourself and go day by day with the same routine.
We need people.
We need relationships.
We need community.
It’s hard because sometimes community doesn’t seek you, but you have to seek out that community. Whether it be a love for sports, painting, God, music — whatever — there IS a community. If you feel alone and one in the crowd, I encourage you to try and seek out community these next few days. We cannot function without relationships with others. Being a part of a community that loves, marks a path, and supports each other is something that is irreplaceable.
Being a full time student and commuting from quite a distance has some straining effects on my time. However, the strains tend to be created out of my choice whether I like to admit or not. One of those strains used to prevent me from working out consistently throughout the week. What is ironic is that I never had the time to work out when I used to live on or near campus. One would imagine that being so close to the gym would give me an incentive to workout.
For the last two months, I have successfully worked out throughout the week in one hour sessions. There have been days in which I missed a workout but they are few and far. Whether I am tired, feeling depressed, or if it’s late in the evening, I always have to get a workout done. The results have been satisfactory, I have gained decent amount of muscle
Working out for two months has proven to me that I can mold my physique, but more importantly, that I could commit to achieve a greater will. I will admit that I work out to look good but consequently I am also starting to feel better, perhaps because I know that I can control how my body looks but also how it performs. Ultimately however, it may be one of the few things in which I have total control in my life.
I expected the second year of grad school to be easier. Half the program is under my belt, I have the pattern down, I know what the expectations are…cake walk, right? WRONG. In fact, I feel more overwhelmed than I did this time last year. Perhaps it is because I also have this GIANT 60-100 page paper looming over my head that I have to continually work on. Whenever I have free time (which is either after a long work or school day) I feel guilty if I don’t have some form of homework or thesis work in front of me.
But you know what I always forget? To do stuff that makes me happy. I think it is impossible to stay sane and do quality work if you feel guilty or completely overwhelmed. It is important to take time to do something for yourself. It is kind of surprising how cathartic and refreshing it can be to the scholastic process. I went to see the band Atlas Genius earlier this month (they are freaking great live by the way) and it put some pep in my step. While I constantly worry about being able to get all of my work done, I need to remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There will be a time (hopefully in the near future) where academic papers are behind me and I can do fun stuff all the time.
So, in short, always find a way to take time for yourself. Whether it be a happy hour, ice cream, concerts, etc. You deserve it.
For a little over two years now, I’ve been working as a student leader on campus. I also ran a SALP group for two years. In that time I learned many things including leadership techniques, networking skills, communication and so on. But the one that sticks out the most is this basic principle about students: They don’t check their emails. Which leads to conversations like this:
Student: “Hey Emily, I didn’t hear about that awesome event Campus Rec just did, why didn’t you tell anyone? That’s your job and you’re not doing it”.
Me: “Well, student, as a matter of fact, I sent three e-mails about that event in the last month, do you check your e-mail?”
Me: “Do you read your e-mails?
Me: “That’s what I thought”
Student shuffles off without accepting fault.
If I had a quarter, or even a nickel, for every conversation of this type that I have had over the last two years, I wouldn’t be $40,000 in debt. Moral of the story: Read your $#%@&** e-mails. You might just find that all your questions have already been answered.
Internships: a beyond complicated ordeal. Most employers are looking for someone who is experienced, but you are still getting your feet wet with your major. I am even more frustrated with the fact that my major is graphic design, and I feel that no one wants to hire someone who they think “can’t” design. So where do I even start?
First off, I spent a good half hour of panicking in tears (please don’t do this). However, this led to me emailing my art director and setting up a meeting with her. She gave me the best advice ever: Create a list of dream jobs from companies you would love to work for. From that, start tailoring your resume to fit those clients. They may be out of your reach, but it helps you focus on creating an impressive resume and piecing logistics together, rather than applying willy-nilly to any place possible.
I had her look over my resume, cover letters, etc., and then she told me, “All right, now just apply.” I was rather confused, because I feel like the jobs are way beyond my capabilities, and the companies are not advertising that they want an intern. She explained that just because they are not promoting internships, does not mean they will not welcome the extra help. Plus, if you show that you are passionate and willing to learn, they are probably willing to show you a couple ropes.
We’ll see how this strategy works, but it seems pretty hopeful. What are your tips or strategies for attaining an internship? Any good successes or roads not to travel down?
Tired, slow and unmotivated are just three of the words that describe, well, most of us right now. We are scrambling to figure out what classes to register for and cramming for midterms and our last chance to get an A in that class we’ve been frustrated with all term.
Hey, there are still three more weeks left — isn’t that lovely. This week, however, we need to rejuvenate ourselves and take time to just relax. Of course, we still have to study, but we have the next three weeks to study until our pens run out of ink and pencils break.
So now you are asking, “What I should do instead of pulling my hair out?” Easy.
Step one: Put that book and pencil down. Yes, you heard me right, put it down.
Step two: Go outside by yourself or with a friend, grab a Frisbee or any sport ball and just play. Or go on a walk to refresh your mind.
Step three: Cook yourself dinner, and no, mac-and-cheese or ramen noodles don’t count. Create a meal with chicken, tuna, or if you’re a vegetarian go for a fresh salad with fresh produce and nuts added to it. We all seem to think snacks will get us through the day, but you’re only losing energy by not satisfying your hunger.
Understanding that we all may not have enough time to make that meal, we still have to remember to check our health and listen to what our body is telling us.
Good luck to everyone on midterms and finals!
I got a chance to catch up with two of my very good friends on the Portland State football team after one of their practices before they defeated University of North Dakota. These two gentlemen, junior Vincent Johnson (left) and senior Bryant Long (right), took time out to answer some questions from me. In this interview we go over everything from their respective recruiting trips to their brotherhood in Omega Psi Phi fraternity. See these guys on the field for our last home game of the season against Sacramento State University at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Jeld-Wen Field. Are there any other athletes or student leaders you would like to see in a future interview? GO VIKS!
Did you enjoy the “All Major Career & Internship Fair” at the Smith Memorial Student Union last Tuesday? With representatives from more than 60 organizations, including those from private industry, government and non-profits, it was a perfect opportunity to start the search for that elusive job and get to know the various opportunities out there. Some of the popular companies who made their presence felt at the fair were Boeing, Blount International, Cambia Health Solutions, and Hershey Company.
An elevator pitch is an important element of the career fair for which the students need to train in advance. If you are wondering what an elevator pitch is – it is a one sentence, succinct description of what you bring to the table, and how you are a good fit for the company. This may essentially compel a company to immediately take note of and get interested in you. It was good to see students practicing their elevator pitches outside the ballroom while getting ready to impress employers.
Apart from the employers, there were representatives from Portland State University (School of Education, Business graduate programs office) to help students chose companies based on their skill sets. This was definitely the first chance to take a shot at an internship for next summer or for full-time careers for graduating students. Hope you all made good use of the event. And in case you missed it, there are a couple more career fairs to look out for – The Nonprofit 2013 career fair on the 7th of November and Northwest Career fair on the 18th of November. For more details see https://portland.experience.com/stu/cf_list?aff=12627
I’m still not sure I am equipped to handle the stress that comes with graduate school. When people said it would be hard, I laughed at them. I never had to read assignments in undergrad, and writing papers was easy.
If you are thinking about grad school you should just know that the reading is ridiculous; hundreds of pages per week. The papers are long. I scoff at anything in the single digits now. Stress will eat you for dinner, and it will eat your other grad school friends for dessert. Time management is a must, and the funny thing is that it used to be a skill of mine UNTIL I started grad school. Not to mention I work two jobs so I can stay alive, AND I have a dog. You might think you are immune to grad school, but trust me, you aren’t; at times it is just plain rough.
I know that in the end it will all be worth it and I am already half way through, but some days it just feels like for every bit of progress I make, every time I get to the top of that hill, someone is standing at the stop waiting to shove me back down.
Sometimes you just have to allow yourself to feel like an idiot, to be stressed and bummed, to cry your eyes out over the injustices YOU signed up for, and then give yourself a pep talk and get back to it.
Speaking of pep talks, this always makes me feel better:
To my dearest Mr. To-Do,
I realize the importance of our relationship at the moment–and often times, you’ve saved me from some pretty unfortunate situations. What would I have done without you if you hadn’t have been there to remind me that I had that French literature worksheet to analyze or that I needed to go to my professor’s office hours or to pick up toilet paper?
You’ve had my back the past five weeks, and I do appreciate it.
But I guess what I’m trying to say is that maybe you’ve been perhaps a little too helpful as of late. I’ve begun to feel guilty: you seem to grow a little larger every passing week, and yet there is nothing I can do to slow your pace. Monday morning approaches, and I realize that I haven’t done nearly enough to satisfy your needs. It’s just been a little hard with all of these midterms and everything. Can we just have a moment and slow down? Would you mind taking a few things off? Can’t we deal with some of these issues a few weeks later?
…no? Okay. I understand. At least it’s nice to know that I can always look to you to keep me on track (kind of). I guess I’ll try harder.
Here are some academic tricks I’ve learned at Portland State. I hope these hints help you become a stellar Viking scholar:
- • Calendar Your Studies. Enter ALL assignment and exam deadlines into your calendar or organizer. Planning ahead saves cramming later!
Don’t be a perfectionist
- . I don’t advocate skipping readings, but when an exam is upon you, there may be more benefit in reviewing your notes, lecture slides, and other class materials than in every precious word in the readings.
- • Be succinct on essay tests and class presentations. Being long-winded won’t help your grade, but your grade will drop with unfinished essay exams. An instructor will cut you off in class if you go over time on presentations.
- • Deman
d rigor in your education:
- Ask everyone who the best professors are. Can’t hear student comments in class? Ask the professor to repeat them. If your professor is doing something wrong or inaccurate with grading, points, or on the syllabus, approach them about the matter. You will usually get satisfaction.
You have a right not to be distracted in class by your classmates’ smart phone and Facebook fetishes.
- Complain to your prof after class or during office hours; they will respond. And don’t
- that in-class surfing addict. It’s distracting and rude to fellow students. Go in the hallway.
For now, avoid online PSU classes like STDs.
- Nonverbal communication is 66 percent of all communication, and online classes remove almost all live teacher-student contact and student-to-student contact. Plus, PSU charges you an extra $160 in “online learning fees” for the privilege. Learn more in my Vanguard story
Need a quiet study spot?
- The Quiet Study Lounge on the 4
- floor of Smith features the soft, rustling leaves of Park Blocks trees, cushy furniture, and seriously quiet students. Another seriously quiet spot is the 7
- floor mini-library in the Urban Center Building.
- • Concerned about negotiating this university? Consider taking the well-run College Success courses (UNST 199 and UNST 399).
- • Local hangout hint: 25-cent coffee all the time at Big Town Hero, 1923 SW 6th Ave., between College and Hall.
Also, check out my Vanguard article on the “Top 20 Big Words You Need In College” for more help!
Adventure is out there. Being in college has taught me to go and explore the world around me. There is something about finding a new place that makes me feel alive: going hiking, exploring a new coffee shop, or even just meeting different people along the way. Adventure is what you make it. Go out and DO.
Go find a mountain.
Go find a park.
Go eat new food.
Go and find a community that supports you.
I challenge all of you this week to go to a place you have never been before. Seek adventure, because you never know what you are going to find.
“…and plenty of time for networking!” This was in the description of an event I went to a few weeks ago, one that made me cringe. I hate networking. People get really excited about it, the chance to meet others who could, maybe, further their career at some point. Maybe if I had a clear an idea of what I wanted to do in life, I would appreciate networking, but I don’t.
So far, internships, education, and actual experience have given me a leg up in life, and I’ve been successful with getting work in radio and social media. Heck, I am diving deeper into all that is communication in grad school so that I can add that to my resume in case whatever I want to do requires a master’s.
I find networking to be forced. You put me in a room with a bunch of people I don’t know and I feel awkward. “Hi. I’m Jenna. What do you do? Can you get me a job?” Then there are awkward pauses where I want to whistle and ask inappropriate questions to fill the silence. Not to mention, I get really clammy hands so I have to explain that before shaking someone else’s because, you know, they’re going to notice. Plus the fact that when people ask me what I want to do when I graduate, and I tell them I have no idea yet, they look disappointed. Like they had life figured out by 26. Pshhhh.
I like to believe that if I keep getting experience and I am good at what I am doing, then maybe I can get by without the awkward circus that is networking.
It seems to be working so far. I think…
Now that I live in Portland, it seems like every restaurant menu has clearly labeled GF items. Fort me, that’s great! Yes! Those are the best two combined letters in the world when it comes to food. See, I come from a line of celiacs and gluten intolerance, and I’ve also stepped back from wheat because it is highly overused. When you pack your body full of so much of one substance (not to mention the GMOs in wheat), you could grow an intolerance for it.
But I’ve never really ventured into the realm of trying to use substances for it when I cook or bake. I usually just eat my goodies on a rotation schedule (once every four days). This is the time it takes for substances to leave your body entirely. So, gosh darn it, this weekend was the weekend to try it out!
And… Here is my scrumptious Gluten-free Banana Bread!
It was so good that I single-handedly ate an entire load in two days. So, this is round two, and you can obviously see that it is already being devoured.
For this recipe, I used soy flour. Cool thing: soy flour has 35 percent protein, and so it’s got a great extra punch for us vegetarians. Though CAUTION! When making the matter, resist licking the spoon. Soy flour is mealy and super nutty tasting, so it makes the unbaked batter disgusting. However, I found tout that after putting it is the oven, it somehow magically gets transformed into mouth-watering deliciousness.
Here is a link to the recipe! http://hugsandpunches.net/amazing-gluten-free-banana-bread/
I was dreaming that I was sailing a small ship through a tremendous storm. The rain was heavy and dense, battering the ship and causing metallic thumps that scathed my ears. Then I awoke from my sleep and the sounds had not ceased. I cleared my eyes and sat up in my seat and saw a heavy downpour battering my car, where I was sleeping.
The rain had always made me feel blue. It’s common among people deprived of sunshine to feel blue and even develop a condition known as SAD, or seasonal affective disorder. It comes to no surprise to any of us that it rains for most of the year in Portland. Still, why do so many people feel blue because of the rain?
Indigenous people tend to see the rain as sacred and as a sign of life. For some reason, it seems that modern society and individuals do not see it in the same light. Perhaps our need for comfort through materialistic and superficial things have deprived us of the opportunity to reflect on ourselves in solitude.