Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Lewis & Clark and My Team

All year long I try to be reflective and thankful for the blessings around me. November is an opportunity to share my thanks with others so I wanted to do a Thanksgiving series this month. I decided to post once a week on Thursdays discussing a larger topic as opposed to every single day in hope that my writing will be a more thought through and in depth. 

This week I want to talk about going to school at Lewis & Clark College and my debate team. I talk about both these things quite often, because they are very important to my life right now. My undergrad years have been completely defined by coming to school at LC and deciding to debate. There have been multiple times where I have questioned if coming here was the right choice or if spending my time debating was what I actually want. In the end I realize that those choices have surrounded me with some of the most amazing people I know and I am genuinely happier than I have ever been before.

Photo via PDX|Cept

My freshman year of high school I began looking online at colleges. In Eastern Oregon the number of people who end up going to college is lower than in most areas and the majority of those who do seek higher education attend a regional state school. The idea of attending an expensive and competitive private school is more rare. When I set my sights on Lewis & Clark I received alot of snarky yeah, good luck with that! comments. 

When I found out about Lewis & Clark I instantly fell in love with it's beauty (LC is always ranked in the top 5 most beautiful schools in the nation!). I remember staying up late looking at pictures of LC with my mom, but subconsciously telling myself not to get disappointed when my application gets rejected. For four years I dreamed about LC, but never expected to be accepted. I was in Italy when I recieved my "Welcome to Lewis & Clark" email, and it was one of the proudest moments of my life. My parents still have my acceptance letter framed and hanging on the wall. It's not that Lewis & Clark is Harvard by any means, but for my family and I it was a big dream that somehow I was lucky enough to achieve. 

Attending school here has been the best decision of my life thus far. The academics are more rigorous than expected and that has encouraged me to learn more than I would have at another school. It also helps that my professors are so supportive. They remember things about me from semester to semester and know what my academic strengths are and push me to overcome my flaws. 

Hands down the best part of my undergrad experience (and probably life thus far, honestly) has been being a part of LC's debate team. I talk about it all the time, because my life is focused around my teammates and our tournaments. The people are super weird, but they're my family. I have hated each of them at points yet love them always. Each member of the team has done something to help me become the person I am now. I am more outgoing, confident, and intelligent than I would be if I had to go through college without their support.
This is the team in 2012 at our annual Christmas party.

This is my eight year of doing debate and still every round teaches me something. I consider myself somewhat intelligent and that is 75% because of debate. The activity itself is really beneficial for me, but most of all it's just really fun. For my last semester I am starting a new partnership with a girl I've never debated with before. Together we should be successful, but regardless of that I know we will have tons of fun together. (There may or may not be matching American flag trucker hats involved...)
Sarah, my partner this semester, and I debating in our favorite round we ever had together.

I am not sure how I became lucky enough to be at Lewis & Clark, but I am thankful for it every single day. 

Other bloggers have been writing Thanksgiving posts that I love reading. If you have posted something similar please share! If not, what are you most thankful for this holiday season?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween, America!

This year Halloween fell on a Friday for the first time since I've been in college. In past years I've stayed home, handed out candy to the neighborhood kids, and did homework like a nerd. I had big plans to do the typical college Halloween thing ... and I ended up attending up at Portland State University listening to philosophers Slavoj Zizek and Jean-Pierre Dupuy speak. A million times more nerdy than doing my Homework. 

All in all I had the privilege of hearing a big-shot academic speak in person for the first time, and I was able to spend a nice evening with some close friends. Sometimes the best plans aren't the biggest ones.

I rarely dress up for Halloween, but for some reason I had the motivation this year. 
This costume might be my favorite thing in the world. Trust me, I will find many opportunities to wear it again in the future.

(Please excuse my disgusting farmer's tan that I try really hard to hide in photos.)

We took the bus to downtown and decided to grab dinner and drinks at Luk Lac. The food and drink I had were delicious! The unfortunate part is that I'm the world's whitest person and had no idea how to order Vietnamese food. My friend Fielding and I had to have the waiter explain what literally everything on the menu was. Finally we decided to get some noodle-thing. Like I said, it ended up being delicious! 

Zizek apparently uses a cellphone #funfact

Pretentious lecture and a slideshow in Comic Sans font. Solid. 

Hearing this two speak was a really cool experience. The content wasn't overly interesting to me personally. JPD decided to shift away from the topic discussion of religion and focus on similar questions about future. As a result hearing them speak together really didn't make for a comprehensive discussion, but whatever. I was mostly just excited to hear these men speak in person. They could have read me the Yellow Pages for all I care.

In the end my Halloween was no where near what I expected it to be. Yet, somehow way better than what I had imagined. Funny how that works out. I hope you all had a WONDERFUL and safe Halloweekend. 

What did you do for the holiday? Did you wear a costume?

Heart Shaped Sunglasses [out of stock - similar]

Friday, October 31, 2014

Adventure Time!

Last weekend we had a debate tournament at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. The tournament itself wasn't the best ... Sarah and I competed in front of our favorite judge first round and he ended up giving us bad speaker points because he thought we were ~less than~ sweethearts to our competitors. As a result we placed toward the bottom of the bracket throughout pre-elimination rounds. In the end we went 3-3 (you need at least a 4-2 record to advance to elimination rounds), losing 3 competitive rounds against really good teams. Even though we didn't win as much as I would have liked to, we performed really well. I am proud of us and looking forward to the next tournament.

Usually the UPS tournament is the same weekend as halloween so it has always been a tradition for teams to dress up together. Even though the tournament fell a week short of halloween this year our team decided to continue the tradition and dress up anyway! :) As a team, we were the cast of Adventure Time -- my nieces would be proud.

Sarah and I were Marceline and Princess Bubblegum. 
Those characters fit each of our personalities comically well so everyone thought it was fantastic. 
In all seriousness, this is probably what we were going to wear that day anyway. 
I wore a pink Lilly Pulitzer Lori dress that I bought this past summer during the Endless Summer Sale  for wayy cheap. I also wore a pair of pink tights and a Princess Bubblegum crown from a local halloween store. The Lilly dress is one of my favorites. The back is cutout which I think is what makes it so amazing. 
Every time I wear this dress I just want to spin in circles and frolic through a daisy field.

For those of you who don't watch the show, here's a picture of Marceline and P-Bubbs. 
They're basically Sarah and myself.

The entire team did a fantastic job with their Adventure Time costumes!

In the end I will definitely look back on this tournament weekend and remember how adorable our costumes were. Not that Sarah and I weren't as successful as we should have been. And that's what matters, right? :)

ALSO! I am super excited about the American flag costume that I will be wearing today on actual halloween, sooo look forward to those pictures!

What are your halloween plans and what are you planning on dressing up as?? 

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