Five Reasons to Become an RA

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Every college campus is different. Small schools are different from big schools. Private institutions are different from public institutions. Yet, no matter where you attend college, one thing remains the same—this educational and social experience is not easy. 

As students, we undergo a ton of stress within these first four years. A lot can happen to us in that amount of time. We might lose friends or family members, we might end relationships, we might begin relationships, we might not pass classes, we might have to switch our majors, we might experience changes in physical or mental health, or we might get homesick. We can never fully prepare ourselves for what challenges we may face.

La Quinta, CA // A Photo Series

Last week was my first time ever visiting the La Quinta area of California, so of course I went a little photo crazy. I decided to throw together a series of some of my favorite images from the trip in sequence.

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” — Marc Riboud

Photos also make it simple to explain the trip without using a million words to describe everything. Easier on the eyes, if I do say so myself! 

How to Make a Simple Vision Board

Hello friends & followers,

Since my previous post, I’ve been feeling extra motivated. As I’m sure you’ve picked up on by now, I love making crafts. I wanted to share with you my latest creation—but this one’s not for sale.

Instead, I want you to make your own! 

17 Self-Love Resolutions for 2017

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” –Buddha

New Year’s resolutions are notorious for being unsuccessful. Most of us think by now we shouldn’t declare these goals altogether purely because we think we can’t hold ourselves accountable. Or, we overwhelm ourselves with high standards (“lose 117 pounds, travel to 17 different countries, and make double salary this year!”) and get disappointed when we don’t reach them all.

Don’t start off the new year with that mindset. 

50 Signs You Go to Linfield

The phrase “power of a small college” has never been more accurate.

For being such a diverse campus, we sure do share a lot of the same experiences. Our educational institution is unique, and there are just some things only Linfield students will understand. Relatable, funny, or whatever it may be, you know you go to Linfield if you find any of these to be true:

20 Good Things That Came From Donating My Hair

20-good-things-hairI wasn’t sure that I would be able to convince myself, especially a second time around. This wasn’t my first donation—although… that was back in the 5th grade when I only let 8 inches go. As a college student with a lot more hair to give, I decided I was (sort of) ready again. Before I knew it, a foot and a half of hair was GONE. Gone, and soon shipped off to someone who needed it!

How to Avoid Getting Sick in College

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(Germs, they’re everywhere.)

Many of my residents are starting to get sick… which means it’s that time of year again, unfortunately! You already know Resident Advisor Mak did her research to help you avoid it at all costs. Colds and coughing go around like the plague on college campuses, and especially for freshmen who are exposed to unfamiliar germs. I’m no where near a certified nurse yet (and you can hardly call me a EMT), but I know how to battle off the bugs for as long as possible. I’m going on month two of college without any sicknesses (knock on wood), and here’s what has been helping me keep it that way! 

30 Dorm Items You Might Overlook (But Need)

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30 Dorm Items You Might Overlook (But Need)


I am a sophomore, but I’m still figuring these things out. I continue to forget stuff at home I need. (Happens every year.) That’s why I made this quick list of items that aren’t the first to come to mind when packing for the big college move-in day! Although, they are high up on the necessary items list we just often forget about or don’t think we will need. Hopefully you’re reading over these at the start of the school year, and not midway through when you’re only then beginning to realize what you’ve been missing out on this whole time.

How to Break Out of Your Shell in College

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If you are trying to adjust to college but are also an introvert, you have a complicated combination. Now is the time to break your boundaries and get involved!

I was shy my freshman year of high school. I wasn’t involved in any sports or clubs, and I kept to all the same friends that I had comfortably grown up with. What my 14-year-old self could not have predicted was that I would make so many more friends from different schools, or that I would get involved with more clubs than I could sometimes handle come senior year. My freshman year of college was different. It didn’t take me four years to break out of my shell. I immediately got involved by making an effort to get to know people and interact with the faculty. Maybe I had an advantage being at a small college, but it was still mind over matter. It is not the easiest task for an introvert to complete, but these tips will give you a head start to escape your comfort zone and grow socially and academically. It all begins with freshman year. 

Website Expansion!

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Hello followers, viewers, bloggers, family, & friends.

I have some exciting news, and I’m sharing it with you right now.

After many months of blogging—which has been amazing and beyond my expectations, by the way—I have made the decision to… *drumroll*… EXPAND MY SITE!

Oregon Coast Appreciation Post

Oregon Coast Appreciation PostThis is one of my favorite places to be during the summer. 

The Oregon coast has been “my beach” growing up. It might not be the tropical island oasis everyone imagines when they first think of the beach, but it offers its own unique beauties.

To the Recent High School Graduate

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Summer, summer, S U M M E R!  It’s HERE!

Congrats, you finished your final year of high school. It took four years to assemble this life milestone, which directs you now to hurdle into higher education. The college or university you’ve selected for your next chapter has many new and exciting memories awaiting, but before you embark on this journey, take some advice from a freshman year veteran.

Lucky for you, novice, this list comes directly from experience. I thought I knew what I was getting into when I was shipped off to college, but I was wide of the mark. You’ll find more out on your own than I can offer you from this simple ranking, but at least what I provide will be a good starting point.

This list of lessons isn’t meant to stress you out—because believe me, school will do that to you on its own—but rather help you adjust to the college life a little easier. I was really appreciative of the advice that I gained from friends prior to starting my freshman year, so I hope you finish reading this feeling like you gained something beneficial.

The Perks of Being a Morning Person

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As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm! If you are a morning person, you are someone with the advantage of starting your day immediately versus the late riser. This allows you to seize all opportunities that come your way before anyone who sleeps in has the chance. Research has also shown that early risers are healthier and thinner. You can read more about those backed facts here. While the health benefits alone are a positive, early birds have so much more going for them than night owls. (Sorry, night owls.) If you are a morning person, you get to experience all of the following perks:

Twenty Quotes to Keep You Positive, Inspired, & Motivated

If you ever acquire the burning desire to conquer the entire world or something…come straight here. This is where you will get your motivation, leaving with the feeling that you can do ANYTHING! Who knew it was possible to gain so much confidence just by reading these twenty quotes—mere words strung together to toss you so easily over the moon. If you’re still feeling the need to be inspired after this, Google & Pinterest have about 1,000,000,000 others.

Five Ways to Give Back to Your Community This Summer

Five Ways to Give Back to Your Community This SummerSaturday MarketShowing a little love to your community is simple this summer. These five EASY ways to give back will not only benefit your city but also yourself.