My Journey So Far: Reflecting on My First Year at PSU

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at PSU for a year now! The last 12 months have brought more changes and challenges than I could have possibly imagined, both in my personal life and the world at large. Since I first became a Viking in September 2019, I’ve switched jobs, broken up with a long-term partner, changed my major, found a new partner, had … Continue reading My Journey So Far: Reflecting on My First Year at PSU

A Capstone About Cats: Reflections on Our Senior Capstone

By Claire Golden and Erika Nelson It was complete coincidence that two PSU Chronicles bloggers — Erika and Claire — ended up in the same Senior Capstone, but we wanted to reflect on our experience. This was far and away the most involved class we’d ever taken, but it was also one of the most rewarding…in large part because our work impacted the real world. … Continue reading A Capstone About Cats: Reflections on Our Senior Capstone

Not-So-Great Expectations: Adjusting Plans During the Pandemic

I’m a list-maker: Homework assignments, goals, chores, funny things I overheard in the Park Blocks…you name it, I have a list for it! Four times a year, I create a “bucket list,” itemizing everything I want to do that season: swimming and barbeques in the summer. Haunted houses and pumpkin-picking in the fall. Holiday parties in the winter. Travel for spring break.  At least, that’s … Continue reading Not-So-Great Expectations: Adjusting Plans During the Pandemic

Growing Pains: Turning Discomfort into Change

This summer, I’m taking my senior Capstone, Grantwriting for Shelter Pets. Our community partner is Furry Friends, a no-kill cat shelter in Vancouver. Our mission this term is to draft the proposals that will compel donors to fund important shelter projects, such as medical care and a new kitty condo. Before I signed up, I thought this would be a lighthearted, fun experience. I love … Continue reading Growing Pains: Turning Discomfort into Change

Crafting in Quarantine: “Quaranzines”

Whether in mandatory or self-imposed isolation, people are turning to hobbies like arts and crafts to keep themselves occupied.  One fun project having a moment on social media is zine-making: The hashtag #quaranzine has over 5,000 hits on Instagram. Merriam-Webster defines a zine as “a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter.” There is no right or … Continue reading Crafting in Quarantine: “Quaranzines”

Making Do

Recently, I wrote about my experiences under lockdown in student housing. Although being alone in quarantine was weighing on my mental health, I said that crashing with family or friends in Southern Oregon was not an ideal option for me. Since that post, I tried really hard to make the best of my situation —  I went through every coping skill I could think of: … Continue reading Making Do