Melissa Salmeri Mel Salmeri

We are getting to that time of year when you should begin thinking about where you want to live next year. This is a big transition time, whether you are moving out of the dorms to your first place on your own, or if you’re looking for a change of venue. It is intimidating and by no means simple. On the other hand it seems scarier than it truly is, you just have to start. When I began house hunting for the first time last year I had no idea where to begin. I wish I had known about the resources Oregon State offers, and I want to make it easy for you to find those resources. Here is the link directly to the off-campus resources page. This would be a great starting point.

If the Oregon State resource page does not do it for you, the next step is to try Craigslist. You will find people looking to rent out  homes or find companies that rent out a number of locations. I will say, you will be making many phone calls. Most of the places listed will have the cost, location, number of bedrooms, and any extra amenities it is important for potential renters to know about, but you may find some that interest you that you need more information on. It is quick and easy to make that phone call and get the information you need. Eventually you may make trips to visit these places, often set up through the company or individual who listed the place. I will say I visited at least five or six places before I found the house I am currently living in. Another idea is to walk or drive around the areas you are looking to live in and look for names on the apartment or condo buildings. You can go online and find out more about each place that interests you. The internet will most likely be your best friend through this whole experience.

Take your time searching for the right place for you because for those of you who are first timers it’s a big jump from the dorms. If this is not your first time, my advice remains the same. I know I wouldn’t want to settle for a place I am not completely happy with. So it is a good idea to give yourself plenty of time so you are not rushing at the end to find a place. Consider the people you will be living with because now you are all paying bills and have shared space and responsibilities. You learn a lot about someone while living with them and in all honesty there is a chance that it’s not the best pairing but you can take it as a learning experience. On the other hand you may find the perfect place and people that you can keep living with for years. I just think it is important to know there are two ways it could go and to be mindful. This is the big leagues now, complete adult responsibility but it’s also a great growing opportunity. It is scary at times and stressful but it is a continuous learning experience. We are college students which means we are here to learn right? This is just one more thing college can teach you!

Holly Briggs Holly Briggs

Going to summer camp is a long-standing tradition. Camp is an opportunity for kids to gain social, outdoor, and community building skills. It also provides a chance for college-aged people to build important life and work place skills. As a camp counselor you can work with kids of all ages, in all walks of life, and at all types of camps. There are camps that focus on specific sports, only outdoor activities, some that take extended trips, and there are camps lasting the whole summer or ones that only last a day or two. One thing that all these different camps have in common is that they need to be staffed. I have been fortunate enough to work at day camps as a counselor, outdoor education camps as a teacher and cabin counselor and this past summer as a health aid treating illnesses and wounds sustained at camp. All of these positions have taught me a couple different things and they could teach you too.

I have learned first and foremost that I am valuable. Working with kids you must act as a role model and as a person who is there to build others confidence up. Guiding these children into their challenge zones is frightening but once they take the leap they will remember you, the one who gave them a safe place to be confident, for most of their lives. Another camp taught lesson is faking it till you make it, a skill that is irreplaceable. Camp has one of the tightest schedules that most people will ever work with and you must work and be positive 24hrs for 6 days a week, no matter how you actually feel. There are moments where you absolutely hate camp but when you see the kid who hadn’t made a friend all week talking to a new cabin mate, the pain in your throat is forgotten. Talking to these kids and helping them work through homesickness, lack of self worth, and a whole host of other issues will be the most rewarding process ever.

If you are interested in learning about yourself and how you work with others working at camp is a great start. If you are interested in gaining skills like public speaking and active listening working at camp is the perfect place. Consider your hopes and dreams for the future and the skills it may entail. Think about the skill set camp can provide and identify if it fits your dream. Working at a camp is a once in a lifetime. I encourage to you research some camps that interest you. Here are some links for camps that I know of, but if you’re looking for something else just Google it.

Jon Bosworth Jon Bosworth

As my last final ended on June 12, 2014, I knew that in two short days I would embark across the country on one of the scariest and exciting experiences in my life. Months earlier I secured an internship in Washington, D.C. with a U.S. Senator’s office and was anticipating this moment. When I finally landed in Washington, it hit me that I was alone in the foreign land inside the beltway. I arrived at my house, met all of my roommates, and got ready to go to work early Monday morning.

The first couple weeks were challenging, I was in a fast-paced and demanding environment surrounded by people who seemed like experts on everything. However I settled in and quickly gained an understanding of how the office was structured and the type of work I needed to complete. I gained an understanding of completing administrative tasks such as reading and sorting constituent emails, answering phones and communicating with constituents, giving Capitol tours, and seeking additional duties. Soon I began writing memorandums destined for the Senator, working on letters to constituents, and ended my internship doing press clips as well. I found that through perseverance, positivity, and hard work I could achieve anything.

While I might not have been the smartest or most-qualified person in the office, I knew I could make that up with hard work, professionalism, and positivity. The experience turned out to be the single greatest thing I’ve ever done in my life and my favorite co-curricular activity through Oregon State University. Not only was I living my dream in Washington, D.C. but also I was receiving credit for my work and research. I came back to Oregon State in the fall closer to graduating than when I left. The level of support and opportunity provided from Oregon State helped make my internship successful and created memories to last a lifetime.

When the nerves finally calmed down and I got to living my dream, things fell into place. No matter what you’re interested in as a college student, find a way to make your dream a reality and soon you’ll be able to write about it and unequivocally say that it was your favorite experiential learning opportunity.

Hannah Whitley Hannah Whitley

I was hit with an unexpected jolt of reality when grocers began setting up their Valentine’s Day displays two weeks ago. All of a sudden I was faced with dozens of sugary sweets and pink beverages calling my name, manipulating my basic human desire for heart-shaped chocolates and my realistic food budget. Having hid behind the hustle and bustle of midterm exams, research papers and student employment, I was unprepared to admit that candy, cards, flowers and gifts would soon be exchanged amongst current and potential lovers. As a college student, I understand the struggle which may come with the desire to express your love through material items while simultaneously staying under-budget. So whether you plan on celebrate “Galentine’s Day” with Leslie Knope and your besties, going out on the town with your S.O. or taking this February 14th solo – have no fear! Corvallis is abundant in local activities and events Oregon State students can take advantage to celebrate the day of love successfully and for a realistic price.

Hallmark cards not in your budget this Valentine’s day? Consider gifting your beloved a do-it-yourself declaration of love with a handmade card or letter- there’s nothing like getting a hand-written love note in the mail! Pinterest, Martha Stewart and Craft Zine are three great websites to visit for potential craft ideas. What about E-Cards? This year, Oregon State’s student organization Waste Watchers is providing OSU students with access to digital versions recycling-themed greeting cards which can be sent to loved ones via the web. E-Cards are located in OSU’s Campus Recycling Facebook page and can be found at this link:

What about for the main event, you ask? What’s more sophisticated and romantic than a night out at the theatre! Invite your beloved even a group of friends to OSU Theatre’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank at Withycombe Hall’s Main Stage Theatre at 7:30 pm on Valentine’s Day. Performances run February 12-14 (at 7:30 pm) and February 22 at 2 pm; OSU students can purchase a ticket for $5 with their student ID. For tickets or more information about the showing, contact the OSU Theatre Box Office at (541) 737-2784.

Not able to make it out on the 14th? The Crossroads International Film Festival will be screening movies each Sunday this February at the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis. Admission is $6 per film and discounted festival Passports are also available! All proceeds to this event benefit Crossroads International Programs and an assortment of local community events.

Valentine’s Day on a college budget isn’t meant to be scary, it’s just another chance to be creative and take advantage of the many budget-friendly entertainment opportunities Oregon State and the Corvallis community has for students!

Melissa Salmeri Mel Salmeri

My roommate recently took me to The Beanery off 2nd street in downtown Corvallis. I had never been before but it is the quaintest of quaint places. It’s quirky, eclectic and seems to be underestimated. I love that it is a little out of the way of the big, university campus feel, not crammed to the rim full of studying students, or blaring with so much chatter and loud music. It feels “Portland-y.” It’s a place that takes you out of the same routine of Starbucks, Dutch Bros, or the all too traditional library. Although I do love those places and go frequently, I just like to have that one extra place to escape.

One of my favorite parts is the just right, lower lights; they’re not too dim but they’re not so bright that while you’re reading your textbook the ink is glaring back at you. The coffee mugs make me think of the typical grandpa reading the newspaper sipping on his coffee. (Side note: my grandpa doesn’t actually drink coffee, so I’m not speaking from personal experience, but we’ve all seen those cute, typical family breakfast scenes in the movies.) It’s a homey place.

Now keep in mind, everyone will have their own opinion of The Beanery on 2nd street and it may not suit all but if you feel the same as I do, then you’ve found your spot – don’t let it go. I  hope now my favorite escape doesn’t become the most popular in Corvallis after sharing how lovely I think it is – not saying my opinion is the ruler but I think it’s pretty fantastic. There is also The Beanery on Circle Boulevard, and 26th street on Monroe. So, if 2nd street isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, then maybe give the others a try.

I think one key to most success is finding that one spot to settle in and do some serious studying, but where also love the food or coffee they have to offer. It may take some time to find your perfect spot. It may not be a coffee shop. It’s wherever you feel like you can get out of your head and busy life for just a bit. With all of that said I hope I have inspired you to look for some cool places to study or relax.

So good luck, and my best hopes you find your spot!

Blair BowmerBlair Bowmer

It’s about that time in the term when everyone is frazzled because of midterms. If you find yourself needing a break to refresh yourself from all the extra studying you’ve had to do, why not employ a couple of relaxation techniques by walking to La Sells or the MU and losing yourself in some new music? There are always tons of different performances going on, so it’s easy to find one that piques your interest and fits in your busy schedule. Not to mention, many of them are FREE for students! The major performances this term are:

• Thursday, January 29th at 7:30pm – Music and Hope: The Corvallis-OSU Symphony, Corvallis Repertory Singers, OSU Chamber Choir, and the Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir are coming together to perform Stephen Paulus’ “To Be Certain of the Dawn,” complete with visual displays and lights to maximize the performance. La Sells Stewart Center, OSU students free with ID.

• Tuesday – Thursday, February 3rd – 5th at 7:30pm – OSU Chamber Ensembles Concerts. Tuesday is the Double Reed, Horn, and Low Brass Choir; Wednesday is the Flute, Clarinet, and Trumpet Choirs; and Thursday is the Sax, Trombone, and Brass Choirs. First United Methodist Church, OSU students free with ID.

• Wednesday, February 25th at 7:30pm – Corvallis-OSU Symphony Concert: Between Two World Wars. They will be performing Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Profokiev: Concerto No. 2 for Violin with Jessica Lambert as the soloist, and Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4. La Sells Stewart Center, OSU Students free with ID.

• Thursday, February 26th at 7:30 pm – OSU Jazz at the Majestic. Majestic Theatre, free to OSU students with ID

• Sunday, March 1st at 4pm – Steinway Piano Series Concert: Simon Trpceski from Macedonia. He will be performing Brahms: Three Intermezzi, op. 117; Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, op. 24; Ravel: Valses Nobles et sentimentales; Poulenc: Trois Novelettes, 15 Improvisations, Tocatta from Trois Pieces. La Sells Stewart Center, OSU students free with ID.

• Monday, March 2nd at 7:30pm – OSU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony Concert: Music by Ray Cramer, Scott McAllister, Malcolm Arnold, and more. La Sells Stewart Center, OSU Students free with ID.

• Friday, March 6th at 7:30 – An Evening of Opera: OSU Opera Workshop. They will be performing scenes from Don Giovanni, The Pirates of Penzance, The Rape of Lucretia, and La Cenerentola (Cinderella); complete with lights and visual displays to complement the staging. First Congregational Church of Christ, OSU Students free with ID.

• Monday, March 9th at 7:30pm – OSU Meistersingers and North Clackamas Community Choir. Milwaukie Lutheran Church, $5 for students.

• Friday, March 13th, 7:30pm – Orange & Black Scholarship Concert: OSU Chamber choir, Bella Voce, OSU Meistersingers, OSU Glee. First United Methodist Church, OSU students free with ID.

Don’t forget, there’s also Music A La Carte every Friday at Noon in the MU! Also, keep an eye out for various recitals for all of the upperclassmen music students, they’re always very fun and they love to have your support (and it’s free)! For more information on Music A La Carte performers, recitals, or any of the events listed above, check out our calendar! I’ll see you there, and maybe you’ll see me up on stage! ;)

Logan Pedersen Logan Pedersen

Looking for an interesting bacc core class you will enjoy throughout the entire term regardless of what major you’re in? If so, look no further than Music Cultures of the World (MUS 108)! This inspirational, motivational, and thought provoking class teaches the true Native American values of “One Heart.” On top of that you gain a whole new experience of learning the Native American flute! No text books are required, and a handmade Cedar Native American Flute is included with the class. This is a three credit class that meets once a week for two hours. It requires no prior music knowledge, and throughout the course you will be taught songs by the Native American Artist of the Year: Jan Michael Looking Wolf! If you’re at all interested in hearing some of his incredibly beautiful music, here’s a link .

Professor Jan Michael plays solos and improvises before, during, and after class. Not only does this class enrich the mind, it feeds the soul. I personally gained a new perspective on life after taking this class, and it opened my eyes to a culture I didn’t know a lot about. To this day, I still play my Native American Flute; the sound is soothing and relaxing. This is a class you won’t forget…I highly recommend you take it! You won’t regret it.


Breanna Balleby Breanna Balleby

In case you didn’t already know, Oregon State University’s University Honors College (UHC) is currently accepting applications! There is an opportunity for you to apply if you are a prospective student (currently in high school), a current student (currently at OSU), or a prospective transfer student (currently at a different institution but planning to transfer to OSU). The UHC accepts applications on a yearly basis—so this is your chance.

As a College of Liberal Arts student, I am so glad to have been a part of the UHC these past four years. Oregon State and the College of Liberal Arts already offer so many great opportunities, and the UHC helps enhance and multiply your chances to enrich your studies at OSU. Whether you are looking for additional research opportunities and experience; smaller, interactive, and discussion-based courses; or a community of like-minded high-achieving students…you can find it all in the UHC!

In my experience as a UHC student, I have taken intriguing courses (typically capped between 12-20 students) that have counted towards my bacc core, majors, minors, and general elective requirements. I’ve lived in the Honors Living-Learning Community (currently West Hall). Recently, I completed and defended my undergraduate Honors/International Degree thesis with the support of my mentor and committee members. The UHC has also supported me in my study abroad endeavors to Angers, France (Summer 2013) and London, England (Summer 2014 – a program specifically designed for College of Liberal Arts students!). Finally, but certainly not least, I have become a part of the UHC community and have met so many wonderful peers, professors, and professional staff during my time at OSU.

If you’re ready to start your own UHC story, be sure to check out the application timeline and apply for Fall 2015. If you are a current OSU or transfer student, be sure to apply prior to March 15th and plan on hearing back from the UHC around April 30th. If you are a first-year applicant, the final deadline is quickly approaching so get your application in by February 1st and decisions will be made by March 31st. Remember, no matter what kind of applicant you are, you need to respond to the UHC Application Essay Question—so don’t delay in getting started!

Still not sure if the UHC is right for you? I encourage you to explore their website and even better…plan a visit! To learn more about the UHC and/or the application process, you can also check out their Application FAQ page or contact the UHC directly by calling 541-737-6400 or emailing You could even email a UHC Student Ambassador, such as myself, to learn more about the UHC from a student’s perspective. Best of luck and keep up the good work!


Holly Briggs Holly Briggs

Coffee, the college student’s water. I’m not a person who has to have coffee to function… unless it is finals week. When finals week rolls around the coffee cups invade my desk, and pyramids could be built from them.

When I am on campus with a couple minutes to spare, I love to drop by the Java Stop in the MU. The barristas are always fun to chat with and the couches are unbelievably comfortable. The raspberry lattes from the Java Stop give Starbucks a run for their money – and this coming from a Seattelite! Besides the coffee they have delicious apples and peanut butter, as well as bagels that can be catered to your liking.

My favorite part of a coffee shop, besides the bagels and beverages, is the culture. It always feels like everyone is extremely supportive and welcoming. Around Corvallis there are coffee shops that have open mic nights when students can express their poems, music, and short stories. Many CLA classes will even offer extra credit for attending these readings! Look into these readings on and around campus to find one that you would enjoy. The College of Liberal Arts often brings authors to OSU and gives them the opportunity to read and sign books.

Check out the CLA website to find out more about the readings for this term! The author of Wild just came through. Also, drop by Java stop and have a delicious cup of joe, hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Jon Bosworth by Jon Bosworth
Walking to class on any given day I can’t help but notice that I’m surrounded by one thing: opportunity. When you’re in high school considering where to go to college, many schools boast that they provide you with opportunities to better your future. While this is undoubtedly true at an institution such as Oregon State, it is not the type of opportunity I’m talking about. I’m talking about the type of opportunity that inspires generations of humans and brings people together. Among the thousands of students at OSU, there is opportunity to shape the world through serving and helping others.

There are days when I wake up and spend far too much time complaining about my situation. Whether it’s grumbling about all of the reading I have to do, making a fuss over the food at the dining hall, or even wishing I didn’t have to attend so many meetings, I do this far too often. I must remember today there are millions of children wondering if they’ll have food on the table. I must remember tonight there are hundreds of thousands of Americans without a home. I must remember tomorrow many communities will be in worse shape than they were today. And most of all I must remember how lucky I am.

Chances are if you’re reading this you’re pretty lucky too. Regardless of the state of our lives I believe, and Oregon State University believes, in the importance of service. Next Monday, January 19th, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day of remembrance and celebration of one of the greatest leaders our country has ever seen. Dr. King stressed themes of peace, love, and service, saying that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” As part of United We Serve—the President’s national community service initiative—we are called to participate in a day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Here at Oregon State University, we take this call very seriously and all students are encouraged to take a few hours out of their day to help improve their community. Whether this means serving a meal, cleaning up a park, or merely spending time with someone in need, there are endless opportunities in Corvallis to serve. As with previous years, the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) has put together many service activities at various times. On Saturday January 17 the city will join together to “strengthen communities, empower individuals, and bridge barriers.” By signing up you are provided a light breakfast and lunch as well as an experience to remember. To sign up through the Center for Civic Engagement please visit: and pick a project that best suits you.

Whether you sign up to serve on Saturday or any other day, it’s crucial that you engage with your community. Through my time at Oregon State I’ve seen a union of students, faculty, and community members come together for a common cause in bettering the world around them. The MLK Day of Service is another opportunity to do just that: improve the world one volunteer at a time.