Jenna Saperia  By Jenna Saperia

We’ve survived the first week of Fall Term! What now? Now, you get to explore Oregon State!

Game days are a big deal! Football games are a great way to have a break and enjoy the company of fellow Oregon State fans. Camping out for your Homecoming Day ticket is a good way to get pumped for the upcoming game! The atmosphere is electrifying and the cheers are energizing, so get into it! This is a judge free zone!

Try to switch up where you eat! There are so many places on campus that serve delicious food, all on your meal plan. Grab a few neighbors and set off on a food adventure! Whether you are craving Greek food, Chinese food, or American food, campus has got you covered! Changing it up is a great way to make new friends while grabbing a bite in between all that reading!

Events are always going on, so take advantage of them! Oregon State is constantly putting on performances, showing movies, giving away free swag, and educating students. Activities are always changing. There are free bowling nights, Humans vs Zombies, or choir performances. The best part is…it’s all free! Its a great way to make connections and learn about all that you can get involved with. So take your roommate and learn something new!

The lobby of your Residence Halls are a great place to meet people! No matter the time, someone is probably down there. Whether it is during a late night laundry run or you just can’t sleep, someone is down there for you to meet. Watch a movie with friends down there instead of on your tiny laptop screen, and I promise friends will accumulate!

Now that you know the ins and outs of Oregon State, go out and enjoy the rest of your first term!

You’ve unpacked your belongings, scored the top bunk, and eaten in the dining halls.
What’s next you ask? Getting to know campus of course! At Oregon State there are several key buildings that every student should be aware of. I’m here to help you identify these buildings and tell you a little bit more about the resources and activities located in them.

The first to know is a central building on campus named the Memorial Union, most often referred to as the MU. The MU houses a coffee shop, a convenience store, and six restaurants; all are great options if you want to eat outside of the dining hall but stay on campus. Other notable places include the MU lounge which has great chairs and sofas for reading, studying, and even the occasional nap. If you’re looking for something fun to do on a Friday night, the MU also has a bowling alley and other various games located in its basement.

Another noteworthy place is the Valley Library, one of the more modern buildings on campus. The Library is a wonderful and quiet place to study, but its resources are what make it such a key part of campus life. In the Library you can print your papers, find computer support at the Computer Helpdesk, use study rooms, as well as check out computers, tablets, and books. You’ll also find the Collaborative Learning Center, which has peer and GTA tutors. If you’re in need of a little something extra for your papers or just simply want to spend the afternoon with rare and historic books, check out the Special Collections & Archives Research Center on fifth floor. If you need to take a break from all the studying to grab a snack, head to the first floor of the Library where there is a coffee shop with an assortment of food and drinks to satisfy your cravings. Tip: Try snagging a study table in the Rotunda, there’s plenty of natural light to brighten your mood!

As students we’re always balancing busy schedules, but Dixon Recreation Center makes it easy to squeeze in a workout. Dixon offers a variety of ways to get your heart rate up and keep you healthy whether you’re lifting weights, rock climbing, running on the indoor track, or swimming laps in the pool. If you prefer working out in a group fitness setting, taking cycling classes, or getting your Zumba on, you can do that too! Dixon offers more than ninety group workout classes a week at convenient times to fit into your schedule. If you’re looking to lower your stress levels, you can take a yoga class, make use of the hot tub, and even get a massage at a reasonable price. To end your workout, you can reward yourself with a freshly made smoothie from the cafe just inside the doors of Dixon.

As the term begins, I hope you’re able to get to know the ins and outs of campus by checking out these buildings and all that Oregon State has to offer!

by McKenzie Ross

Breanna     Breanna Balleby

To all of you living on campus this year, welcome! Yesterday (Wednesday, September 24) marks the final day of move-in and we are well on our way into CONNECT Week. Something to keep in mind as you transition to life on campus is your hall staff. They are here to support you and it’s important you know how they can help make this year a great experience!

First off, I encourage you to get to know your RD (Resident Director). Each hall has an RD who helps to manage the building and the hall’s community. This person has at least a master’s degree and is a full-time professional staff member. All RDs host weekly office hours where you can meet with them individually regarding most aspects of university life.

RD Tip: stop by your RD’s office hours sometime during Week 1 or Week 2 to introduce yourself!

Secondly, many of you might be familiar with the acronym RA which stands for Resident Assistant. These are peers who live in the hall with their residents and help address student concerns. Being students themselves, RAs are a great in-hall resource and they can support you in a variety of ways. Their goal is to create a safe, intellectual, and well-connected community and they do so by assisting students on a day-to-day basis as well as through event programming.

RA Tip: when you see your RA at the main desk of your building say “hello” and ask them about some of the things you can check out from behind the desk

Next up, the CRFs (Community Relations Facilitators) are also peers who live on campus. There are seven CRFs campus-wide this year so about every other hall has a CRF. This position is built into residence hall life in order to promote social justice and help residents create an equitable and inclusive community. The CRFs will host facilitations surrounding topics such as diversity, social justice, etc. just about every month. They also host office hours so students can chat one-on-one with a CRF if they wish.

CRF Tip: keep an eye out for an upcoming CRF facilitation and plan to attend at least one facilitation this term

Finally, each hall on campus has one ALA (Academic Learning Assistant). As current students, the ALAs know quite well what it’s like to balance the components of college life. ALAs will plan academically-focused events in the hall and they will also have office hours throughout the week. They can help you improve your study skills, find resources on campus, understand how to utilize online resources (such as online registration or the Valley Library website), and generally help you towards your definition of academic success.

ALA Tip: find out when your ALA’s office hours are by stopping by their room or asking them the next time you see them in the hall

Logan By Logan Pedersen

You’ve made the big move, and now the experience begins! This upcoming week has lots of events in store for new students and one in particular that you won’t want to miss is the CLA Connect BBQ. It’s this Thursday, September 25th from 1:00 to 3:30 PM and will be held on the grass right in front of Gilkey Hall. If you like free food and having a great time then this event is definitely for you. It’s a time for freshmen and new students in the College of Liberal Arts to meet other students that share similar interests and majors. There will be lots of free delicious food, and in the meantime if you have any questions about this upcoming year, you can ask any of the CLA student ambassadors or academic advisers who are there just for you!

When I attended this event as a freshman I really enjoyed meeting so many students my age who were going to be studying my same subjects. I found it very helpful asking students with experience about all the involvement opportunities that were currently going on inside and outside of my major. It was there at the BBQ I learned about various clubs and groups on campus within my major which I now am apart of and help lead.

All of the advisers at START will also be available to chat, answer questions, and help make your first year as enjoyable as possible. The student ambassador team will also be there if you’d like a seasoned student’s perspective or if you’d just like to talk, get to know, and make connections with those who share your similar interests. Even if you haven’t declared a major yet, there will be lots of great information and people you can talk with to explore groups you can get involved with on campus. The ambassadors and advisers will be there for you and will help make your college experience even more enjoyable by informing you of great opportunities that may fit your interests. Be sure to make it out and stop by this event because it will be a great time to make new friends, create memories, and enjoy some great free food with fun people.

Good luck finishing getting moved in and we look forward to seeing you at the BBQ!

AlisonBy Alison Blazer

Greetings Liberal Arts grads!

I can’t believe we are already at the beginning of my last Week 10 as an OSU, CLA major.  Talk of commencement, family visits, and friendly farewells are being heard all across campus! To celebrate this unique transitional time, The College of Liberal Arts hosts a Commencement Reception for graduating seniors, as well as their friends and family each year. This year’s CLA Commencement Reception will be held on Friday, June 13th from 3:00—5:00 PM on the front lawn of Gilkey Hall.

CLA Dean Larry Rodgers, along with all of the members of the CLA Advising Staff, encourage graduating seniors to attend this reception in celebration of their achievements over the years. Personally, I’ve attended this event previously as a CLA Ambassador and have been consistently amazed by the turnout. Along with delicious food, some musical entertainment, and a few words from Dean Larry Rodgers, this event allows students to properly thank influential faculty mentors and professors within the College. Have CLA faculty members played a pivotal role in your journey towards commencement? Do you feel as though you wouldn’t be receiving your degree, or be leaving OSU with the same perspective and tools for the real world without any one faculty member? This is your chance to not only show your professors, advisors, instructors, etc. your appreciation, but also introduce them to your parents!

After several years of attending this event and seeing countless CLA graduates smile as they prepare to walk across that stage in Reser Stadium, I now get to attend the CLA Commencement Reception as a soon-to-be graduate myself, and thank all of those that have helped me along the way! So come join me– grab your friends and family, come savor some incredible catering, and mingle with your fellow CLAers at this year’s CLA Commencement Reception!

By Logan Pedersen

Hey Beaver Nation, I hope you are all ready to get your socks rocked off! DAM JAM is this weekend, Saturday May 31st, and it’s going to be an event to remember! Last year, the Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC) hosted Hoodie Allen at the Flat Tail Music Festival, which is now called DAM JAM and this event was hands down one of the best OSU had put on all year long. This year, the opening band is The Flavr Blue, and afterwards Mike Posner will come out to put on the big show!

The whole MU quad will be filled with thousands of OSU students, and a splash of lights will shine out among the crowd to get us started as the sun goes down. Grab a friend and be sure to bring your dancing shoes because it’ll be one great night. Tickets are free to all OSU students (MU 103) and only $10 to non-students (order online for both). The gates open at 7pm and there will be no re-entry into the event. The concert starts at 8pm and goes to 11pm. This is going to be an event you won’t want to miss so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out. I’ll see you there!

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DavidBy David Nauss

We can all feel it coming. The quad is filled with people, jackets are being traded out for tank tops, flip-flops are replacing boots and sunglasses are being worn. Yes summer is right around the corner and people are getting excited. Many people go home for summer, which I am sure is a great time, but as an out of state student I always spend my summers right here in Corvallis. And summer is in Corvallis is great! I will give just a few reasons in this blog why spending the summer in Corvallis may be the best summer of your life but also I encourage you to go and explore for yourself, there are plenty of hidden gems around Corvallis if you go out and find them.

The first item I want to talk about is the least fun but the most important and that is summer classes. Nobody wants to take summer classes but they are a great resource to use. The summer after my freshman year I took all of first year Spanish in a 10 weeks span and last summer a political science class called Sports and Politics and a baccalaureate core music class. Summer classes not only are allowing me to graduate on time, despite missing two terms for a family emergency, but also have allowed me to take just one class my last term of college. Wrapping up if you can take summer classes I encourage you to take them it will help you later on.

The other items on my list are more exciting than summer classes and they all revolve around being outdoors. The first is water activities. Corvallis is lucky enough to be close to many lakes, rivers and creeks so use them. There are many places to go fishing if you want or float down the river. Take advantage of your down time and relax by the water. If you are not a fan of water there are plenty of other activities to do. There are numerous hikes as well to do in Corvallis. Bald Hill and Mary’s Peak are not far outside Corvallis and give excellent views of Oregon’s countryside.

Lastly grab some friends and go play beach volleyball or soccer. The IM fields are still open over summer and unlike during the school year when it is either to cold and rainy to use them or you have class work to do, you have time and sunshine to use. So in conclusion summer in Corvallis is awesome and if you are staying in Corvallis this summer take advantage of all opportunities you have.

AlisonKaelynnBy Alison Blazer and Kaelyn Cochrane

Overwhelmed by the very idea of applying for a summer job, or a more permanent position post-graduation? Take it from myself and fellow graduating senior, Kaelyn Cochrane—we understand the panic and the stress. Entering the world of employment, even as a student worker, can be quite the transition, and quite a time consuming process. The purpose of this blog is to share with you a few tips on how to find those jobs to apply to, and how to make your application a stellar one once you find the position that’s right for you!

Steps to applying:

1) Do wide jobs searches on job websites:

Start big, and narrow down your choices from there. In order to get a feel for how many positions in your desired field are out there, you have to really search! Browse all of your options, network and talk to individuals already involved in your field of focus, and start creating a list of the positions you’d like to apply for. Here are a few useful websites that have job listings:

-Beaverjobnet

-Indeed.com

-Glassdoor.com

-Monster.com

Be sure to talk to those around you and make sure people understand what type of job you’re interested in. You never know when networking could pay off!

2) Narrow down your choices:

Although choosing a field of interest while searching for jobs is important, you also need to develop other guidelines for your search. Know what job titles you’re looking for, what location(s) you’re limiting your search to, your desired salary, and whether or not you want/need benefits. These are all contributing factors, and can hugely assist you in narrowing down your search. Again, here are some limiting criteria to keep in mind:

-Title

-Location

-Salary

-Benefits

3) Research the Company

Once you find a position(s) that’s right for you, be sure to research the company or organization a bit more. Not only is it important to know what the company’s philosophy is to determine whether or not you want to work there, but well-done research into a company’s structure and core values can help make you a competitive applicant.

-Visit the company/organization’s website

-Find their Core Values

-Research Company Structure

-Learn about the company’s in-office environment

-Read online reviews

-Talk to people who have worked their previously/currently work there

4) Be proud of your resume!

Writing a resume is not one-time activity, but rather something that’s meant to be carefully crafted into a representation of yourself on paper and it should be something you’re proud of when it’s finalized. I’d suggest writing down all of the involvement opportunities, leadership positions, job experiences etc. that you feel have provided you with the best skills over the years. In addition, the following sections of a resume should or can be included:

-Education

-Expected Graduation

-GPA and honors (optional)

-Relevant Coursework (less than 8 classes, optional)

-Study Abroad (optional)

-Objective (highly recommended, especially when creating a position-specific resume)

-Skills section (use words from job description, optional)

-References (optional, most jobs will request them if they’d like)

I’d recommend printing a copy out (editing is often easier with a hardcopy), and have an employer, parent, advisor, or friend edit it! It can only improve!

Throughout the process of updating your resume, be sure to keep in mind the following things:

-Why would YOU be a good fit for the company

-Cater your resume to each company

-Have a distinct & focused objective

5) Conquer that cover letter!

There once was a time when we were completely daunted by the notion of having to write a cover letter, and quite honestly that time was just a few months ago. The best way to tackle a cover letter is just to start writing! It can always be cut down, edited and revamped over and over until you feel it’s perfect, but without a draft, there’s nothing to edit!

Again, I’d recommend having someone read cover your letter. Also, be sure that no matter who reads the letter it makes a case for why YOU and YOUR skills are best suited to help the company/organization etc. that you’re applying to. This is your chance to boast in more words than can be written on a resume, so take advantage!

6) Start applying!

Now you’re ready for the most important step of all– applying! Follow our steps, talk to your peers, advisors, parents etc. and jump right into the process. Be sure to keep the following things in mind throughout the application process:

-Take note of everything that is required for the application!

-Keep a notebook with all of your job applications you have submitted, including dates!

-Follow-up! (With the HR department)

Oregon State’s Career Services offers free drop-in resume workshops, mock interviews, and a huge amount of online resources (including guidelines for tackling that cover letter) on their website. Take advantage of Career Services and all that is made available to you as an OSU student!

OSU Career Services Main Webpage: http://oregonstate.edu/career/

OSU Career Services Handouts (including resume and cover letter templates): http://oregonstate.edu/career/handouts

OSU Career Services Job Search Preparation: http://oregonstate.edu/career/job-search-preparation

 

MorganBy Morgan Willer

My day starts at 4:45 am with a lot of coffee and a long drive. My days are often filled with laughter, sarcasm, and frustration. Nights are spent grading papers, enjoying new perspectives, and planning what I will say to my students the next morning. I am a teacher, or more accurately, a student-teacher.

Currently I’m completing the last part of my Education Degree which is experience in a classroom. I teach social studies to high school students at a Salem High School, and I LOVE every minute (most days). A typical day for me is getting to the school at 6:45 am. I’m usually hyped up on coffee so I have energy to start off first period. My students are smart, funny, and most of the time, focused. Some days they will not stop talking and I cannot figure out how to make them listen, but most days I love their energy!

If I’m not teaching, I’m observing other teachers, or taking the time to plan lessons. What most people don’t realize is that teachers put a lot of time into figuring out what they will be teaching their students each day. There are standards, and objectives, and assessments (all that confusing education lingo). What I’m trying to say is that I put a lot of passion into what I’m planning so my students will enjoy it. That could mean interpreting WWII motivations through 1940’s Captain America comics, or watching a documentary about the conflict in the Middle East from a child’s perspective. If you will be student-teaching my advice to you is to PLAN everything out ahead of time. The more prepared you are, the better your lesson will be.

Students know when you put effort into what you do. This includes building relationships. If you’re student-teaching get to know your students. Talk to them before or after class, ask them about their interests, go to school sporting events, or even chaperone a dance. My teaching experience has become so much more fun as I’ve gotten to know my students, and I know it will be hard to leave when it comes time.

One of the hardest things about being a student-teacher is worrying you won’t do something quite right, you’ll say the wrong thing, or your students won’t succeed. All I can tell you is to keep going. Keep trying, keep showing up with your best in the classroom, and keep encouraging your students to try harder. Believe it or not they look up to you and they will see how hard you try. By 2:20 when school ends I’m exhausted, but I still take the time to stay and talk to students or help with late work. This is a part of the whole experience.

My days typically end late at night because of the grading, the planning, and the thinking. The thinking about your students and how you can help them has to be my favorite part of the teaching experience. Every day I can’t wait to get back in the classroom, to talk with them, and to help them learn something or improve a skill (even if it’s the tiniest thing). There’s no way that your students will remember every battle in the Civil War, or the process of a cell in Biology class, but they will remember big ideas and the work you put in. If I can get them to be passionate about something, then I’m doing my job right.

If you have any questions about what it’s like to be a student-teacher, please feel free to email me at willerm@onid.orst.edu

KatyBy Katy Krieger

For those of you in the Honors College or even in the International Degree program you all know the term thesis. But for those of you who are in the dark here is a brief intro; a thesis is a larger, self-directed project that can either be traditionally academic or creative and is a culminating or capstone project.

As I wrap up work on my thesis (and by wrap I mean lose sleep and drink copious amounts of Starbucks), I sit and wonder about the things I did right and wrong during the whole process. I will give myself credit for the vast amount of time it takes in psychology to go through data and “clean it” for use or the two terms I spent reading previous literature to uphold my argument. However, there are a few things I would go back and change so that I am not as stressed as I am.

First off, taking the thesis class really kick started my project and got me thinking of a mentor and question I wanted to explore. The assignments seemed like a hassle at the time but reading other theses and talking to potential mentors was a great use of my time and streamlined the whole process. I heed everyone who has taken/will take the thesis focused courses to really utilize your time and capitalize on the assignments you have to do. Also, taking thesis credits gave me the time I needed to explore the literature that my mentor wanted me to read through as well as gave me some elective credit in psychology. It’s all about maximizing your opportunities and anytime you can get credit and knockout some of your thesis GO FOR IT! Overall, my timeline for my thesis has been much longer than originally anticipated but the finished product (or the drafts I have of it right now) are really an accomplishment and say something about the work I put into the project. I will also give myself a pat on the back for choosing the project that I did and working with my wonderful mentor Dr. Frank Bernieri. My project constantly keeps me interested and Dr. Bernieri has been an incredible mentor helping me with everything from brainstorming to the data analysis process.

Now to the things I would have changed (GULP). I wish I would have stuck harder to my personal deadlines and not let other distractions or work overtake this project. Lately I have felt bogged down by putting all the pieces I have together and I know my original plan of attack was much for focused than this. I also think I would have spread out my thesis credits over a few terms instead of during one spring quarter; having allotted time each term would have been beneficial especially since I meet with my mentor so often. Procrastination has also been a downfall of mine and using the mantra “I still have plenty of time” has clearly made me push my work to the time limit.

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To those working on a thesis I wish you all the luck in the world and you will totally come through this strong and totally rock your defense! To anyone interested in getting some other insight and tips into writing a thesis make sure you come to the Valley Library on May 16th to check out the UHC thesis far.