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Dive On In

This world amazes me. Like a five-year-old in awe at the vast splendors beyond my grasp, I yearn to expand my playground. To me that’s what the world is, a jungle gym of wonderment, knowledge, and adventure hiding around every corner.

Believe it or not, there is more to the Eden like Vancouver Washington than Penguins and Clark College. When my happy feet are exhausted from waddling up and down the march of the Penguin Pathways, I use my fins and DIVE!!!!!!!

Vancouver Washington has a very strong Scuba community. Yes, its cold and rainy, but despite that, us Divers will indulge ourselves regardless.

My go to dive spot is Puget Sound towards Seattle. There’s a quaint lil abode called Sunrise Diving Resort, they have cheap package deals, a hot tub, bbq, kitchen, coffee shop, and more. The owner is extremely nice, and it has a real cozy, laid back, mom and pop feel. You can literally walk from the hotel into the ocean. There is camping and hiking nearby. I have seen sea lions, sea otters, seals, and tons of amazing life below the surface. Orca’s and the rare six gilled shark are known to frequent this area.

As long as I could recall, I have wanted to Scuba Dive. I now have under my belt my Open Water, Advanced Open Water, and Rescue Diver Certifications. This year I will be entering the Dive Master program through PADI and then the Dive Instructor program. I go through a local shop Seven Seas, which has been phenomenal and are great at working with divers of all skill levels and have all kinds training packages, gear, trips, and community events planned for divers and others as well.

My seafaring adventures include, but are not limited to diving to one hundred feet, a night dive under the radiant gaze of the full moons beams, in which I saw a pacific giant octopus at Octopus Hole in Puget Sound. At night the bioluminescence is gorgeous and looks like green fireflies in the water.

My favorite dive yet was diving to forty feet with a pumpkin and a dive knife, carving the pumpkin at the bottom, while fish swarm around me to feast on the eviscerated remains of the Jack-O-Lantern. I put a dive light inside of it to make it a true sea quest Jack-O-Lantern and guide my way back to shore. I arose from the depths of the sea triumphant. I won the 2017 Seven Seas Scuba Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest, which is put on annually in October by the dive shop.

What does scuba diving have to do with Clark College? Us Penguins work and study hard. We need breaks, an outlet, a reward. I love scuba diving. Under the blanket of the nurturing sea is the only place on the planet I can fully relax, forget my worries and woes, be at peace, and escape the confines of my overactive mind. It truly is magical in the ocean, which is still the last frontier. It’s akin to being an astronaut floating, navigating alien territory, mystified by the magnificent life abundant all around. I feel so alive down there. It’s exciting and I love sharing that bliss with others. I love the Pacific Northwest more than anywhere, and I am well-traveled. I am so lucky to be here and share its splendors. I want everyone to realize how fruitful it is and not take it for granted. Our community has a lot to offer. There is something for everyone. This is our playground. Seek out your passion and have fun. You deserve it. You worked hard and now it’s time to reward yourself. We are the Mighty Penguin Nation and we will take pride in our playground and play hard.

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For the Love of Music

img_20151128_203823407-1Some say “Music can tame, even the savage beast.” I say set the savage beast free. As a full-time student and working three jobs, life gets stressful. We all get frustrated and burnt out at times. My recommendation is to find a hobby that you are passionate about and is fulfilling. We get so wound up in the chaotic struggle to find order in our routine, that we forget how to free ourselves from the chains of our industrial ecosystem. So open your heart and soul and let that beast roar!!!

One of my greatest passion’s, which has carried me through many turbulent rivers of sorrow in life, is music. It has been an amazing healing mechanism and makes me feel vibrant sensations, words in any language cannot fully convey. I have over a terabyte of music and am not even close to having all the music I need. Eons beyond my deep love for the melodic banquets I feast upon, is my greater fervor of creating and performing music.

Green Jello live

I wrote my first song at the sprouting age of five and even drew a picture depicting it. I created my first band when I was twelve. I always had a flare for the theatrical and avant garde, which I have always incorporated into my music, utilizing costumes, props, special effects, humor, and any tool I could pull out of Pandora’s Box.

The best people I have met in life have been through my pursuit of music. Some of my favorite memories and greatest learning experiences have been a wonderful consequence of being in bands. I was always the front man and visionary. Being eccentric, I had a completely different approach to writing music. I wrote poetry, then created melodies and intricate scores, constructed to aurally illustrate the story. It takes a lot of patience, determination, and love to conduct a unique collection of individuals to work together to create something beautiful for the world to enjoy.

img_0389Create your own reality. There has been no greater joy than creating my own magical universe for others to jump into and for a moment relinquish the dread of a dismal day. Music has healing properties and through it, I am a healer. When I performed on stage the entire world melted away ,and I was in this endless ecstatic moment that was fulfilling in the deepest of levels. It’s crazy and amazing to have complete strangers come up to you while shopping for Fruity Pebbles and beer, and sing your song to you. If through music I could invoke hope in others, then my efforts were worthwhile. To me, true entertainment is making people feel, think, and expand themselves.

The best zombie costume is waking up, putting your uniform on, and going to work with a fake smile. We all need to resurrect the passion and find that primal part of us, still dancing around the fire. Through music and art, we can unhinge our link in the chain, letting our unbridled self out to play freely. Being your unfiltered self is healthy. I hope we can all find a way to do just that. My zeal is an over active volcano of passion and creativity. As a creator of music, I want to push boundaries and relieve people from the anguish of life by entertaining them with the creative outpour of my soul.


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The One Moto Show

                                                     MOTORCYCLE FEVER!!!


As a student, it’s important to reward yourself for hard work and find activities that can help keep you motivated. As I am not from the PNW, I am still exploring, discovering, and meeting new people. The best way to make new friends, is to go somewhere where there will be people with common interests.ww2-bike

larrys-bikeLast Friday, I sought out motorcycles, leather jackets, pizza, beer, music, and last but certainly not least doggies. Where on earth could you find a smorgasbord of so many varying awesome things??? My quest for Awesomeness was not in vain. My efforts were greatly rewarded by attending the 2017 The One Moto Show.

The One Moto Show is an annual event in the Portland area, sponsored by Harley Davidson and See See Motorcycles. It is a show where passionate motorcycle builders can show off the fruit of their blood, sweat, and laborious tears. There are several different classes of bikes, each having their own contest.

My friend Larry has been building custom bikes for years and has quite a reputation in the bike building underworld. He needed some parts machined, and I was ecstatic to be able to use the skills I am honing at Clark College in the Machining Program to help him out. Naturally, I leapt into the air screeching, vigorously clapping my hands together like a giddy child about to go Trick or Treating, having no shame concealing my excitement.

It was a sea of gorgeous powerful machines of all shapes, sizes, and luster, just beckoning me. I got motorcycle fever. Not only were there amazing bikes but they had several live bands, lots of food and beer vendors, different companies showcasing their products, a coffee shop, Red Bull girls giving away free Red Bull, and lots of other stuff. Being a Ninja Turtle at heart, I had pizza and beer. One thing that stood out to me was how pet friendly the atmosphere was. A lot of people brought their dogs. I’m an animal lover akin to Homer Simpson and donuts. If I see a dog, I have to stop and pet it, or I will die.puppy

Struck by motorcycle fever!!! Is there a cure??? Besides being a Student Ambassador, I have two machining jobs. The Moto Show was walking distance from work, so I worked late and then headed to the show to meet my friends. We were all salivating over the gallery of bikes all goo goo eyed and yearning for what may be. But to answer my own question for you, the readers benefit, yes there is a cure. Get a bike. But for me the antidote is more complex, as is everything in my life. I will not be satisfied until I build my own bike. I am a man of particular taste and enjoy creating my own things. With the skills I am learning in the machining program, I will be able to do just that.

It is extremely motivating and rewarding to be asked to work on something that pertains to my degree. I feel very fortunate to already be working in my field and be pursuing side projects in my spare time that also correlate with it as well. I spend a lot of weekends designing and building stuff that hopefully one day will be my bread and butter. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without being in the Clark College Machining Program.

Posted by Ambassador Jonathan

Posted by Ambassador Jonathan