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On-Campus Money Saver Tips

“College is expensive, there’s no doubting that, but Clark College offers numerous ways to save while on a budget!

Being a student at  Clark College has its perks! ASCC offers free coffee each morning of the week day to students at Student Life (PUB 160). Also join them for hot chocolate and oatmeal during Welcome Week.

Traveling to school every day can be expensive so take the bus instead! Through the BackPASS program any registered Clark College student with a current Clark College Student ID can purchase a quarterly discounted C-Tran Bus Pass. Visit the Clark College Bookstore in Gaiser Hall, each quarter to purchase a BackPASS for only $15.00 (current Clark
College student ID required – $9.00 annually).

Staying active and paying for a gym membership each month can add up in the long run! Registered Clark College students can purchase a discounted Fitness Center Pass at the beginning of each quarter for only $10.00! Visit the Office of Student Life in PUB 160 with your current SID number and proof of identification. Student Life will verify your current student status and provide you with a discount slip to take to the Cashier’s Office. Take the discount slip to the Cashier’s Office and present it to the Cashier to get the $10 Fitness Center Pass price. The Cashier’s Office will collect your discount slip when you pay. Then take your receipt to the fitness center and enjoy a whole quarter of fitness fun!

Ever notice those lockers around campus? Those are free to use! There are a limited number of lockers around campus for student-use. If you would like to reserve a locker FREE of charge in (PUB, HHL, SHL, JSH or APH) please visit the Office of Student Life in the Penguin Union Building 160 starting the first day of each quarter. This is a great way to save space at home and stay organized.

Stuck on a homework problem but can’t meet with your professor? Struggling in a class and rethinking your life choices? Have no fear, Student Tutoring Services is here! Student Tutoring Services is designed to provide individualized attention that facilitates student learning and academic success. Their friendly, supportive, and encouraging tutors assist with transitional studies as well as most business, English, math, science, and general education classes offered at Clark College. Tutors will also help you develop skills and confidence to become a stronger, more independent learner. Students who come in for tutoring may also access computers, software, handouts, reference materials, and other resources. This service is completely FREE!

There is also free counseling available on campus for anyone feeling stressed out or just wanting to talk to someone. Counselors are available to help students make changes that will enable them to achieve success in their personal, academic, and professional lives. The counselors provide free, short-term goal-focused counseling. Counselors support students in self-development, goal setting, and problem solving to enhance student success. Academic, personal, and mental health counseling is available. To make an appointment to see a counselor go to the Counseling and Health Center at the Health Sciences Building (HSC) Room 124 or email
There are so many more free and discounted resources available to Clark College students. If you ever have any questions about these resources stop by the Welcome Center or call us at 360-992-2078.”


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Veteran’s Resource Center

Hey everyone!

One of my favorite offices on campus is the Veterans Resource Center. The Veterans Resource Center is a safe and open environment with the goal of helping veterans and their dependents. They strive to highlight the resources and support services available for veterans in the community and at Clark College. Right as you walk in the door, you are greeted with a smile and they are always willing to go above and beyond for students.

When I spoke with those who work in the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) they commented on how many students do not even realize the amount of resources available to them! Hopefully this blog can shine a light on all the great things the VRC does. One of the main purposes of Clark College’s Veterans Affairs is they serve as a liaison between Clark College and the US Department of Veteran Affairs. This office will go over post 9/11 benefits, discuss veteran tuition waivers, FAFSA, and more. They are the first step for helping students set up their benefits at Clark College.

Another fantastic resource offered at the Veterans Resource Center is their textbook program. This program offers veterans a chance to rent books and materials needed to be successful in their classes, for FREE! This program relies heavily on student donations, so if you have a textbook you’re willing to donate, it would be greatly appreciated. After the first two weeks of the quarter, the program opens up to non-veterans, so don’t miss out on this great deal!

The Veteran Resource Center also offers English and math tutoring to veterans for a more hands on experience. Their office can get a little rowdy at times because everyone is such close friends, but they do have “quiet hours” for studying. They also have computers available for free printing and for veterans to do their school work. Also, the American Legion Post 176 has graciously donated money to assist our student veterans with oral care.  The Veterans Resource Center has partnered with the Clark College Dental Hygiene program to provide cleanings and fillings if necessary. Stop by the Veterans Resource Center today to find out if you qualify.

With all the resources and such, it is hard to summarize just how much this office does for this community. Not only are they willing to give a helping hand to those in need, they are a big family. It’s an environment where veterans can come together and not feel the pressures of what they may be dealing with on a daily basis. Instead, it’s a place to relax and feel at home. If you ever have the time, stop by and say hi to the group, you won’t regret it!


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Being an Active Penguin

Hey everyone!

With winter upon us and the days getting colder, it can be hard to find ways to stay active without freezing outside. Without a gym membership, many people feel lost when it comes to staying in shape as winter approaches. Skiing and ice hockey are great sports, but they can be costly and require a lot of training and time. However, with a little creativity and some basic equipment it can be easy to stay active this quarter.

osc-basketball-courtAt Clark College there are many ways on campus to stay active. The Thomson Fitness Center is located in the O’Connell Sports Center. This facility has a weight room and fitness area with staff ready to help and assist you with any of your fitness needs. If you are looking for a more one on one approach there are personal fitness trainers available. Certified Personal Trainers will set-up an exercise program tailored to your needs. Appointment takes approximately 1 hour and it is $40 for Fitness Center Members & Students and $50 for Fitness Center non-members. During your appointment you will talk with your trainer about times and prices that work best for you. If you want to train with a friend or a group up to four people you can save even more money! Sessions include initial consultation, demonstration, and practice of proper exercise technique. Each session takes about 45 minutes.

Also, students who are currently enrolled in Physical Education, Fitness Trainer, HPE 266 or HPE 258 (Fitness Wellness) courses are given a FREE gym membership during that quarter. General students can buy a $20 pass per quarter. ASCC has a limited number of passes per quarter that can be purchased for $10 but it is first come, first serve. All membership fees can be paid at the cashier’s office in Gaiser Hall.penguin

Seem a little daunting or pricy? HAVE NO FEAR! There are plenty of free ways to stay active as well. Clark College offers intramural sport programs that have recreational leagues for those looking for opportunities to learn a new sport or simply play for fun. Also, if you participate in 12 or more intramural activities during the winter quarter, you can earn a intramurals t-shirt! Here are the events for this winter quarter:


Mondays 9-10 PM

Fridays 12-2 PM

Indoor Soccer:

Tuesdays 12-1 PM

Thursdays 10-11 AM


Tuesdays 10-11 AM

Thursdays 12-1 PM

There are also some simple everyday changes you can make in your life that can make a big difference.workout-penguin2

  1. Running or walking up and down the stairs in your house or apartment building can be a great high intensity cardio and leg workout. Choosing the stairs over the elevator is always a healthy choice when available.
  2. A workout DVD or even a quick YouTube search to find indoor aerobic routines can pay off when you have limited space. If you have weights, resistance bands, a skipping rope, a stability ball, trampoline, or other equipment, you can incorporate those into a great full body workout.
  3. Do squats, push ups, or burpees during the commercial breaks of your favorite TV shows or marathons. Resist the urge to fast forward and work out instead!
  4. DRINK MORE WATER. The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.
  5. HAVE FUN! The most important part is having fun while staying active.

Hopefully these tips and tricks inspire you to stay active this winter quarter!

See you next time.

-Michaela Higgison

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Ice, ice, baby!

On November 15th I attended an ice skating event made possible by Clark College intramurals. The event was held at Mountain View Ice Arena and consisted of two and a half michaela-iceskating01
hours of skating time and PIZZA! Now you must be thinking that it cost a lot of money for the skate rentals and such, but the whole event only cost $5! What a steal!


I brought my boyfriend, Thomas, along with me because I thought it would be funny to have him watch me skate for the first iceskating02time in over 10 years. Thomas was rocky at first but quickly picked up speed while I moved at a snail’s pace clutching the railing of the ice rink. It was quite funny to watch little girls lap me and do tricks on the ice while I felt like a newborn baby dear walking for the first time. It really got me out of my comfort zone, but all around it was great fun. I would have never had this opportunity without Intramurals!

Intramurals is a program at Clark College that offers students an opportunity to participate in traditional sports such as basketball and volleyball or the more  nontraditional sports such as rock climbing and ice skating. These events are meant to be fun and competitive without the commitment you might see with a college sport. Students are free to come and go as they please and friends are always welcome! Most sports such as volleyball, basketball, and soccer meet weekly at a specific time. The atmosphere during these events is contagious, and it is easy to quickly make friends with the group. I encourage all students to try out an Intramurals event while at Clark College, you won’t regret it!

Below is the Intramurals Schedule for Fall Quarter:

See you next month!














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Meet Ambassador Michaela!


Hey Everyone!

My name is Michaela Higgison, and I am so excited for this upcoming year! For me, this year means graduation, applying to Washington State 2016-09-22_15-51-12University- Vancouver, and making my last year at Clark College as fun and rewarding as possible. As of right now, I am working towards a biology transfer, which will allow me to major in neuroscience/pre-med. My end goal after school is to become a doctor and like most college students, I am uncertain where exactly I will fit into the medical field. I feel myself leaning more towards oncology since my mother and grandfather have recently passed away from cancer. Raising awareness about cancer and early screening is something I take pride in.

img_20160924_173849-1Beyond school, I have multiple things that make my heart full of happiness. My boyfriend, Thomas and I recently adopted a German Shepard mix from the Oregon Humane Society. Her name is Kiwi and she has so much energy for being seven! She loves belly rubs, squeaky toys, and protecting us from the local squirrel mafia.

Along with hanging out with my main squeezes (Kiwi and Thomas), I love hiking and getting outdoors! I joined Clark College’s Outdoor and Recreational Club last year and have gone on numerous hikes throughout the year with the group. My favorite hike we went on was Angel’s Rest; it was fairly difficult but  worth the breathtaking view in the end. I would suggest every student join a club or program on campus! The friendships and experiences you gain are beyond worth it.


Group photo from the Angel’s Rest Hike!


I am so excited to meet everyone who walks through Clark College’s doors and make new friends along the way. Stop by and say hi to your student ambassadors!





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