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As winter is coming to an end, it is time for some nice, warm, and sunny weather outside. Spring is just around the corner. I hope you are enjoying this wonderful time of the year. There is one more quarter left until summer. With this in mind, I would like to talk about a great opportunity for those who either recently came to the United States, or have lived here for some time but haven’t had the ability to study English. Clark College offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. You can start at any level.
ESL classes are designed for students who want to study or improve their English language skills. If you would like to learn more information about this program, you are welcome to come to an English as a Second Language information session. At this session you will: learn about classes, fill out an application if you still haven’t applied to Clark, and sign-up for a testing orientation. You do not need to register for this session, so feel free to come to any of them. However, please bring your photo ID with you. It will take place at the main campus – Gaiser Hall, room 213. Your friends and family can also attend this session with you. Here is a link with the dates and times available: http://www.clark.edu/academics/transitional-ed/esl.php
As for me, I have studied a few languages, so I know how tough it may be at times with the language barrier. Currently, I am studying Spanish. Last summer, I went to Spain through a study abroad program at Clark, and I remember how hard it was at first to try to listen, speak, understand, and learn the language and culture of a foreign country. However, I think it is worth it a lot.
I want to wish everyone a wonderful ending of the winter quarter and a great beginning of spring!
Hello Penguins! I hope winter quarter is going smoothly for all of you!
However, I realize that at this time of year things can be stressful. We are getting ready for next quarter, starting final projects, and maybe even job searching. After recently attending a Stress Management Workshop and doing some outside research, I discovered a few helpful ways to relieve stress and improve your overall mental health.
- Breathing. Seems simple, right? This technique is targeted toward purposeful breathing and putting aside time to do so. By lying on your back and taking deep breaths, this relaxes the body and slows your heart rate. It causes your parasympathetic nervous system to engage, which is the part of the brain involved with relaxing muscles in your body, and calming states of hyperactivity.
- Aromatherapy. Many people are increasingly interested in the powers of aromatherapy, especially using essential oils. Certain smells can boost your energy level, ease aches and pains, and relieve stress. The top recommended smells are lavender (anti-anxiety and mood stabilizing), Rose (shock relief, anti-depressant), and Chamomile (decreases irritability, calming). The oil is concentrated so you don’t have to use much, but putting some on your temples or places on the body where you feel pain offers instant relief and comfort.
- Nature. There is nothing quite like getting outside on a nice day and spending time in nature. Here in the great NW it is hard to pinpoint times of the year that will be sunny. It’s important to get outside when those days occur, because constant grey skies drain your emotional system even if you don’t realize it. As you know, the sun produces vitamin D, whose functions include reducing depression. It is common in usually grey areas for people to become increasingly stressed and depressed due to lack of sunlight. If you are not able to get outside as much, you can buy a vitamin D supplement that will help your mind stay stress free. I still recommend at least going for an hour-long walk on clear days, to get fresh air.
- Music. As a musician, I will always promote using music to relieve stress. One way to do this is by listening to music at a high volume. By doing this, the music becomes a distraction for your brain, and allows it to release “feel-good” hormones into your body. A high volume also gives people a sense of control and stability that counteracts a scattered feeling. I would not recommend doing this often because it can damage your ears, but try it once and a while when you’re really stressed. Experts also recommend listening to classical music to relieve stress. Because most classical music has a definable structure, it calms the brain by sounding organized and offering resolving sounds.
Whatever method you choose, remember that relieving stress is the key to being more successful in school, work, and life in general. By prioritizing time for self-maintenance, you are insuring that your body and mind are equipped to handle anything that comes your way.
One of my favorite things I had the opportunity to explore while here at Clark College was ASL and Deaf Culture. I started with Deaf Culture, where I walked in worried about not ever having been exposed to Deaf Culture previously, and didn’t know what to expect. I walked in and over the time in the class, I found a whole new awareness, not only of Deaf Culture today, but what created and influenced it throughout history. We took a look specifically at American Deaf Culture, where I learned more about many other cultures, like the difference between collectivist and individualistic culture. We covered some current issues that Deaf and Hard of Hearing people face. I was able to learn that many Deaf people don’t feel like they have a disability, and learned more about how the community more closely adheres to a language minority. This helped me to make the decision to take ASL classes as well. Being a person that interacts with the community, I never realized how much educating myself can truly impact someone else’s day.
I continued on to take ASL 201, and though I thought there were definite times that I struggled, I realized just how much I am able to learn when I push myself. I am now focusing on getting my credits for my degrees completed and then plan to return to complete the next classes in the sequence. I will be applying what I have learned into my future plans by incorporating a more aware design to my business, making it more accessible and welcoming to the Deaf community.
In Deaf Culture I learned a lot more about the necessity for programs that assist with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, and as a student leader I have used the knowledge to understand the value of what Clark College offers to Deaf and Hard of Hearing faculty and students.
The Disability Support Services (DSS) office is a great resource on campus. They are here to make Clark College accessible to our students. Some of the resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are interpreters or captioning for videos. If you identify as someone who needs assistance or have had accommodations in the past, I highly recommend dropping in to the office located in the Penguin Union Building (PUB) 013 early. I say early because some accommodations can take time to arrange and you want to make sure to have everything completed in time for your first class!
Hope your finals go well and have a wonderful winter break!
I hope everyone had a relaxing break! This week starts December, which means our lives are about to get extremely busy. With finals coming up in the next couple of weeks just remember there are resources here at Clark to help you, and you can do it! However, make sure to put the books down every once in a while to make time for some fun and yourself. Starting with this Wednesday night. November 29th Student Life is holding a family movie night.
Family movie night starts at 4pm, but I would get there a little earlier to make sure you get in line for the free pizza they are giving out. Yes, completely free. You can bring your children, siblings, nieces, nephews, whoever! Family movie night will be located in Gaiser Student Center.
If the free movie and pizza does not convince you enough I am sure the movies will. The first movie will be Despicable Me 3, this movie starts at 4pm. This movie is rated PG and is kid friendly. If you have seen the first two movies, you know you will not want to miss this movie. I personally have not yet seen the third one but I have seen the first one about 75 times and it never disappoints.
The second movie starts at 6pm, which will be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. This movie is rated PG-13. Therefore, if you have youngsters who are not allowed to watch it or it will be too late you can just come to the first one. On the other hand, if the first movie does not interested you can come to the 6pm movie.
Either way a free dinner and movie is not something that you should pass up. We will see you Wednesday night in the Gaiser Student Center!
Clark has just opened up a brand new resource for students called the Penguin Pantry. The Penguin Pantry can support you by helping eliminate hunger and connecting you to outside resources. The pantry is a place where you can go to pick up a variety of foods either to take home or to eat as lunch. Other than food they have things such as soap, toothbrush, feminine products, and even school supplies. Outside resources they help you connect with are counseling services, public benefits, and local food banks. This is a safe place for students to go. There is also a microwave and tables in the pantry so feel comfortable to eat there.
If you are able to please help the Penguin Pantry continue to grow by donating. There are multiple ways you can donate. You can either bring in items or send a financial contribution. Items can be dropped off either at the Penguin Pantry or in Gaiser Hall upstairs room 204 in the Office of the Vice-President of Student Affairs. Items that can be donated include non-perishable foods, gift cards, and basic toiletries. All financial contributions must go through the Clark College Foundation. I will include items they are requesting right now on their website:
- Canned food/Dried fruit
- Granola bars
- Protein-rich snacks
- Menstrual products
- Toothbrushes/tooth paste
The Penguin Pantry is located in the Science Building (SCI) in room 101. The hours for this Fall 2017 quarter are Monday, Thursday, and Fridays from 11am until 2pm. Tuesday and Wednesday from 2pm until 5pm.
I am writing my last ambassador blog ever! Weird. I have had the honor of being a Clark College ambassador for over a year now. My time as a Penguin ends today and my time as a Student Ambassador ends this month.
I am transferring to the University of Washington for winter quarter and I am beyond excited.
I am not very good with words or goodbyes, so I have made two videos for you all and hope you enjoy it.
Thank you Clark College for giving me multiple opportunities to be the best student I can be.
I will always be proud of being a Penguin.
My name is Jonathan Dutson and I’m a new Student Ambassador. I became an Ambassador because I wanted to help create a strong community on campus. I also find people fascinating and enjoy meeting new people and learning about them. Before working at Clark College I was a bar manager for a year and a half, and now I am a student tender.
I am not a Native Washingtonian, but I feel like one already. I hail from the land of dirt, concrete, and cactus, A.K.A. Arizona. I’ve wanted to move to the Pacific Northwest since I was thirteen. I did a bunch of research and talked to people and deducted that Vancouver was destined to be my new abode. Don’t hate on the rain guys! Without it, this paradise wouldn’t be so lush and green. In Arizona, it’s still over one hundred degrees in November, and can get up to the 130’s in some places. When I was a kid, a day that rained was cherished more than Christmas, so it’s sweet nostalgia living here. Not to mention, the people here are so nice, accepting, laid back, and don’t try to fight you in traffic. I feel a lot of people that were raised here take for granted how special it truly is.
Growing up everyone called me “Renaissance Man”, because my vast passions and talents, which is a blessing and a curse. Especially when I do not have time to pursue everything I am passionate about. Even more difficult, is choosing which ones to focus on the most.
My many interests are acting, film making, theatre, writing, singing, composing and performing music, drawing, art, design, scuba diving, the outdoors, working out, martial arts, traveling, cooking, reading, coffee, and laughing. As you can see, no one on the planet has time for that many interests. Between full-time school and two jobs, I have to prioritize. Most of my spare time is spent working out, training to be a scuba instructor, exploring nature, cooking because I’m poor, and a combo of the rest. After I graduate, I plan on opening up my own business, so I also spend a lot of time on that.
I will be at the Info Desk or Welcome Center to help you out or make you laugh (I do great impressions). As I said earlier I’m not from here, so come say “hi!” I love meeting new people.