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End of the Year Reflections

Dearest Penguins,

It’s finally that time! Graduation has come and for many of us, our time at Clark has come to an end. Whether you’re venturing to new places next year, or coming back to finish your degree, take a moment to reflect on some of your favorite highlights throughout the year.

I want to share mine!

As a student who is heavily interested in the arts, I was so excited when Clark opened a degree in Fine Arts and Music last year. So excited in fact, that I stayed an extra year to finish my second Associates Degree. I now have two under my belt, and the feeling of accomplishment is worth all of the hard work it took to get here. I hope all of you have experienced a sense of accomplishment this year, because you’re one step closer to a career, and doing something you love. This aspect of the year was one of my favorite highlights.

Another, was that I got to come back as a Student Ambassador for a second year! This job has been my connection to the community at Clark, and I have learned to appreciate how complex the college system can be. I got to work at some awesome events like the Sakura Festival, give tours to people from elementary school students to prospective Clark employees, meet new students on a daily basis, and promote Clark College in our community. I even got to

shoot a video, which was an experience I’d never had before. I highly encourage you to get involved somewhere on whatever campus you attend. It teaches you a lot, helps you make friends, and gives you a great sense of purpose. I know that wherever I’ll go from here, I’m always going to look for ways to be involved.

Remember to enjoy the little moments and big moments equally, because we can’t relive any of them. The biggest thing I will take away from my time here is to be positive, and never give up. It may sounds cheesy, but sometimes life can be really hard. If you keep your chin up, you can get through anything.

I believe in you.

Have a great summer, penguins!

 

Posted by Ambassador Abi

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Test Anxiety Happens

Hello everyone! It’s almost finals week, which means the next week or two can be very stressful. If that big final test is stressing you out; don’t worry –test anxiety happens. Luckily, the Health and Counseling center here on the main campus has some tips to help you beat test anxiety.

The first step in overcoming test anxiety is to recognize anxiety. Things to look out for include shakiness, rapid heart rate, tightness in your chest, upset stomach and rapid or shallow breathing. The first thing you should do is try to calm yourself down by “thinking holistically.” That means focus on your senses; sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, your emotions/thoughts. This will “ground” you.

The next step is to prepare for the test. The best way to keep the anxiety at bay, is to start studying well before the test. Cramming will add to your stress. One option is to start studying for a test about 5 days before your exam. This will give you more time to feel confident with the material. Another tip is to study in small chunks of time; 2-5 hours a day a week before the exam is good. This will help you remember things better and your brain will thank you.

Once you’re prepared, it’s time to strategize how you’re going to tackle this test. There are several ways to be a “smart test-taker” during a test. Answer the questions that you know the answer to. This will build your confidence. Read the question carefully –you may be missing something that will make the answer come to you.

This information is from the “Overcoming Test Anxiety” workshop, which was presented by the Health and Counseling Center. This office and the office of Student Success offer many different workshops on everything from personal growth to academic success. Check them out! The workshops are free and super helpful.

Posted by Ambassador Rachel

Become a 2018-2019 Student Ambassador!

Looking to expand your horizons? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of countless people while jump-starting your professional development, representing your college, and earning money? Well, I have the perfect opportunity for you! Now, for a limited time, the office of admissions is hiring Student Ambassadors! Sounds like a cheap, too-good-to-be-true infomercial, right? I can assure you, this opportunity is every bit as true as it is good.

 

What exactly are Student Ambassadors? Simply put, they are the face of the college. Their varied role includes representing Clark College to the community, introducing prospective students to the wonders of Clark, and assisting the college community with utilizing any of Clark’s many resources. If you ever saw someone leading a campus tour, dancing around as Oswald, welcoming folks on a sunny afternoon, or helping a new student through the application process and thought, “That looks fun,” then this position could be just up your alley!

My own time as a student ambassador has been extremely rewarding. It’s so exciting to help students along their journey at Clark, whether they’re just beginningor ready to graduate. I know I am making a difference by helping them achieve their goals while at the same time working towards achieving mine. Lab techs may have freedom and student government may have prestige, but if you want to be where the action is, then student ambassadors are the people to be! This is the job for servants, leaders, communicators, go-getters, and achievers. And while you’re being all these things, you’re also building a formidable resume, gaining skills and experience that will empower you for the future, creating valuable friendships and connections, and earning income to boot. Don’t wait! Drop by the welcome center to pick up an application today!

Posted by Ambassador Nathan

Learning English as a Second Language

Hi again!

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!

 

Posted by Ambassador Elvira

Stress Relief!

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

 

Posted by Ambassador Abi

 

Clark College ASL Department

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!

 

Posted by Ambassador Kody

Family Movie Night

 

Hello Penguins,

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!

 

 

 

Posted by Ambassador Makayla