Ironically, college gives me no time to read on my own terms.
Walking into the library for the first time, I was flabbergasted. So many books, so many authors, so little time! There seems to be literally millions of titles—and not just books, but maps and comics and mags and journals and EVERYTHING. Read more
I was just trying to get some free food, but then I accidently learned about some pressing global issues. It’s the eternal experience of leaving the house: while trying to do one thing, another thing happens instead. Read more
1. Believe it or not, not everyone is a hipster here. Yes there’s a lot of stylish duds and mason jar usage, but there are a wide variety of cultures on campus. Read more
Did you know that international students from Portland State are sharing their cultures with inquisitive audiences throughout Oregon?
I went to a care home for the elderly and talked to them about Japanese culture. I also spoke about my life in Japan with 500 middle- and high school-age students, and I went to a summer camp to provide a workshop on origami and papermaking.
I did this as a member of the International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) at PSU. The ICSP is a scholarship program for international students dedicated to promoting the recognition of commonalities and appreciation of differences through firsthand knowledge and experience. Read more
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Storytelling is an art that has been around for thousands of years. Cultures around the world have used storytelling as a means of entertainment, preservation and transmission of knowledge from one generation to the other. However today, in most Western cultures, this beautiful form of art has almost been lost. With the exception of many of the Native American tribes, the only stories that are now shared unfortunately are those that are read to children. Even then, not many remember those stories anymore, because we “have them” in our books that most often never leave our bookshelves after they are read once or twice. Read more
Chiron Studies is pretty great. It took me till my last year at Portland State to take a course, but in “Active Anthropology” we’re volunteering and gardening through local nonprofit Wisdom of the Elders. The gardening in particular has been great—there is something so satisfying about the peaceful property near Powell Butte
Chiron Studies appears under “independent studies” in the course catalog. It doesn’t count toward any degree, but the credits count as electives. Chiron lets anyone teach their own college class, providing they have a faculty sponsor and can pass other miscellaneous rigamarole. Read more
We’ve all been there before. You’re up hours past your bed time, studying for that midterm in the morning, and suddenly your stomach starts grumbling. You need to take a break and put some food in your belly, but there aren’t many late-night choices on campus. Here’s a list of the my picks:
1.) Pita Pit. Some say it’s a bit pricy, but Pita Pit is your best bet if you’re in the mood for a healthy gyro after midnight. It’s also one of the only true “restaurants” open late on campus.
2.) Subway. Might not be as healthy as Pita Pit, but this baby’s cheaper and open 24/7.
Often students wonder, “Am I ever going to use all this knowledge when I am done with school, and if so, how?!” Well sometimes the doors of opportunity open only because you have specific knowledge, and it becomes your education that gets you the job you never thought you would get. I simply speak from experience.
After finishing my master’s courses at PSU, I went on a search for jobs. I really did not know what I was looking for. Portland, I thought, would be a good place for new opportunities, but five months later, nothing came up. I finally realized I had to look beyond my comfort zone and be open to other possibilities. Read more
Have you ever noticed how most people will go out of their way to tell someone that they’re doing a bad job, but not when they are particularly good? Where do we begin seeing this… Google reviews, Yelp, Ebay, Amazon, and (probably most prominent for college students) Rate My Professor.com. Read more