One thing that has always bothered me is the length of summer break. Starting school on September 30 seems like the school year has been prolonged on purpose. Maybe I do not have enough things to do, but summer days get very old after a while. There are only so many barbecues, festivals, parties, and late nights to keep me entertained.
In addition, very few college students need an entire three months to vacate to their favorite destinations. Even after taking summer classes, students still get well over a month to kick back and take in some rays.
I enjoy summer as much as the next guy, but getting a three-month summer and one skimpy week for spring break is really salt in an open wound. Who’s bright idea was it to give us about a month for winter, three months for summer and only five weekdays for spring break? Something does not add up here. Someone out there must feel my pain. We should definitely fight for our right to party for at least a two-week spring break, and get back to school a tad bit sooner in the fall. I do not know about you my fellow Vikings, but this guy right here is ready to get back to business.
Lastly, do not get me wrong, we all work hard and deserve some time away from the classroom, but as with all things in life, too much of something is never good for you. Oh well, enjoy the rest of your summer, my friends. Are you ready to go back to school?
- DeLon R. Lewis
I attended Portland State 2010-2011. I became a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, president of the Black Cultural Affairs Board, student leader in the LSAMP program and was very involved with Multicultural Affairs. All these activities on top of studying computer science and paying out-of-state tuition overwhelmed me. I said “yes” to far too many commitments. I was on a $30,000 search for what I wanted to do with my life.
Sequentially, before I let the weight of my challenges become a burden, I felt that a return to my home town of Kent, WA would allow me time to soul search and gain confidence to find my way in this world and save some money as well. One thing I did not give up on was remaining a student. Over the 2011 winter break, I enrolled at Highline Community College in Des Moines, WA. Little did I know my life would change forever.
The heat wave is finally HERE!
It seems Portland has decided that the rainy days are over, and summer has found its way to us at last—past time, if you ask me.
Just a few days ago, I was feeling pretty down—I’m taking summer classes, and when it’s raining or overcast and you’re bussing to class during the summer (when you should rightfully be playing frisbee and sippin’ brews with friends), it’s kind of a bummer.
But now summer is undoubtedly here (hell, it’s 86 degrees!) and my frown has turned upside down. It doesn’t hurt that my roommates and I just bought a grill too. Class is always easier to attend when you know you’re coming home to sizzling patties, toasty buns, and some good ol’ iced lemonade. It’s true, I would rather be playing soccer or picking up a six pack at the store than going to class when it’s this nice out, but going to class when it’s sunny sure beats trekking to class through crappy June weather.
What have you been up to now that summer’s decided to show its face?
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
Love the outdoors? See what services Portland State’s Outdoors Program has to offer.
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