Since you all won’t hear from me until 2014 I thought it would only be right to share my New Year’s resolution here on PSU Chronicles. For 2014, I want to improve my time management skills. More specifically, I want to be places and turn in assignments early rather than late or on time.
I did pretty well with my resolution for 2013, which was to follow through and do the things I say I will do. The only thing that stopped me from being more effective on that goal was poor time management. Waiting until the last minute to do something is probably my one Achilles heel. That is going to change in 2014.
In order to be successful with my resolution, I must become a better planner. As soon as I receive a task, I plan to begin working on it sooner than later. If you know anything about me, I suck at being punctual. I find it hard to get out of bed and I also take a long time getting ready to leave. If I can ease off the snooze button and leave the house sooner, I should be in good shape.
Now I am curious to know, PSU Chronicles followers, what is your New Year’s resolution going to be? As always GO VIKS!!!!
Being a full time student and commuting from quite a distance has some straining effects on my time. However, the strains tend to be created out of my choice whether I like to admit or not. One of those strains used to prevent me from working out consistently throughout the week. What is ironic is that I never had the time to work out when I used to live on or near campus. One would imagine that being so close to the gym would give me an incentive to workout.
For the last two months, I have successfully worked out throughout the week in one hour sessions. There have been days in which I missed a workout but they are few and far. Whether I am tired, feeling depressed, or if it’s late in the evening, I always have to get a workout done. The results have been satisfactory, I have gained decent amount of muscle.
Working out for two months has proven to me that I can mold my physique, but more importantly, that I could commit to achieve a greater will. I will admit that I work out to look good but consequently I have also started to feel better, perhaps because I know that I can control how my body looks but also how it performs. Ultimately however, my body may be one of the few things in which I have total control in my life.
I got a chance to catch up with two of my very good friends on the Portland State football team after one of their practices before they defeated University of North Dakota. These two gentlemen, junior Vincent Johnson (left) and senior Bryant Long (right), took time out to answer some questions from me. In this interview we go over everything from their respective recruiting trips to their brotherhood in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. See these guys on the field for our last home game of the season against Sacramento State University at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Jeld-Wen Field. Are there any other athletes or student leaders you would like to see in a future interview? GO VIKS!
I’m still not sure I am equipped to handle the stress that comes with graduate school. When people said it would be hard, I laughed at them. I never had to read assignments in undergrad, and writing papers was easy.
If you are thinking about grad school you should just know that the reading is ridiculous; hundreds of pages per week. The papers are long. I scoff at anything in the single digits now. Stress will eat you for dinner, and it will eat your other grad school friends for dessert. Time management is a must, and the funny thing is that it used to be a skill of mine UNTIL I started grad school. Not to mention I work two jobs so I can stay alive, AND I have a dog. You might think you are immune to grad school, but trust me, you aren’t; at times it is just plain rough.
I know that in the end it will all be worth it and I am already half way through, but some days it just feels like for every bit of progress I make, every time I get to the top of that hill, someone is standing at the stop waiting to shove me back down.
Sometimes you just have to allow yourself to feel like an idiot, to be stressed and bummed, to cry your eyes out over the injustices YOU signed up for, and then give yourself a pep talk and get back to it.
Speaking of pep talks, this always makes me feel better:
Adventure is out there. Being in college has taught me to go and explore the world around me. There is something about finding a new place that makes me feel alive: going hiking, exploring a new coffee shop, or even just meeting different people along the way. Adventure is what you make it. Go out and DO.
Go find a mountain.
Go find a park.
Go eat new food.
Go and find a community that supports you.
I challenge all of you this week to go to a place you have never been before. Seek adventure, because you never know what you are going to find.
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
In the Portland metro area there are only two ways by car to cross the Columbia River, the I-5 Bridge and the I-205 bridge. And that’s it for the foreseeable future now that the Washington state legislature has rejected funding a new bridge via a Republican controlled Senate coalition. Is there an issue about this commute to PSU that affects students and their decision to attend the university?
The current I-5 Bridge was built in 1917 with a twin section completed in 1958. As the only drawbridge on the entire length of Interstate 5, it has the only stop sign on this important freeway. Hundreds of thousands of cars cross it daily going either north or south, and 60,000 vehicles alone travel from Vancouver to Portland per day for employment. It is a crucial connection for greater Portland and the entire West Coast.
The design of the bridge, although an engineering achievement in 1917, is now being used far beyond its design capabilities. The bridge’s wooden pilings are not set in the bedrock beneath the river but in the sandy bottom, thus increasing many times, the damage an earthquake could cause. Hours-long traffic snarls occur on a daily basis.
How amy PSU students find commuting to the university hindered by this ancient bridge? How many students find they must attend another university because they simply cannot rely upon a commute to Portland utilizing this old bridge with its traffic nightmares?
Students, faculty or staff of PSU, what do you think?