By: Sara Kirkpatrick When I first applied to Portland State University, I remember the feeling of excitement I felt standing in line at the registrar. Looking back, it was this excitement that masked the hard academic realities that awaited me. I quickly learned that academia is definitely not for the weak-minded or faint-hearted. I … Continue reading Pushing past my fears, I got my degree!
By: Sara Kirkpatrick This Fall term, I’m wrapping up my Leading Social Change junior cluster, as I continue to give back to my community through the UNST 321 Learning in Action course. I have always enjoyed volunteering. From an early age, I was taught the importance of helping others. My mother showed me how to … Continue reading Who knew junior cluster courses could be this fun?
By: Sara Kirkpatrick Did you know women have more connectability between the left and right brain? This biological skill has naturally armed women with the ultimate advantage of engaging both sides of the brain: the analytical left and the creative right brain — amazing! However, as this skill offers many social advantages, it also increases … Continue reading Women & Apologies
By: Sara Kirkpatrick As college students, we struggle with stress on a daily basis, from weekly assignments, to midterms to final exams. Stress has become the annoying classmate sitting next to us in lectures, constantly demanding recognition and by default, holding us accountable for everything we could have done differently or better. I have always … Continue reading Stress My New BFF
By: Sara Kirkpatrick Have you ever met someone and thought, “I would just love to be friends with this person?” However, before you could articulate “hello,” the fear of awkwardness and rejection stopped you. Even extroverts, such as myself, from time to time find it uncomfortable when having to initiate conversations with fellow classmates, and … Continue reading Let’s be friends
By: Sara Kirkpatrick As students, we tend to wear an assortment of hats, each representing the variety of responsibilities we shoulder daily. This includes student, leader, networker, teammate, organizer, employee, freelancer, etc. Our list of responsibilities is ever increasing, as employer demands are constantly changing and the need for additional skills outside of traditional … Continue reading Hats off to pampering
By: Sara Kirkpatrick The fall leaves have officially fallen, and my summer tan-lines have slowly faded, but I am still determined to cling on to what’s left of my summer break activities. Gone are the days of karaoke Sundays, watching movie marathons, or attending an outdoor yoga class with my adorable French Bulldog (pictured on … Continue reading Holding on to summer’s downward facing dog
By: Sara Kirkpatrick Let the countdown for the final days of summer break commence. It’s official. Fall term is almost upon us; how are you spending your last days being textbook free? If you’re a super planner like me, you’ve made a “final days of college freedom checklist,” which consists of: a binge-list of … Continue reading September Sunshine + Networking = Opportunities
By: Sara Kirkpatrick As a Portland State student, how do you become a better leader? If you’re like me, you read a lot of books, troll Twitter for trending bloggers, and attend a few conferences. Recently, I’ve come to realize that one of the best ways to grow is to engage with other students. … Continue reading Lead by Example
By: Sara Kirkpatrick If you’re like me, summer term is a perfect opportunity to soak up some sun and get one step closer to achieving the dream of wearing the Portland State University emerald green cap and gown in 2017. Summer at PSU is one of the most beautiful times of year to be on campus. … Continue reading I’ll take summer school anytime!