Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The PLU Bucket List

This is my third and final year as an undergraduate at Pacific Lutheran University, which had me thinking about all the things I still have to cross off my PLU Bucket List! The last year has gone by so fast and I will have so many fun memories to look back on, but there are still a few things I would like to do! If you are graduating or your stay at PLU is ending take a look through the list below to make sure you don't miss anything!

Here are 55 things to do before you graduate from PLU:

1. Go to President Krise's Gonyea House
2. Get a gold nametag
3. Get your picture on the PLU website or flyer
4. Skip a rock across Red Square to hear music
5. Declare a Major/Minor
6. Have a class in every building on campus (MBR, Morken, Admin, Xavier, Hong, Ramstad, Olson, Columbia Center, Ingram)
7. Befriend a student from another country than your own
8. Take a class just for fun
9. Perform on campus
10. Study away with PLU
11. Pull an all-nighter in the library
12. Put gum of the "gum tree"
13. Have coffee/lunch/dinner with a Professor
14. Join a club on campus
15. Start a club on campus
16. Study on Garfield street
17. Shop at the Garfield bookstore
18. Volunteer through PLU
19. Explore with Outdoor Recreation
20. Attend a PLU Sports Event
21. Hang out in the D(iversity) Center
22. Attend a concert in Mary Baker Russell
23. Perform on Stage
24. Play Tennis in the courts
25. Run on the PLU Track
26. See Mount Rainier from the 9th floor of Tingelstad
27. Have a sleepover in the dorms
28. Go on an all-hall retreat
29. Attend office hours with your professor
30. "Study"/Sunbathe on Foss Field or Redsquare
31. Learn a new language
32. Eat in the UC
33. Make dinner in a dorm
34. Visit every single dorm
35. Swim in the PLU pool
36. Participate in the PLU Color Run
37. Go to the Women's Center
38. Participate in Relay for Life
39. Attend LollaPLUza
40. Eat at every restaurant around campus
41. Attend a Career Fair
42. Buy something at BizVenture
43. Check out the Keck Observatory
44. Go to the Writing Center for help
45. Play with therapy dogs during final's week
46. Attend a PLUtonic and HERmonic concert
47. Buy a PLU sweatshirt
48. Take a picture infant of a PLU sign
49. Take a selfie with President Krise
50. Pull an all-nighter in the library
51. Read an issue of the Mooring Mast and the Daily Flyer
52. Rent a bike from the Bike Co-op
53. Attend Open Micc Night at Northern Pacific Coffee Co.
54. Play sand volleyball outside Pfleuger
55. Spin the sculpture in Red Square

I'm excited to say that I will be returning to PLU in the Fall to do my Masters which will give me a little more time to complete my list! Good luck everyone! See you next year!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

W-E | A-R-E | T-H-E-R-E | G-U-Y-S!

Dear Friends,
Yes, only two weeks remaining for this academic year 2014-2015! J
Congrats again for making it to this point.
One week before finals week! Huh. Do I have something interesting enough to share with you guys at this moment? Maybe my crazy busy schedule, huh no! Not interesting enough, I know that many of you are way busier than I do. So, I don’t think it’s a good idea.

This is what happen, we have only this week left before we get into the serious stuff, and I am sure that many, if not all of you are preparing hard for this final battle. Couple with the fact that there are numerous assignments, projects, presentations due within this short period of time. Most sad of all, many of you are barely making it to three or even four hours of sleep per night.

For this simple reason, I will not emphasize studying hard today, but instead I will encourage you guys to take a short break, especially for this weekend in order to refresh your memories and get ready for the dead week!

Here are some great on-campus events that you should not miss at all. The cool thing is that most of these events are free admission for the PLU Community or even anyone with a Student ID, but some others required some entry tickets.
LollaPLUza 2015- will be on May 9th- it’s an annual music festival hosted by the Associated Students of Pacific Lutheran University. The event will be held on lower campus on the former Golf Course from 1pm to 7pm. The event is free, check it out, it will be a nice event to attend. For more info:
The PLU Color Loop (Information provided below)

Into the Woods (Information provided below)

These are just few events, for a full listing of all on–campus events and activities scheduled for this month of May, please check it out here:
I wish you all a blessed and enjoyable week and good luck on your finals!
Your friend,
Pape Mathioro Samba


Saturday, May 2, 2015

WPA 2015: Psychology Research Conference in Las Vegas

Hi everyone! This semester has felt so short, I can't believe there are only 2 weeks left of this school year. I'm writing this blog from an airport in Arizona, heading back to SeaTac from a wonderful psychology conference in Las Vegas. The WPA (Western Psychological Association) Conference 2015 was held in Las Vegas this year. My group submitted our proposal in December for the conference, and it was accepted in February. Our research was on college student's coping techniques and their views on their future careers (feel free to ask me about the study if you want to know more!). It was very interesting working over the semester collecting and analyzing data, and we got to wrap up this process by presenting our poster at WPA.
Poster session at WPA
Besides spending time at the conference and listening to a few lectures, we also got to explore the strip in Las Vegas as well. It was extremely fun spending time with other psychology majors outside of class! We explored the M&M store, watched a few shows, and just enjoyed each other's company. On the last night, a few of us who were over 21 went out to a casino and tried black jack (probably something I won't do again because I'm so horrible at it…). As a whole, the trip was a very good balance between being educational and fun! It was great to get to explore Vegas as an international student, and I definitely enjoyed getting to know other psychology majors outside of a classroom setting. I'm hoping to go to other psychology conferences in the near future!

At the M&M store

The Las Vegas strip

Watching the water show in front of the Bellagio!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring is FINALLY in the Air~~~

Hello awesome people :) 

I really hope that everyone is doing well! Instead of writing an awfully long blog post this time around, I would like to bombard y'all with beautiful pictures of the PLU campus in spring time!

This is PLU's prime in spring time

View of Xavier Hall from the Hauge Admin Building

Close up of some beautiful purple lavenders!

PLU Students enjoying the sun

The sunshine makes everything look beautiful!

Closer view of Xavier Hall and you can see Harstad Hall on the far left

Splendid looking tree right next to Hong and Kriedler Halls

(Photo credits go to me as I spent quite some time taking and using the best pictures) :D

By now, you could probably see what this blog post is about! It's just to show everyone how picturesque the PLU campus is during the Spring :)

And oh my, the weather here right now is absolutely magnificent! It's such an awesome feeling to have the sun shining warmly down on your skin, slightly toasting and glazing you as you stroll across campus. Like how a doughnut gets browned . (haha that was intended to sound funny)

Well, for those of you that are staying for Summer, enjoy the hot sun and great weather! Have a great rest of the week and take care always.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Visit Day 2015

On April 10th PLU again invited local international students from several community college in the area to visit campus and our current international students. This gave them the chance to see the campus for themselves, experience a real day as a student, meet students from their home country and even spend a night in the dorms.
Campus showing itself at it's best! (@brekkemo)
This year we had ten students join us from Green River College, Shoreline and Tacoma Community College. They received a campus tour and had a dinner social with current international students where they were given the opportunity to ask the important questions:

"What are classes like? How are the professors? What is there for students to do around campus? Should I live in a dorm or off campus?"
Visiting students and current students enjoying dinner in the Commons!
The students also went to the annual Dance Ensemble, which showcases talented PLU student dancers and choreographers, the PLU dance team, and professional choreography. Students of all technical dance levels can participate and it is a lot of fun! This is a huge campus event that everyone usually attends!
The Admissions interns at the Dance Ensemble
Some students chose to spend the night with hosts on campus, meaning that they could experience what PLU dorms are like and breakfast on campus. This could be a valuable experience when applying for housing to help decide which resident hall they would like to live in. 

All of the student volunteers and admissions interns had a great time with the visiting students and we hope to one day see them on campus! If you are interested in a campus visit you can request a visit here! See you on campus!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

I Have Never Dyed Easter Eggs

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Dear International Friends

I hope that you all guys had a nice and enjoyable Easter Break! 

Welcome back to the second and final round of the semester. It is definitely gonna go by fast, but let's just sit tight, I am sure we'll be fine!

Okay, let's talk about Easter! 

When I think about Easter, this is what first comes to my mind, 

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If you want to try, here is the recipe:

the dish is called "Ngalakh". I am not sure if you can pronounce it, but anyway it is usually made during Easter and shared with the community.

Being from Senegal, even though the majority of the population are not christians, Easter is still a big holiday for every family there. I could always feel that "Easter is on its way coming" due to the huge preparations. But more importantly, Easter symbolizes a day of sharing and community, where each christian family or community had to prepare this meal and share it with neighbors, relatives, and friends regardless of their religious background. And this is pretty much the way, each religious events are celebrated in my country. 

Different countries have different ways of celebrating holidays, so Easter might be celebrated in a different way in your country.

During the Easter break, I have had the chance to discover and learn a little more about how people celebrate Easter here in the U.S. through the help of some friends, housemates, and even coworkers. And today, I will share with you few things I have discovered. 

Here, in the U.S, as Easter approaches, families do a lot of activities. For instance, some people celebrate it at churches, some families organize Easter family dinners. But also many people hardboil eggs and dye them with brilliant colors to decorate their houses, these could be eaten later, but may also be model eggs made of plastic, chocolate, candy, or other materials. 
It is also common to organize easter eggs hunt. This is usually the most fun part as my friend, Madeleine, mentioned. Eggs of some sort are hidden by parents or a family member, and children then search for them. This is a popular Easter family game. 
Aside from the Easter Egg hunt, the White House Easter rolling is also a popular Easter game. 

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It is an egg roll race, held each year at the White house lawn, where children and parents push the eggs along through the grass with a long-handled spoon. 
All of these activities constitute Easter here in the U.S.

These are all I got for you today!
Best of luck for the rest of the semester.

Your friend, 
Pape Mathioro Samba

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Thirst for Adventure

Hi again!

Tacoma has been really sunny and it finally feels like spring. In this season where there have been a few breaks (Spring and Easter break) and the end of the school year is coming up, I'd like to write about traveling on a low budget. You might think that it's impossible for you to travel while you're studying at PLU, since buying a plane ticket would be too expensive and you might not have a car. However, since the Pacific Northwest is so diverse and unique, why not go to places that are close to PLU?

Over Spring Break, I took the train to Salem, Oregon to get away from Tacoma for a few days and spend some time at a friend's house. The perks of taking the train are: it's cheap and relaxing. I was able to get the train ticket for only $40 to go to Salem, and all I needed to do on the train was sit back and enjoy the ride. The scenery is absolutely stunning. While the train goes through urban and suburban areas, you also get a chance to see a lot of nature along the way. Even though I was planning to study during the five hour train ride, I instead ended up staring out of the window for a few hours and enjoying the view. During the few times that I have traveled by train, I have gotten to talk to some interesting people as well. There are a lot of friendly and interesting people who travel by train, so if you ever get the chance, I'd encourage you to talk to people!

The Amtrak trains go to areas in Washington, Oregon, California, and even Vancouver BC. If you are interested in knowing more about traveling by train, I'd be able to help you out and give you some advice. Happy traveling!