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!