By: Alona Arneson
If you had asked me freshman or even sophomore year, I would’ve planned on going to Stanford for Pre-Law. As I continued to grow as a student and human being, this goal didn’t feel right. Coincidentally, in the midst of my confusion and impending deadlines, the decision to attend Long Island University Global fell into my lap.
I received an email detailing a program where the applicant if admitted, had the opportunity to study abroad for four years of college while majoring in Global Studies. At the time, I wasn’t excited about staying in state and this unexpected possibility quickly transformed into something that could be my future. Suddenly, all at once, the plan to attend my four years of college in four different continents while earning my B.A. in Global Studies, fit into my life perfectly.
As of late December, I received acceptance to this program and in August, I will be starting my journey with an orientation in New York, and spending my first year in Costa Rica. From there, I will be living in Italy and Spain as well as Australia, with travel to many other countries.
I’m a bundle of nerves and excitement, nervous about the new places and people, but at the same time, that’s what makes it the most compelling experience. My goal, coming back from this, is to not only acquire knowledge about different cultures and languages but also to be able to utilize that wisdom in a way that changes my perspective forever. And even further than that, I want to be able to impact the world on a deeper level, as someone once said, “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do it”.
LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.
By Autumn Sevy, senior
Whenever the topic of college comes up in conversation (which is pretty frequent now, being a second semester senior), I still find it a little strange talking to people about where I’m headed to, even though I’ve known for a while. It’s so far from the choice I thought I would be making at this point in my life and going to university outside of the country definitely wasn’t an option I even considered when I started thinking about college. In the fall of this coming year, I’ll be attending Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England to study for a BA in journalism. Hearing “I’m going to England” coming out of my mouth is definitely a little surreal and kind of intimidating.
Traveling has always been a presence in my life and is something that I love dearly. It’s part of the reason I’m choosing journalism as a career path and definitely played a part in my choice of the UK as where I wanted to go for college. I feel like going out of country, even out of state feels like such an unreachable ambition for so many people; it did for me! I realized though, as I researched more extensively, many of my initial misconceptions and doubts were cleared. Even though I went through much of the application process without much guidance, it was relatively straightforward, and I learned a lot about what pursuing this ambition of going to college in the UK would actually be like. For example, to get a bachelor’s degree, it takes three years of study not four! Information like this that I wasn’t initially aware of helped me make my final decision to go overseas.
In the next few months, I still have a lot of preparation to do. The thought of having to get a visa is daunting and that process will be a whole other ordeal. Homesickness has been in the back of my mind also and although I’m sure it happens to everyone at some point, my inability to come home without a $1000 cost scares me a little.
However, I’m beyond excited and grateful to have the chance to experience this; it’s been a dream I’ve been working to accomplish for a long time. I think it’s going to be such a rewarding experience to view everything from the perspective of living in a different country. Going into the whole college application process, I definitely didn’t have a clear direction or very much confidence, but it’s really surprising what you can accomplish when you follow your passion!
By Paola Hidalgo Cruz, senior
Throughout my three years of high school I have participated in two sports: swimming and track & field. I’ve never been part of any kind of sports team where you have to depend on each other to score. I had always wondered what it was like to be part of a team. During the summer, I got the chance to play Rugby; it’s a sport I never imagined myself playing and never thought I would join. I decided to join because I also wanted to do a sport during the summer and keep myself busy. I thought I needed to challenge myself and try something new, so I decided to play Rugby.
When I told my friend about joining Rugby, he thought I was signing myself up for suicide because I’m a girl who only weighs 108 pounds. He knows my friends are tougher than I am and worried something awful would happen to me. I wanted to prove him wrong so I play for “Summer 7s” and “Fall 7s,” which was a great experience. For the first time, I learned what it is like to be part of the team, which is learning how to communicate with each other and help each other to improve our skills.
What amazed me the most was that after all the aggressiveness that went on during the game everyone still got along. You would think that there would be some hurt feeling after knocking somebody’s air out or breaking their fingers, but everyone got along like nothing happened during the game. An example of this would be a time I tackled a girl down during a game. To start, I didn’t think I would be able to do it because this girl was bigger than me, she had a lot more experience and she could’ve easily stiff-armed me. I was able to knock her down, which to my amazement was a lot easier than I thought. After the game there was no hurt feelings against each other everyone got along and were very supportive of each other. I love being part of a team where young women support each other and gets me excited to play Spring 15s.
The basketball gym is filled to the brim with excited students and the Beaverton community. The exuberance and anticipation for the game leads everyone to stand on the edge of their seats.
While the students wait in line for the highly anticipated start of Jam the Dam, be sure to visit the Dutch Bros Coffee Truck that will be right outside of BHS. Inside the venue, when you want something sweet and cool to drink, Dutch Bros. will be there making delicious flavored Rebels.
Jam the Dam is an amazing event and without the participation of Dutch Bros., a part of the atmosphere would be missing. Dutch Bros. had worked with us for years, and we are so lucky to have their personable staff on-site.
Jam the Dam is TOMORROW, and the first game will be starting at 4:00 PM. That day will be a jam-packed day of fun. The Dutch Bros. Drive Thru Day and the last day you can turn in your Dutch Bros. cup for the Cup Contest is also tomorrow.
Thank you to Dutch for the amazing partnership! We love their company and want to give a special shout out to Tina! Thank you for all that you do to help us at Beaverton.
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LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.
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