December 2011

A Guide to LC’s General Education Requirements

Hey folks,

So, I decided it was finally time for a post with some more substance than my puppy-themed ones (as lovely as those are). Nearly a year ago is when I started putting in some more serious work on my transfer application to Lewis and Clark. I toured in January and submitted my application shortly after. The entire process was daunting, and every piece of information I could get helped. However, even then some of the information could be a bit overwhelming. In an effort to help those of you in the midst of applying, as well as those of you who have already applied, I’ve decided to put together a few informational videos on some of the more logistical aspects of Lewis and Clark. Having already been through the process of transferring over my credits and sorting out how they fit into the grander scheme of my graduation requirements, I would like to pass the knowledge along to you.

My first video addresses the key factors involved with General Education requirements. There is some information geared toward transfer students (i.e., how your number of transfer credits affect your having to take E&D), but most of the information will be useful to just about everyone. Take a look to find out the six aspects of LC’s Gen. Ed. requirements, what you need to do to fulfill them, and some of the options you might pursue in order to do so. As always, feel free to contact me with questions. Additionally, the Registrar’s email address is at the end of the video for you to use for questions. Given that the Registrar’s office is responsible for decisions regarding transfer students’ courses’ equivalency to LC courses, I highly recommend that all transfer students initiate contact with the Registrar in regards to how their classes may serve Gen. Ed. Requirements. There are officials in the Registrar’s office designated specifically to transfer students, so I would like to  encourage you to take advantage of the resources being offered to you by the school.

(Video description: Using information pulled directly from the Lewis and Clark College catalog (, I’ve created a video for you covering all the key information to know about General Education Requirements for graduation. Of course, for the official information and specific questions, I recommend you consult the catalog or contact the registrar. However, I hope that this video will serve as an excellent guide to the ins and outs of LC’s General Education Requirements. Some of this information is geared especially at transfer students, while other elements are relevant to all types of students.

To spice up the video a bit, I’ve added some music. The music featured in the video is the recently-released single “Forever Yours” by Alex Day. If you enjoy it, you should look for it in the iTunes store.)

I hope this video is helpful. Keep an eye out for my next informational video on transfer tips (covering topics like class standing, transferring gen. ed. credits, transferring major/minor  units, etc.)

‘Til next time,


29 December 2011 Comments Off on A Guide to LC’s General Education Requirements

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays everyone. Enjoy some more puppy cuteness. :-)

25 December 2011 Comments Off on Happy Holidays

My Gift to You

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, time with family, giving back to the community, or nothing really at all, here’s my gift to you all during this holiday season:


My mom and I filmed these videos of our litter of puppies now that they’re just over two weeks old. I hope you all enjoy and have a wonderful vacation. More photos/videos to come throughout the break!


‘Til next time,


20 December 2011

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It’s All Over Folks

Finals done. Room clean. My residents room’s are clean. Kitchen spotless. Bathroom, close enough J. I am the proud owner of what I like to call the “Super Duper Bed.” This is no ordinary bed. An ordinary bed is just a bed. Now, as an RA I get a perk; I get a room to myself. Two beds, two desks, two chairs, two closets, everything. At the beginning of the semester I put the two beds together creating the “Super bed,” but as of recently I have acquired something new. For the high price of $0.00 I am the new owner of a couch. Now, this couch would not fit in my room as is, so I concocted a plan to surpass all plans. A scheme to outsmart all schemes. I am lofted my “super bed” and placed the couch underneath, thus creating the “Super Duper Bed.” If interested I can snap some photos when I get back to school.

WWWWWWHHHHHHHAAAAAAATTTTT?????????? Matt, you are not at school? Did you drop out? Family troubles? Are you okey? Thank you for your concern, but it is unnecessary. For it is that time. The time of the year when we students forget our troubles and slip away into the bliss that is Winter Break. Currently I am sitting in PDX. I just made an awesome program that draws triangles (it’s exciting I promise) and waiting for my plane to board. 2 hour delay. I have no idea why. There is no rain here, clear skies in Sacramento, but oh well. These things happen. I never minded too much waiting. Especially since I know what tomorrow has in store for me.

Tomorrow my younger brother (the one who plays for Puget Sound University), my father, and I will be driving down to The Home Depot stadium in LA to watch the High School Football State Championships. GO SPARTANS!!! This is a family tradition of ours, and we have only missed one so far. Long drive, but we have a great time.

Oh man, here it is, time to board. I will talk to you guys next time. Enjoy your breaks. As Professor Ely says, “stay out of trouble, or come back with a good story.”



16 December 2011 Comments Off on It’s All Over Folks

The Weary World Rejoices

Though obviously not originally written with the intention of describing the immense joy students feel at the realization that finals are, in fact, complete, O Holy Night isn’t far off. Students walk around campus either elated or zombified, recuperating from the stress of finals in however they see fit. I, for one, was lighter than air yesterday as I was finally free of finals’ grasp. It was a very stressful chunk of time, which is fitting given how stressful my classes had been throughout the semester as well. In any case, I’m so glad that I took the semester I did. Despite the challenges, it was a huge learning experience. Even the regrets are things that are better to have learned in my first semester than later on in my career here at LC. For instance, I will not make the mistake of taking two classes from the same teacher (let alone one I know nothing about). I will accommodate classes that are likely attendance-based and make sure they are not in prime napping time, sandwiched by two classes whose attendance does not count. I will balance my schedule so that my brain isn’t working quite so much on psychology classes. However, I might encourage myself to be more involved in non-classroom based psychological pursuits. Hands-on applications of what I’m learning might be a great way for me to stay involved in the field without draining my enthusiasm dry. In fact, over break I’m planning on speaking with several places where I may try to intern over the summer doing psychological work. Lewis and Clark has great opportunities for internships in the area, of course, but they’re also very accommodating if you choose to seek internships elsewhere. I’m hoping to apply for a grant or two that will cover my internship costs so that I don’t end up paying to be an unpaid intern (as that is often how it seems to go…)

Personality Theory was not what I really anticipated it being. There was much more theory than I’d thought, and much less application. Part of my misconception comes simply from the fact that that’s not how the Personality class at my former college was structured. I was hoping the class would cover concepts like The Big 5 and then show us how to apply them to ourselves. Additionally, I would have loved a class that said, “Ok. These are components of your personality. Now how do you best live with them?” Instead, it was a whole lot of Freud. The first half of the semester was pretty much Freud or responses to Freud, which was fine, but not what I thought I was getting myself into. It definitely has some interesting elements to it, but definitely check with someone to see what you’re getting yourself into. There is a lot of reading and writing, so don’t treat this class like it will be a cakewalk. You need to block off some serious time in your schedule to make sure you can stay on top of it. My favorite part of the class, even if it also caused me some serious grief, was the Literature Review. The actual paper itself was a pain, both because of the length and lack of specificity in what the teacher wanted, but I was really glad to go so in depth on my topic. My paper focused on Deception: Definition, Detection, and Identity. The research was fascinating and applicable both to me personally and to my relationships with others. I was grateful that I was able to sculpt my paper into covering the kinds of work I’d hoped to do in the class. Also, with such a broad range of topics to choose from (the prompt was essentially: pick a topic in psychology relevant in some way to personality and write about it), everyone was able to pursue whatever suited them most. I’m very grateful to have all the knowledge and information that I gathered from my paper-writing, and would probably say that’s what I’ll carry with me the most following Personality Theory.

Abnormal Psychology was with the same professor that taught my Personality Theory class. As I mentioned, Personality Theory was pretty hefty in terms of workload. Week-to-week, Abnormal was typically on about the same level as PT, which meant that I’d get slammed with reading and writing assignments. I would bitterly gripe to myself as I read Matt’s posts about not having reading and writing, since I was drowning in Reading Reports, but then console myself with the fact that I couldn’t handle being a math major anyways. In terms of content, Abnormal Psychology was usually pretty interesting. The class covers what you’d expect (schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, etc.), but also had some elements that I didn’t anticipate. The class spent a lot of time covering where we’d been to explain where we were now. So, a lot of the classes covered old treatments to problems before introducing the newer approaches. I had some trouble with the idea of memorizing old, inapplicable information, but I also like the fact that we weren’t just given information and told that that was the way things are done “because they said so”. Instead, we looked at why the older methods weren’t right, and why the new methods corrected those faults. Even older information that simply influences our ideas in psychology, like the historical artistic renditions of mental disorders, was interesting to learn. I was extremely skeptical going into what I thought of as the “art history” section of the course, but I wound up finding it very interesting and informative. The idea of these stereotypical images and visual traits of “madness” and how they’ve changed over time, or even more interestingly how they’ve remained over time, is something I definitely find myself applying to more modern images. In a less serious example, I made my friend Samantha lolcats of quotes from our professor/classes for her birthday, because she found them hilarious. Melancholy is characterized in art by the patient looking off to the side distractedly/forlorn, with unused/inactive hands (or in this case, paws). Here is how I chose to embody that in a “modern” art form… the lolcat.










French was a class that I mainly took for the sake of my Gen. Ed. requirement. I’ve loved French from a young age, and I’ve always found that I have a fair amount of natural ability for it (thankfully). I’m especially good with grammar, a gift which I am grateful for just about every class. I had some trouble with attendance, because this class was sandwiched in between to classes that I did not have to attend, and after staying up late nearly every night to finish my Reading Reports for Abnormal and Personality, I really just needed to sleep. I’d try to push myself to go despite the exhaustion, but then my actual attentiveness was not at its best. As much as I regret how I may have offended or worried my professor, I did learn a valuable lesson: I need to be very careful with my schedule so that the classes that need attendance to be prioritized don’t suffer from my sleep issues. I think that my schedule next semester will be great for this, and if not, then I’m just collecting more data on what I should/shouldn’t do…

Brain and Behavior was amazing. It was a topic I was incredibly enthused about coming into the class, and despite a rocky start, I think my thirst for knowledge on the subject was able to help me turn it around. My professor, Yueping Zhang, was marvelous. She’s astonishingly intelligent, but equally approachable (a rare find, I think). She clearly knew what she was talking about, and I was fascinated by everything she had to say. Additionally, she is so knowledgeable that you know she can help you with any question you may have. She made such an effort to relate to her students and tailor the class to our own personal interests. She started the semester by announcing that she hoped her class would make us all interested in pursuing a career in neuroscience or neuropsychology. Even if I was already leaning in that direction, I can say with absolute honesty that Yueping’s class is what made me feel assured that my interest in neuropsychology was completely justified.

Finally, on a more fun note, I spent a fair amount of time this semester working with the PioLog and Women’s Chorus. PioLog could be stressful at times, simply because the work was on a non-adjustable deadline. It didn’t matter if I had a particularly packed night, those articles needed to get edited. Still, I loved having advance-knowledge of what our paper would be covering. There were even times when I would have a discussion with friends and be able to bring up information I’d come across while editing, and then I would encourage my friends to check the Pio later in the week for even more details. In fact, one of my biggest pieces of advice to prospective students is that you take some time over break to read the back-logged articles from the PioLog, available at I did that as I was applying, and found that it provided me with some very interesting information on the school, and some key insight on students. A student-run paper means that the issues focused on are what students find important, so our paper is representative of a piece of our student body. Get a feel for some of us by seeing what we’ve put together.

Women’s Chorus was an absolute delight. I’ve taken practically five years away from choral/ensemble singing, and from the first practice I could feel how much I had secretly been missing it. Even just warm-ups make me feel good. It’s like playing a sport you used to devote tons of time to after you’ve been away from it for years. Your muscles are still there, just a bit out of work, and it feels so good to use them again. I loved the community of Women’s Chorus. We really came together from the first practice to the last, and I look forward to working with many of these ladies next semester as well. If you’re a female singer, I highly recommend you consider Women’s Chorus as an option. Our song choices have variety and character, as a group we form real relationships, and there’s a great balance of work and play. I was able to get recordings of the performances by the Women’s Chorus in the Winter Choral Concert, so please enjoy one of our songs below (O Holy Night is probably my favorite, so I hope you all like it). I will be uploading some of the others to Youtube soon, so check my channel ( if you’re hoping to hear some more.


14 December 2011 Comments Off on The Weary World Rejoices


So, as you may have noticed from other posters, its finals week. However… I am done! WOOO! My exams were hard but I think they went well. In two days I will be home cuddling with my cat and dog. I cannot wait! It is going to be so awesome to turn my brain off for awhile.

Anyway, I thought you might want to see a video of a few of us that are done with our school work. We were a little burnt out and needed to dance off everything we crammed into our heads in the previous week.

I now am proud to present to you some of my wonderful friends and neighbors:  Daniel, Alli and Illana

Dancing in a cheese hat with a flamingo. 

You should really check out that link, it is worth your while (and its short, I promise)

Congratulations to all who have finished finals and good luck to those still in the process!

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