Learning just how real jet lag is

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For some unexplainable reason I thought I would be immune to “jet lag,”  but alas I am not a well traveled human, so my brain and body are fighting back against the 9 hour time change.

The horrible lethargy I am currently experiencing peaked after I got out of bed (last night/ morning/ who knows what time?) to plug my phone in and then felt like I had just ran a marathon and needed to get back into bed like my life depended on it.

Then I woke up and had the brilliant idea to go roam the house and eventually end up in the kitchen having a fun conversation with Joel and a law student from Georgetown who was taking a solo vacation before taking his bar exams.

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The next day, I found a cozy couch at the Brussels airport to nap on during our 3 hour layover before our flight to Madrid and hoped it would make me able to function like a person again.

My eyes are doing some weird tired thing and the people sitting around me gave me some looks after I took up a good section of the couch and then took this selfie:

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The nap was totally worth it.

 

 

Falling in love with Reykjavik

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We (my traveling buddy Joel and I) decided to have a 24 hour long stopover in Iceland. It gave us the chance to explore a beautiful city, meet new people and begin to get a feel for the European lifestyle.

We arrived early in the morning and found out the sun doesn’t rise until around 11 a.m. during the winter months. After switching buses and losing the Google maps printout in the snowy streets, we found our Airbnb.

We explored the city, ate some delicious food and tried to fight off our jet lag.

Saying Goodbye to PLU

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As I prepared myself to say goodbye to my friends and the place I’ve called home for the past year I thought about the amazing journey I’m beginning.

I’m going to study at the University of Granada in Granada, Spain.

This opportunity is one people keep telling me will change so much. It will impact not only how I view the world, but how I interact with the people and things around me.

I love the Pacific Northwest and all of the beautiful traits that make it so uniquely wonderful, but I get excited just thinking about the adventures I’m going to have while in Europe.

So here’s to adventures and new experiences.

Sorry, what’d you say?

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Here is an op-ed I wrote for my communication writing course:

How social media is ruining my communication skills

RHIANNON BERG ’18

social media photoMy friend was sitting across from me, trying to tell me about her sister’s school in Los Angeles being closed because of a threat, but I was too busy reading about it on Twitter to listen. My generation is losing valuable listening and in-person communication skills because of our dependency on cell phones and social media.

Social media enables me to connect with my friends and across the United States and the world. It gives me a unique and uncommitted way to keep in touch with them on the big events occurring in their lives, but it also tempts me to spend hours looking at other people’s lives rather than focusing on my own commitments and the people who surround me.

In a USA Today article, Jasmine Fowlkes argued, Too often at events or parties, guests are attached to their smartphones tweeting or texting, but no one is truly engaging or interacting with the people around them.”

As a college student I constantly find myself checking Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other social media to find out about how my friends are doing rather than walking down the hall to talk to them in person.

After watching young people struggle to hold an in-person conversation for more than a few minutes I imagine a scary future. A world where the next generation of college students only interacts through their many devices and forgets how to have real life interactions.

A junior at Pacific Lutheran University, Elise Anderson, said, “I notice I’ll be talking to someone and they’ll be on their phone and I can tell they’re not paying attention to what I’m saying.”

I want live in a world where I have conversations with people and fully focus on them,  not worry about what the rest of the world is doing while pretending to pay attention to their thoughts.

The Telegraph reported, “One in four people spend more time socialising online, using sites such as Facebook, than they do in person, according to research.”

Stepping away from social media and the world within cell phones allows people to focus on life and the world around them. It gives them time to appreciate the many small, but beautiful, details in life and to be productive and contributive members of society.

We need to consciously acknowledge and appreciate the importance of in-person communication so the art of conversation is not lost with the next generation.

 

Baring it all for art

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Here is an article I wrote with a colleague for the Mast March 13, 2015:

RHIANNON BERG
Guest Writer

 

MATTHEW SALZANO
A&E Editor

Lutes can learn from nude models in the classroom, but Pacific Lutheran University students aspiring to be nude models on campus need to keep their clothes on.

Nude modeling is used to hone a new artist’s skills, said associate professor of art and design Michael Stasinos.

Unlike inanimate objects, even the most unskilled eye can recognize errors in drawings of the human body, Stasinos said in a March 6 interview. It doesn’t take a trained artist to notice uneven limbs or awkward body proportions; therefore, the artist must try their best to be accurate.

“We all have an innate feeling from just looking at our ourselves and people our entire lives,” Stasinos said. “It [is] a subject that gives the student no excuse but to do their best… you can’t really fudge it.”

First-year Jorge Molinero is an aspiring artist who took Stasinos’ figure drawing course this term hoping to improve his artistic skills.

“Before [the class] I would draw a person, but it would be off,” he said. Now that he is further in the course, he recognizes “there’s so much that goes into drawing a person that I didn’t know about before.”

While Molinero was striving to enhance his artistic talents, junior Kyle Parsons said he was hoping to gain further experience as a nude model.

The art department relies on contact from models themselves or references from other universities rather than soliciting models.

Parsons expressed interest in modeling for Stasinos’ class in Spring 2014. After reaching out to the professor again last fall, he was scheduled for modeling sessions in the spring section of Drawing 2.

Parsons attended two of his scheduled modeling sessions on February 23 and 25.
“At first I was nervous,” Parsons said. “As soon as I started doing it, it was really easy [and] I was super comfortable, and it was a lot of fun, too.”

Both Stasinos and Parsons said it was helpful for students to draw models with varying body types.

“I also wanted to do it because a lot of the models in the class… are in their 40s or 50s, and they’re not necessarily in the best shape,” Parsons said. “I think it’s good that the students get [someone] who is fit and can actually model and they can actually draw the muscles they’re learning in class.”

In an interview with The Mooring Mast on March 9, Stasinos and JP Avila, associate professor and chair of the department of art and design, said hiring a PLU student as a nude model was a violation of an unwritten but assumed art department policy.

Stasinos said Parsons was hired when a male model had a medical issue and dropped out of a scheduled session. Parsons was hired as a replacement.

Stasinos admitted this decision bent the rules, and decided to re-establish them.

On the morning of March 10, Parsons received an email from Stasinos which said he would not be invited to his previously scheduled sessions on April 27 and 29.
Parsons doesn’t think PLU students should be stopped from pursuing nude modeling on campus.

“I think that I’m an adult [and] Dr. Stasinos has in the syllabus that, if you’re not comfortable with drawing people naked, this isn’t a class for you,” Parsons said. “I think that [the art department] should overlook that [I’m a student] and if a student wants to model for an art class, they should be allowed to.”

Parsons will still pursue his career in nude modeling, but hopes he will be able to do it on-campus again.

“I’m really disappointed that I can’t come back,” Parsons said. “I hope PLU will change their policy.”