Orientation 2015 Coordinators

They are Puget Sound.

IAN LATIMER

 

PERSPECTIVES CO-COORDINATOR

ilatimer@pugetsound.edu

What's your most vivid memory from Orientation?

Who inspires you?


What got you involved in Orientation? 

 

LINDSEY LONG

PERSPECTIVES CO-COORDINATOR

lmlong@pugetsound.edu 

My name is Lindsey and I come from the small, suburban town of Lafayette, CA. I'm studying Music Business and Spanish. I also maintain a great love for strawberries and the rain of the PNW. 

What's your most vivid memory from Orientation?

While this is probably not the most exciting thing, my most vivid memory is move-in day. I remember I didn't have to move a single box up to my third floor room. I checked in and came back to see all my stuff already taken care of. The moral of this story? Besides the fact that I didn't have to lug a single item,  I just moved in to a place where when things got rough, I could always count on someone to be there for me.

Who inspires you?

Since I was probably in the 4th or 5th grade, I've always looked up to my brother. He was the one who inspired me to pursue my passion for music and theater. I'm extremely proud to see where he is now and he drives me to do everything I do

What got you involved in Orientation?

I've always wanted to get more involved on campus and this was one way of doing it where I could incorporate my love for UPS and the community. I love the way the Orientation program is set up and while I was not the most involved first-year during this week a few years ago, I wanted to speak to those incoming students that were like me. I found my place here at Puget Sound and I continue to learn more about myself throughout all my experiences of Orientation. Orientation can be fun for everyone, you just have to find what works for you. I want Puget Sound to welcome all the incoming students to a place where they can find their own personal niche.  My initial response to this question, however, stems from the convincing of the oh so wonderful Lisa Tucker. 

CARSON LYNESS

PASSAGES CO-COORDINATOR

clyness@pugetsound.edu 

 

What's your most vivid memory from Orientation?

 

Who inspires you?

What got you involved in Orientation?  

 

GRACIE BOBACIE WEBER

PASSAGES CO-COORDINATOR

gweber@pugetsound.edu

Howdy there, my name is Gracie Weber and boy am I stoked for Orientation 2015!! I come from Tulsa, Oklahoma, YEHAW, but spent a lot of my days living in Bemidji, Minnesota, and a year living in Zaragoza, Spain. I love the PNW and Passages. I am studying Physics and plan to go into Agricultural or Mechanical Engineering and work on Urban farming projects. I speak Spanish fluently and my favorite hobby is playing the African drums, djembe mainly. 

What's your most vivid memory from Orientation?

I remember coming to Passages as a freshman thinking I was cooler than everyone here. I had dreadlocks, just came back from living in Spain, and thought I was above everything. Much to my dismay I was quickly humbled by the switchbacks of the Mt. Townsend moderate backpacking trail. I lied and said I had been backpacking before but I had barely been on a long walk in Oklahoma, so the trail was tough and I found myself lagging behind everyone. At the end of the first day I was tired and scared for day two, but found my group and myself getting along so well. We told each other stories and laughed almost all night. I found myself telling them things I didn't normally tell strangers, and realized that we were all uniquely beautiful people. The rest of the trip I found myself learning how to deal with my own emotions and opening up in ways I never had. Passages gave me that. 

Who inspires you?

Babatunde Olatunji is my main inspiration. Like I said, I am an avid African drummer and have been since I was six years old. This man, who passed away in 2003, was at the forefront of bring African drumming to the United States and making it apart of the civil rights movement's culture. He was friends with MLK and Malcolm X, along with many important musicians from that era. He believed we were all one body and one heart, and I firmly believe that. His music has guided me through very tough times and his teachings are very powerful. One of his mantras that I adore goes as follows:

"I am that I am. I am light. I am love. I am joy. I am peace. I am beauty. I am one with Mother Earth. I am one with the Father and his universe. I am one with everything within the reach of my voice. And in this togetherness we ask the Divine Intellegent to eradicate all negatives. From our words. From out hearts. From our minds. And from our actions. And so be it. Ashe, ashe ashe. "

What got you involved in Orientation?

I wanted to share the feeling of community with incoming students. I wanted to be an example of someone who loves the outdoors but isn't the most outdoorsy. I wanted to be an example for students to know that their voices can be and will be heard at this University. I wanted to help make our Orientation program an inspiring, eye opening, and life changing experience for not only incoming students, but also fellow leaders. I wanted to learn and grow, myself, and find out more things about myself that only Passages can allow me to see.