Sophomore Stretch

October 28, 2014
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Psychology 105

Come to learn, participate, and enjoy FOOD & PRIZES! 

Calling all Sophomores (and anybody else who wants to join)! 

How do we get the most out of our time at Reed? You hear the question often, parents, faculty, staff, peers. Sophomore Stretch is an evening that takes up the question. Each year, we recruit a panel of experts: students who have figured out ways to make their time at Reed work, and how to make Reed work for them.

The event is not a bunch of people talking AT you. It's a conversation. Please add your voice.
This year, the panel includes:

Marino Moro

Hello! I'm a junior poli sci major. I love Reed grants:  the Corbett funded my research last summer with Tamara Metz, and the Ducey funded my previous summer in Washington DC as a policy intern for the AFL-CIO and fellow with the Roosevelt Institute. During the school year, I'm a social justice educator for the Multicultural Resource Center and research assistant to Tamara Metz. In the past I've also been a research assistant to Chris Koski and Kjersten Whittington. In my free time, I like to make jokes, play guitar, and bike around. 

Isabella Jorissen

Isabella is a math junior who dabbles in tech. Her experience is approximately 65% sporadic fits of intense googling and 35% ‘Jim Fix Theory’.  She works at the Center For Life Beyond Reed, where she’s constantly reminded of the importance of communication and the power of building a network.  She highly recommends getting involved in communities outside of the Reed Bubble. Ask her about how much she hated networking. Ask her if she thinks it’s awesome and important. Ask her about getting coffee with Reed Alums-- it's not as bad as you would think. Isabella wants you to believe in the power of networking.  She offers a teaser to whet your palate: A misstep sophomore year left her without a fourth class, but it was a blessing in disguise. Bored of hanging out by herself, solving Rubik's cubes, and practicing calligraphy, she took to the streets. A summer of C++ programming and an internship at a startup spurred her on to check out the Portland tech scene. Through a series of (seemingly) crazyrandomhappenstances, Isabella weaseled her way into an internship at a Portland startup this summer, where she worked full time as a Software Engineer.

Brandon Ross

My name is Brandon Ross and I am a transfer student from Lake Forest College. I am currently a second semester junio poli sci major. Being one of the few students of color at Reed has definitely influenced a lot of the choices I’ve made here. Last year I joined the Peer Mentor Program, the Student Diversity Committee, and even helped found the first ever Social Justice themed dorm. This year I’ve worked very closely with the Office of Institutional Diversity on drafting a proposal for a conference focused on bringing together students and alumni of color from all five Northwest 5 Consortium institutions. Additionally, I’ve become the HA of the Social Justice Dorm and organized many of my classes around race related issues such as Memory and Slavery in Africa and Race and Politics. In all, Reed is a difficult place. But if you can find a way to make what your doing here really matter to you, you will be successful.

Flozzie Randari

My name is Flozzie Randari, I am a sophomore economics major from Kenya. I can confidently say that my interactions with people outside my academic circle have  greatly contributed to the person I am today. I came to Reed with a goal of becoming an influential person in the future, I had no idea that good grades alone won`t get me to that position. I talked to the Center for Life Beyond Reed staff members during my first semester at Reed and I realized that there was much besides just good grades, college was a platform to develop my interpersonal skills, improve my communication and writing skills, network, reach out to people for help and above all, be ready to learn new things outside classroom.

Julia Selker

I'm a senior physics major, born and (mostly) raised in Oregon. My thesis is actually an offshoot of my summer research that I did in a biochemistry lab at OHSU after junior year, where I was developing new scientific equipment. I have spent every summer in a scientific environment, though none of my work was classically an "internship." The summer after freshman year I went to Madrid and hung out in a microelectronics lab and self-studied the theory while learning some basic lab techniques. After sophomore year I went to Toulouse and did a huge literature review about mathematical models of biofilms, as well as a mini-project on airflow through vat of glass marbles. Now I'm thinking about going into mechanical engineering. If I've learned one thing these past summers, it's that no matter what I did—and I often didn't expect to do what I ended up doing—it ended up serving me well in my other seemingly unrelated endeavors.

At Reed, I have long suffered from a compulsion to sign up for things and when there's nothing to sign up for, I start something new. Though it is an exhausting illness, it has proved quite productive. It began O-Week my freshman year, when I started the mycology club and joined the Quest. I went on to czar Paideia and Nitrogen Day, I helped start STEMfemmes, I was on a strategic planning committee, and this year I've gotten really involved with DxOxTxUx. I also built a few large-scale Renn Fayre projects and I've been getting muddy in the ceramics studio since freshman year.  My philosophy is work hard play hard especially if you can't tell the difference between the two. Also, try new things if only for the opportunity to use old tricks. I'm a senior so I can give advice now right? Oh yeah, I started an advice column and I write opera reviews for the Quest. I'm not bragging, I'm practicing for grad school applications.

Seriously, between school and your summers you have nigh unlimited opportunities to stretch yourself. I cannot impress enough how great it is to get out of your comfort zone.