Diversity & Inclusion in College Media

From September 30 to October 1 I attended the College Media Summit on Diversity & Inclusion at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

I went as a small delegation from my campus newspaper. We made the 4.5 hour drive down from Washington to attend workshops and to listen to speakers about what college media can do to be more diverse and inclusive and to better represent the people we serve.

It was a very interesting event and I’m glad that I was able to be there. Below I have included the video I made during the event. Please check it out and leave a like and a comment if you enjoyed it or want to know more about this awesome event.





It’s been a stressful week, and that stress will continue until college breaks for summer on the 16th. I’ve got essays to write, finals to study for, and I have to wrap up things at the newspaper this week.

On a side-note, it’s hard to believe that I’ve almost finished my freshman year of college.

To take a break from the stress, I did make this simple, peaceful timelapse video on the Freak Shack channel.


Well, it appears that I have become ill. On Friday had a severe sore throat and now my nose is draining like a water fountain.

I really wouldn’t care about being sick that much if it wasn’t finals week at the college. Staring down at the test book with snot running down my face isn’t ideal.

On a happier note, I’ll be posting some writing on here real soon. Like, probably next week.

Until then, have a great Monday.

I’m back (ish)

Over the next month I’ll be posting some of my daily journal exercises and short stories from my college creative writing class this past quarter.

This is my first blog post (on here anyway) since January.

College and work has kept my busy, but I’ll be coming back…kind of. By coming back I mean that I won’t have a month and a half between each post anymore. It will be much shorter than that.

Tomorrow is my last day of my creative writing class and I would love to share some of what I was working on with you guys.

So, over the next month I’ll be posting some of my daily journal exercises and short stories.

I’m also going to maybe do Camp NaNoWriMo in April, so I’ll need to prepare for that.

Just one more week of winter quarter and then finals and I’ll have some free time. Then it’s back to school in April for another quarter of college classes.

Until my next post,


Creative writing and why I feel dead inside

Hello, hello!

Winter quarter has started at the college and that means I have three new classes: Intro to Computer Information Systems, Creative Writing I, and the Documentary.

Yes, I am taking a creative writing class, and it’s not going as I expected. It’s an online course, which makes it difficult to adjust to. I’ve never taken an online class and in a way having it online is more difficult that going to class every day.

The class is also a lot of work. I’m used to writing fiction when I feel like it, not when I’m ordered to.

So far this week I’ve had to read a chapter from our Writing Poems book and a chapter from our Writing Fiction book. I also had to free write a journal entry every day that was at least a page in length and write 2 short stories based on the assigned subjects.

The course is just difficult. I don’t like writing on demand and I especially don’t like that we have to SHARE our writing with the entire class. I have to share my bad writing that I’ve only had a day to write with the class? No, no, no, no!

I might develop some of the short stories further and share them with you guys, but for right now I’m busy with school.

I’ve Been Away For Too Long – Life Updates

Yeah, I’m getting that feeling too. It’s been a while since I’ve really sat down and spent time on this blog. I posted a few tidbits about National Novel Writing Month, but the blogging side of it didn’t go as planned.

So, I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. First off, what’s with this new WordPress update? Everything is so different and….and clean. It’ll take a while to get used to, but it’s not bad. Without further delay, here’s what’s going on:

Winning NaNoWriMo ’15

If you haven’t read my previous post, I successfully finished my third consecutive NaNoWriMo. That’s pretty cool. I was scared I wouldn’t finish, but I ended up finishing early again. It was such a stressful month and it makes me not want to write again, but that would be silly. Writing is life.

I’ve haven’t touched my novel since NaNoWriMo ended. Part of this is that I needed a break from writing. The other part is my computer problems, but we’ll get to that in time. Like I said, this is my first post in months to delve deep.

I did end up printing my novel at the college late one evening. Every student gets $10.00 of printing each quarter and it doesn’t roll over to the next quarter, so we have to use it or we lose it. The editor-in-chief of my newspaper printed her novel for just over $4.00, so I decided to make my novel double-spaced and printed it double-sided for like $7.50. Basically, I printed the first 50,000 words of my novel for free so I can edit it with a red pen. I’m pretty excited about that.

Troubleshootin’ Right Here in River City

Now let’s get to my computer troubles. I got my HP Envy m6 laptop for Christmas in 2012. I remember how excited I was to get it. I had been using an old Dell Dimension 8300 desktop with a dual-core processor and like 250 GB of space, so upgrading to a laptop with an i5 processor and 699 GB if usable space was amazing.

The laptop worked fine for a while, then it started to get slow and some Windows updates stopped working. This was in 2013. It started to have issues but we couldn’t figure out what was wrong. It wasn’t malware or viruses and the hard drive was still good. It got a little bit better around the time for the Windows 8.1 free upgrade, but I wasn’t able to upgrade because Windows updates wouldn’t update.

In 2014 we reformatted the laptop and it worked good as new and I upgraded to Windows 8.1. The computer was great for a few months then it slowly crept back to having small errors.

Once again we fixed the errors and they disappeared. After upgrading to Windows 10 this year I thought everything would be behind me and it seemed like it was…until November hit.

The computer started freezing and the disk space column in the task manager hit 100% nonstop. The problem was that nothing was really being used. It was topping out at 10 MB. That’s not right. My sister-in-law is a programmer and she took a good long look at it and determined that it wasn’t the hard drive and there wasn’t any malware.

Then a few days later the Start menu, Cortana, Action Center, and Windows Store abruptly stopped working. I searched for answers and I’ve tried everything online. Nothing works. So, I can’t access some of my apps because I can’t search for them. It sucks.

I was going to reformat the laptop and maybe install Windows 7 to it. However, I decided to order a new Dell Inspirion from Costco for $750 that’s twice as good as my current laptop. I am also getting a new Dell desktop for Christmas, so I’ll have two good computers (both have i7 processors and more RAM than my current laptop.)

So, I held off doing anything important until they arrive. I just don’t trust my laptop. I know that I have a jump-drive, but still.


Well, that’s some of what’s going on with me. It’s also finals week at the college, so I’ll be busy with that. I’ll try my best to write more this week. Until then,

blog on!


Where have I been?

You’ve all probably noticed that it’s been a long time since I last made a blog post. That’s because I’m a college student and an editor for the college newspaper. You can start to see where I might have trouble finding the time to write something.

I’m sure you’ll hear more from me once I figure out the best college schedule to squeeze writing in. For now, here’s some of the projects I’ve been working on and some of the writing I’ve been doing for the newspaper.

Check out my Chris Cornell album review: http://www.puyalluppost.com/no-higher-truth-on-new-chris-cornell-album.htm/

Check out my Shinedown album review: http://www.puyalluppost.com/cutting-the-cord-on-shinedowns-worst-album.htm/

And, finally, check out our newest video. I did all of the video editing.

Another scholarship

I’ve done pretty well with scholarships this year, and yesterday I got the news that I had received yet another one. I am so happy that my hard work and various skills are being recognized by these regional and state-wide organizations.

So far this year I have received the:

  • Warren Hunt Elementary Scholarship for my citizenship and success in high school, presented by my former elementary school.
  • Washington State Fair Foundation’s Campbell-Montgomery Endowment Scholarship for my commitment to high school journalism and writing
  • The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Fuchs-Harden Educational Fund #2 based on a nomination by my former high school and GPA.

I now have enough funds to pay for 2/3 of my first year of schooling, which means I don’t need to take out a loan yet.

Going through some changes

I’m sure that my absence from blogging has been noted. Actually, I’m sure of it since the traffic to my site is now at about zero. I’ve wanted to post a few things for the past week, but each time I went to write or post a few photos I just never felt like following through with it.

Continue reading “Going through some changes”

Living the Life on Hawai’i

On Monday my flight from Seattle to Maui touched down after 5 miserable hours on the Hawaiian Airlines jet. The first thing I noticed was the heat. It was about as warm as at home, but it felt much, much hotter. Washingtonians like me aren’t used to any sort of muggy or extremely humid weather, for the most part, especially where I live, which is in a suburban city in the Cascade foothills, far from the water.

Hawaii doesn’t have dry heat.

After spending an hour in the disgusting airport we took a smaller jet for the 25 minute flight to Kona’s airport on the island of Hawai’i, and guess what? It was raining. It was fun watching everyone at the rental car place run for cover when it was only a light mist. I guess I’m just used to the rain.

Other than that first day, my vacation has been amazing so far. My family is renting this massive estate for 8 days, It’s a five bedroom, 6 bath home with an endless swimming pool and lots of tropical plants, including a papaya tree. It’s just a few blocks from the ocean, and because its at the top of a small hill I can see a bit of the ocean beyond the palm trees, not to mention the sunset.

I’ve walked the streets of Kona, waded into the warm ocean waters until the waves crashed upon my chest, and I’ve swam for countless hours in the pool.

All of this fun in the sun is because of my graduation from high school earlier this month, and to celebrate the start of college.

I also got some exciting news this week, which I’ll just insert here while I’m thinking about it. I had a job interview last week for the college newspaper and on Monday I got a phone call offering me the position as Online/Social Media Editor for the newspaper. I am very exciting to start this next phase in my short journalism career (I’m not going to college for it, but at least I have 2 more years of it).

Next up in my vacation is more ocean fun, some jogging, star-gazing, and, of course, three hours of zip-lining this Friday. I’ll keep you posted on my island adventure. For now, here are a few photos. Credit to my dad because I haven’t uploaded any of my own photos to my laptop yet.