As any WSF student will tell you, we spend a lot of time on the Muni. Here are some English majors (Kathryn Schulyer, Madison Frambes, and Niki Blois) making the most of their morning commute. (Photo by Meredith Hug)
A bit of warm weather has tricked the plum trees in front of the Clunie House into blossoming early.
Last Wednesday was the first day of internships for most of the house. So, naturally, our Resident Director, Jessica LeGault, got out the camera and snapped some first day pictures before we went to work!
Liz Hardeman interns with the Sojourn Interfaith Chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital.
Sally Lankford works investigators at the Public Defender’s Office.
Niki Blois interns at Wiley Publishing.
Meredith Hug spends her days at Sojourn Interfaith Chaplaincy.
Sara Fleming is interning with Key Events.
Janette Krulick works with 826 National.
Alyssa Klopfer is interning at the Exploratorium.
Evan Arnold is interning at Wiley Publishing.
Bjorn Lensander works with the Earthquake Safety Implementation Program at City Hall.
Emily Kent works with paralegals at the Public Defender’s Office.
Betsy Freeman is doing graphic design at Brit + Co.
Amnoni Myers is working with Glide.
Madison Frambes is working with Wiley Publishing.
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A new semester has begun, and that means a new cast of characters in the Clunie House: twenty one students from both Westmont and Gordon College. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind exploration of San Francisco. Here are some of the highlights!
Niki Blois in the fog after completing the hike up to Twin Peaks.
(Photo by Betsy Freeman)
Betsy Freeman and Madison Frambes enjoy the view from Buena Vista Park.
Kathryn Schuyler and Amnoni Myers while ice skating in Union Square.
(Photo by Kathryn Schuyler)
Sally Lankford and Betsy Freeman. (Photo by Kathryn Schulyer)
Liz Hardeman and Madison Frambes. (Photo by Kathryn Schulyer)
(Photo by Niki Blois)
Picnic at Alamo Square Park.
Until next time, hello from San Francisco!
Meet Morgan Jardon!
Junior. Kinesiology Major. Religious Studies Minor. Poet. Friend.
Morgan is interning at Sojourn Chaplaincy in the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Sojourn is an interfaith chaplaincy with a focus in providing spiritual care to a diverse group of patients in the hospital. As a chaplain intern, Morgan does individual patient visits as well as participates in a weekly class with other seminarians. She works with some of the wisest and most eclectic people she has ever met. They constantly support and encourage the growth of her faith and the growth of such faith as the core of her identity. Morgan’s work as a chaplain is centered on the creation of a hospitable environment in hopes of allowing each patient to feel loved and understood. She says, “Behind every door of every patient’s room there is a story that holds beauty and wisdom and it is my joy as a chaplain to embark on that journey with them, to walk alongside them wherever they may be. And in my ability to be vulnerable and real with the patients, I often discover a part of myself I didn’t know existed before. We step into the room with the expectations that we have something to offer to that particular patient, but we often discover that through each patient’s experience and story they often have much to offer us. And rather than putting on a façade that we ‘have it all together’, we often reach a sense of solidarity in our shared brokenness. So ultimately, I have found that it is not about what we bring to the table, but rather what we leave at the door.”
Morgan’s favorite spot in the city is a venue located in the basement of Viracocha, an antique and oddities store on Valencia Street. They host a series of live spoken word and poetry open mic nights accompanied by improvisational jazz music. San Francisco’s unique ability to express itself is fully portrayed here by emphasizing the beauty of words and music. In addition, Morgan loves the serenity she finds in being completely enveloped by nature. She loves running through Golden Gate Park as well as sitting in the Clunie House Garden. “I’ve met amazing people while running in the park and both the park and garden provide a nice change of pace from the busy city streets.” She has been consistently reminded to slow down and to truly meditate on the meaning of “Selah”, as David often used between Psalms—to stop and soak in the beauty of the surroundings and to listen to the whispers God is trying to speak to us.
Something Morgan has learned thus far this semester is that each person has an innate desire to be understood and loved. She believes we are called to create a safe space for others to feel freedom in fully expressing and pouring out of themselves without fear of presumptions being made.
With the semester coming to a close, Morgan is striving to live in each moment she has left in the city, while taking time to play guitar and sing throughout the house.
Meet Julianna Carlson!
Junior. Political Science Major. Rap Enthusiast. Bumble bee Lover. Friend.
Julianna is interning at Humanity United. She is a research intern and works on a project that looks at what non-profit networks are the most effective and how different for-profit, non-profit, and research organizations work together to build peace and advance human freedom. She also collects data about previous grants and goes to meetings. Julianna has had the opportunity to work with the leading experts in philanthropy and a group of very intelligent young international affairs experts. It is like working for the government, only with more freedom and creativity. It has been fun to hear about the future of non-profits and where international philanthropy is headed.
Julianna’s favorite spot in the city is Hayes Valley with her favorite secret coffee shop and attractive barista. There is also a cute little park on Hayes and Octavia where people-watching is prime. She also likes the Women’s Building in the Mission District because it looks how she wishes every building could look. “When I look at the vibrant mural-covered building I feel empowered.”
Something Julianna has learned thus far this semester is that she thrives in office spaces. She says, “It is my heaven. I don’t care if I have to sit in a desk all day.” She loves working with people, sitting in meetings, and working on the computer. It is just a bonus that her work enables her to help people. She has also learned that she loves food as much as she thought she did. “Sorry I’m not sorry.”
With the semester slowly coming to an end, Julianna is cherishing every moment, every bite of food, and every sip of coffee in San Francisco.