Yours Truly Students Blog About Courage

Fall Quarter 2017 Magazine Publication students are once again reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, but this time they’ll be reporting on the “Big Magic” day they led in class. Students, divided into groups based on each chapter, will facilitate a discussion and lead activities that integrate the ideas from Gilbert’s book. Here, Cascadia students Anthony, Mariah, and Zaynub share their experience of exploring COURAGE.

Living with our Fears

by Anthony Lee, Mariah Carpo, and Zaynub Khanam

Courage, a characteristic that effects and envelops most of our daily lives. It is the factor that could change the course of our day, for better or for worse. It could be as big as a resounding call to action, or as quiet and reserved as a small gesture. It is the outcome of each and every one of us working together to create a bigger impact, or it could be the outcome of a single person who fanned the flame that kindled in everyone’s hearts. It may be difficult to muster up the strength to produce such a characteristic due to one’s own fears and doubts, until one realizes that to speak the mind is a gift. This goes to show that courage, even the smallest influence, can change a person entirely. It is how and by whom courage is used that will ultimately determine whether or not we move towards a right path or a wrong one.

Photo credit: Anthony Lee

Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Courage” chapter in Big Magic is a nurturing subject that helps people develop a stronger sense of self and awareness. Our team felt passionate about advocating Gilbert’s idea that courage isn’t about beating your fear or getting rid of it. Bravery is being scared and acting on that fear anyway. Embracing this idea, our team of courage decided to create our own whiteboard that headlined “I Fear….” followed by empty lines. It was Oct. 9th and a beautiful day in the middle of fall. We were all a little nervous to show this board to the class since we weren’t entirely sure how our whiteboard would be received. Thankful for the great weather, we went outside for some fresh air and warm sun (and some light lo-fi music). We gave everyone a personal poster board, and told them to write as many fears as they wanted. This is where the vulnerable transition takes part in this story. We asked everyone in our HUM 210 class to have the courage to write one fear they had on their poster board on the whiteboard in front of the class and share a bit about that fear. In the beginning, we meant to capitalize on the idea of accepting our fears, having it right there in front of us, and accepting that fear for what it is.

Photo credit: Anthony Lee

We each shared a fear of ours on the board and talked about why we feared it, but then it was time for the class of HUM 210 to share. There was a hesitation at first, but then our first volunteer with all his bravery came and wrote, “I fear anxiety.” It was a beautiful story and moment to witness as he truly embraced the meaning of courage. Even though this individual had a fear of talking in front of people, he believed in the courage to go up there and do it anyways. The shift in energy after he shared his story was a beautiful opening to a sense of community in our class. One after the other, each and every classmate shared a fear and their story. Our empty lines were now full, outside in the open on a sunny day in the middle of fall. At the end of the activity session, we weren’t expecting to feel so connected to everyone’s stories, but in some small sense we could relate to a lot of everyone’s fears, and there was comfort in that. The final cherry on top was leaving this whiteboard of “I Fear…” in public breakout space in the CC1 building of Cascadia College. Here is a picture of the few but powerful responses we had from the community of Cascadia.

Photo credit: Mariah Parco

To have courage within your creative life, it is important to learn to accept and work with your fears. When we all spoke about our fears as a magazine publication class, I realized one thing most of us had in common was our way to combat our fear, and how we learned to make space for it, which was pushing ourselves to do things that made us uncomfortable or even seem scary because we’ll never know if we really like it or not otherwise. The very first step to learn how to live with your fear is accepting it, and I was so proud that every single person in our class got up and shared a fear of theirs. Allow yourself to be self-expressive without limitations. Don’t let what you fear hold you back, but at the same time, don’t try to get rid of it or ignore it. Know that fear will always be there, but let yourself become comfortable enough with it so that it doesn’t control you. As Elizabeth Gilbert wrote in Big Magic, “If you can’t learn to travel comfortably alongside your fear, then you’ll never be able to go anywhere or do anything interesting” (26).

Andrew Park, Yours Truly Marketing Director

Interview conducted by Thaddeus Vale

Andrew Park, our Marketing Director for the 2017 edition of Yours Truly, shares his enthusiasm for marketing Cascadia’s creative arts magazine and promoting courageous creativity in all forms. Andrew is excited to share Yours Truly with our community at our launch event on June 5th!

Photo credit: Thaddeus Vale

Q: Why did you apply for the Marketing Director position this year?
A: In the Fall Quarter when I took Humanities 210 and learned about Yours Truly, I was on the campus marketing team and the goal was getting people to submit to our publication. After setting a record of 307 submissions, it gave me a feeling that the marketing was a success, and then I could bring all the takeaways from that into the job as the Marketing Director for the launch event and the magazine.

Q: What do you do in your role as Marketing Director?
A: First of all, one thing I do is lead my team in introducing the launch event and our magazine to the campus. Marketing means promotion, so we are promoting this year’s edition of Yours Truly at the launch event so people can learn more about the publication we have to offer.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge for your team this quarter?
A: Out of all the challenges I’ve seen, the biggest problem is knowing how to promote the launch event effectively. We have to know how we are going to bring our student body, former students, and faculty to the main event and create full interest in our magazine.

Q: How will you lead your team to handle it?
A: One of the most important steps is taking into account of everyone’s input seriously and identifying how we introduce our launch event to our campus. We will work with as many ideas as we receive and figure out what’s best for us as the marketing team, as well as the community we’re trying to reach out to. When we get the word out, we have to stay true to the values, image, identity, and expectations of Cascadia and our Yours Truly magazine.

Q: What do you wish to see at the launch event?
A: I would like to see a packed crowd of individuals who really wish to learn how to express their creativity with courage. I want them to create a successful piece to submit for future publications, too (our next submission period is Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, BTW!). I hope we attract people who are unfamiliar with Yours Truly who wish to learn about creativity at Cascadia.

Q: What do you want to notice the first moment you open up the magazine?
A: I wish to see high quality works with a clear meaning in the publication. I hope that the pieces have high emotional meaning and are significant to people who view the publication. I want our whole community to be proud of this year’s issue.

Q: If the budget were unlimited, what would you do?
A: Honestly, I think it’s a good thing the budget is not unlimited. If the budget were unlimited, people would have the tendency to randomly and mindlessly try out ideas inconsistent with the quality and the aesthetics we truly want in the magazine. A limited budget challenges people to be mindful of the emotional appeal and the visual qualities we really want in our Yours Truly Magazine.

Q: What is the key to success in your position?
A: Being an active listener and a communicator is a serious matter since this is a teamwork-oriented task. I have to communicate well with others on my team to get the word out about our launch event, so our community can get to know our publication.

Q: If a future member of your role wanted to ask for advice, what would you tell them?
A: The first step of marketing purpose is know what you want to achieve. It’s important to know how we want to introduce the magazine to our community so they’re interested in learning about the creative side we have to offer. It’s also important to be a true team player and be able to work with anyone with comfort and an open mind.

Q: What theme does this year’s publication reflect from your point of view?
A: Based on all the selections we’ve made a quarter ago, I’ve noticed a diverse range of subject matter. Each piece has its own unique qualities and strengths we can appreciate and be proud of.

Q: How do you feel Yours Truly contributes to our Cascadia community?
A: It encourages our community to be creative, be brave, and take risks to allow their imaginations to flourish. Any creative idea can be good in its own unique way if you know how to express your creative imagination with courage.

Learn more about Yours Truly by connecting with us on social media!

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RSVP to our Launch Event on June 5, 2:00-6:00pm HERE!

Lien Pham, Yours Truly Managing Editor

Interview conducted by Andrew Park

Lien, our Managing Editor for the 2017 edition of Yours Truly, gives us a taste of her important leadership role. She is the “operations and budget wizard” of the YT Team and she’s an expert at fostering good communication among team members.

Photo credit: Thaddeus Vale

Q: Why did you apply for the Managing Editor position this year?
A: I have been taking the Yours Truly magazine publication classes since Fall Quarter. I feel that I am qualified for budgeting and tracking since I have a lot of experience in finance, and I thought this was a great way for me to contribute to Yours Truly.

Q: What do you do in your role as a Managing Editor?
A: I handle the budget for Yours Truly and keep track of the day-to-day operations. I help the Editor in Chief with his tasks. Additionally, I help and contribute to all the teams (Art & Design, Launch Event, and Marketing) related to Yours Truly magazine.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge for your team this quarter?
A: We don’t have too many big challenges this quarter. We have had small problems that we overcame. Typically, these problems involved communication. Everything is on track so far this quarter.

Q: How will you lead your team to handle it?
A: Shaun (our Editor in Chief) and I handle these problems together. We come up with solutions to deal with issues that may occur with communication.

Q: What do you wish to see at the launch event?
A: I want to see a lot of fun with a very chilled-out atmosphere of people having a good time. I also want to see a lot of people at the event, creative decorations, and of course the presence of the Yours Truly team. We also want to inform people for next year’s Yours Truly experiences as well.

Q: What do you want to notice the first moment you open up the magazine?
A: A balance between pictures and poems, visually appealing colors, and something that represents the entire Yours Truly Team.

Q: If the budget were unlimited, what would you do?
A: Have Adele come and sing for me and have the event at CenturyLink Field in Seattle’s SoDo district! I’d also like to have 5-star restaurant food for the event as well.

Q: What is the key to success in your position?
A: It’s balancing between numbers and workload, as well as communication. The most important thing is keeping track of everything– and I recommend using Microsoft Excel and keeping a tracking list. Also, having confidence in what you do is important, as well as trusting in other people when delegating tasks.

Q: If a future member of your role wanted to ask for advice, what would you tell them?
A: I would tell them to be confident and make sure they handle the budget wisely, and to trust the teams.

Q: What theme does this year’s publication reflect from your point of view?
A: I feel the Yours Truly publication inspires curiosity. Most people are unfamiliar with the publication when they come to Cascadia. Yours Truly gives me the excitement of a professional publication process and it also gives me summer vibes because the event is in the spring and early summer.

Q: How do you feel Yours Truly contributes to our Cascadia community?
A: It helps other people know about Cascadia. It’s also a symbol of creativity for the Cascadia student body. It is also a rare opportunity for students to have a job simulation instead of a typical classroom environment.

Learn more about Yours Truly by connecting with us on social media!

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RSVP to our Launch Event on June 5, 2:00-6:00pm HERE!

Laura Dachenhausen, Yours Truly Event Director

Interview conducted by Thaddeus Vale 

Laura, our Event Director for the 2017 edition of Yours Truly, gives us an in-depth look at her leadership role. She also gives us a detailed description of her expectations for the magazine and release event (it’s June 5, 2:00-6:00pm – so mark your calendars!) with full optimism.

Q: Why did you apply for the Event Director position for Yours Truly this year?
A: Because my mom does a lot of event coordinating for the UW Bothell research office. I’ve always admired what she does and wanted to know more about how to coordinate an event. It also gets me outside comfort zone, since last year I was the Poetry Editor.

Q: What do you do in your role as Event Director?
A: I do budgeting, coordinating, creative brainstorming, planning, and then getting ready for the execution of the event. 

Photo credit: Thaddeus Vale

Q: What’s the biggest challenge for your team this quarter?
A: We have all these big ideas and we have to scale them down and figure out timelines in a realistic way. We need to balance big creative ideas with logistics, which are sort of constrained by reality.

Q: How will you lead your team to handle it?
A: Keeping in touch with Courtney Putnam, our instructor, because she is a mentor and she is grounding us when we tend to stray with big, ambitious ideas.


Q: What do you wish to see at the launch event?
A: Community! We would love people to sink into the art, relax comfortably, absorbing the art on an emotional and spiritual level. There was nowhere to sit at last year’s event and people didn’t get enough time to let it sink in.

Q: What do you want to notice the first moment you open up the magazine?
A: Clarity and appealing visuals that allow art appreciation. I want minimalistic and simplistic.

Q: If the budget were unlimited, what would you do?
A: I would create a lot more interactive exhibit type things at the event. Incorporate more technology and buy beanbag chairs. If we had an unlimited amount of money, we could artificially make the weather sunny and do the event outside, or go somewhere where it is sunny!

Q: What is the key to success in your position?
A: Hearing everyone in the group, and validating everyone’s ideas within the group. Also, being open minded.

Q: If a future member in your role wanted to ask for advice, what would you tell them?
A: Do all the forms and paperwork first – get the hard stuff out of the way. Get out of your own head and incorporate all the personalities of your event team. Validate your team members.

Q: What theme does this year’s publication reflect from your point of view?
A: A light, comforting vibe theme for spring.

Q: How do you feel Yours Truly contributes to our Cascadia community?
A: Yours Truly is a tool to bring our community together in one publication, and our editorial team makes that happen. We’re all working on one thing, one publication, which brings people together. Yours Truly is an outlet for artists to be recognized within our community.

Learn more about Yours Truly by connecting with us on social media!

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Creativity Myth #5: You’re Too Old to Start a Creative Endeavor.

This Fall Quarter, students enrolled in Courtney Putnam’s HUMAN 210 course (part one in the year-long series to produce Cascadia’s creative arts magazine Yours Truly) are reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear and debunking common myths about creativity, myths that Gilbert addresses in her book. In the following post, Cascadia students Kyleigh and Emily address the myth that you can be “too old” to start a creative endeavor.

Being Revived

by Kyleigh Magness and Emily Nina







Have you ever said you can’t do something because you’re too old? Or that you can’t follow your dreams because it’s too late in your life to change it? Creativity and age don’t have much in common to me. If anything, I believe as you get older and see the world more, your creativity grows as you do. Age doesn’t define your passions or abilities.

big-magicElizabeth Gilbert said in her book Big Magic that “if you’re alive, you’re a creative person.” If you’re nine or 49 your creativity is always a part of you. Your creativity doesn’t vanish just because your age does. I still find myself at age 20 drawing, coloring, and painting, just like I did when I was little. Keep the creativity in your soul alive, and find time to let it breathe. There is always time to do or think about art, and there is always time to start something new. Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you should stop creating. No matter what age you are, don’t stop. Don’t shut down your creative mind for a 9:00 to 5:00. That urge to be creative never wants to leave you, so don’t show it the door.


Poem by “Jane” from Family Friend, November 2008.

Gilbert writes, “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” Let this idea serve as your mission: look for the passions you possess. Look for that thing that makes your heart skip a beat and your mind buzz with enchantment. Allow yourself to accept the fact that following your heart will not always mean you give up everything. You have a job, bills, a family, a whole life that requires time and attention. Allow yourself to work your passions into your schedule. Give yourself that time to paint, draw, photograph, make jewelry, sculpt, design, simply contemplate; whatever it may be, let it into your life, but recognize that it does not have to become your life. The thing that sparks your inner creator is living inside your soul, and it is not too late to draw it out and bring it to life.


We are all capable of accessing it, and weaving it into our lives. There is always a way to be creative, from painting to drawing, from dancing and writing. Right now, you can be creative. Pick up a brush and paint the night sky. Or write poetry. Gilbert brilliantly expressed to “do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” So start that revolution, and be revived, no matter your age. Your age doesn’t decide how creative you are. Always keep your mind open to creativity, and keep creating.

Creativity Myth #4: Creativity is reserved for the “high arts” only.

This Fall Quarter, students enrolled in Courtney Putnam’s HUMAN 210 course (part one in the year-long series to produce Cascadia’s creative arts magazine Yours Truly) are reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear and debunking common myths about creativity, myths that Gilbert addresses in her book. In the following post, Cascadia students Lien and Olivia  address the myth that creativity is reserved for the “high arts” only.

A High Low Sight
by Olivia Habdas and Lien Pham

My mama said don’t be a dreamer
                                                    My dada said don’t be a burdener
Sorry to break it
                                                    Mama, Dada I am both of those myths
Day dreamer, night burdener.
                                                    —Lien Pham

lienflowerMy life is a piece of art and so are you, You, and YOU. I have not changed the world by any means. I have cereal in the morning, sometimes with apple juice, other times with orange juice. I have family, friends, and know many people, but can’t remember their names. I know, it sounds normal, it sounds boring, it sounds repetitive. Well, you can blame the cereal inventors who made their products so damn delicious. But think twice: you are you and no one else can be you or pretend to be you.

“I have cereal in the morning, sometimes with apple juice, others times with orange juice.”

We are living in the “attention black hole,” the universe vacuum of acknowledgements. Many want to be noticed, want to be popular. Hey, we forgot that we are already being noticed, being popular. We have people who care about us, people who want us to be well. Some of us have a piece of creativity here and there. Some come with the tattoos we decorate ourselves with and some come with the relationships we have, while others have their great selfies, Snapchats, or just randomly put a smile on someone’s face. Let me tell you! Those parts of your life are not always easy—they require creativity, effort, and YOUR own self. It is just like Elizabeth Gilbert’s message from Big Magic: “Are you considering becoming a creative person? Too late, you already are one.”

tattoosBeing a creative person doesn’t necessary mean you intend on creating a perfect masterpiece. An ugly mistake can later turn into a creative piece of art. One great example is the tattoo. Done spur of the moment at the age of 18, I just wanted a tattoo. Over the years, it started to bleed ink and turned into a big black blob. After taking it into a tattoo artist who knew what they were doing, it became a new piece of art that improved my ugly mistake.

Art doesn’t need to be reserved for the “high arts” only. Art is everything around you, from the trees turning colors in the Fall, to the graffiti tagged on city buildings. Everyone has their own way of interpreting art. As Gilbert states, “Your own reasons to create are reasons enough.” It does not matter what you create; it matters that you create it and that it has meaning to you.

An ugly mistake can turn into a beautiful art piece.”

Now take a minute to reflect, grab a piece of paper and pen, and draw how you feel. This is art. You drew something that has meaning to you. The art you create doesn’t have to be “high art” or even something well known and meaningful to others. It just has to have meaning to you.

Submit to Yours Truly!


Dear campus community,

I interrupt your regularly-scheduled “Creativity Myth Buster” post to share an important announcement. Cascadia’s creative arts magazine call for submissions is now OPEN and Yours Truly wants your prose, poetry, and visual art submissions to be considered for the June 2017 publication!

Do you have a poem, short story, or personal essay that is aching to be in print? Do you have a photograph, drawing, painting, mixed media work, textile, or sculpture to share? This call for submissions is open to all Cascadia staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community members, so share this call for creative works with students, friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers!

Our submission deadline is December 31, 2016. Please see our downloadable PDF for detailed submission guidelines, including a link to our Submittable page for uploading your work.

To learn more about Yours Truly and to view past issues, please visit our web page here:

We’d love to connect with you on social media, too:


Your voice, vision, and expression are unique in this world, and your creativity is important for the vitality of our community. Please consider sharing your work with us!

all the best,


Courtney Putnam, MFA
Associate Faculty – English & College Strategies
Instructor – Yours Truly, Cascadia’s creative arts magazine

For questions about Yours Truly, including inquiries about taking magazine publication courses at Cascadia, please email

Hiring the Future…

As the quarter and year draw to a close, this is when Student Life is the busiest — for the student leaders and professional staff. I’ve been up to my eyeballs in meetings these past few weeks and am slowly digging my way out of them, one by one, wrapping up reports, files, and goals.

This year, I’ve been fortunate enough to be selected to sit on a few committees and it’s been an interesting experience watching how they operate on a higher level than I’m use to. One of the most recent — and one of my favorites — the hiring committee for the 2016-2017 student life team.

As a student, myself, I have quite the amount of grace for others like me. I remember right before my interview: I walked into the bathroom, threw back my shoulders in an attempt to find the confidence I needed, and smiled at myself in the mirror until I knew it would all be okay. Sitting on the opposite side of the table this year, I remembered my previous experience as a student and feeling the nerves, shakes, and sweats of the fearful individuals I was now interviewing — ones who want to see change on a campus and don’t quite know how to make it happen but want to try any way they can.

This year, I remember thinking, “if only I knew what I know now…”, how my life would have changed. I know how patient, kind, and forgiving the professional staff of student life and across campus can be and how you don’t necessarily have to know things going in because you’ll learn along the way.

Interviewing versus being interviewed gave me the perspective of both an insider and outsider. It gave me guidance on a personal level of how to interact in an interview and how to conduct myself but also helped me notice people, habits, and hopeful initiatives.

I truly believe having the previous experience of being on the opposite side of the table gave me the guidance and wisdom I needed in helping select the next round of student leaders. Plus, I’m also aware, without being a student first and then a student leader, I wouldn’t have even been able to participate in the selection process.
I can’t help but use these opportunities, time in between meetings, to reflect on everything this year and right now, with these meetings, these sleepless nights, and jam-packed days.

I’m thankful to be able to help enhance and grow Student Life anyway that I can and I’m thrilled to be able to witness what the next round of leaders will accomplish.

Cheers to you all. I wish you the best.


Universal Leadership Conference 2016

ULC 2016 083I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of personal growth — the idea that you can never be too good at something. Which is quite possibly the reason why I loved the Universal Leadership Conference (ULC) and everything it stood for. Four years ago, a student on campus wanted to create a space for students who knew there was more out there for them; a space where hundreds of like-minded people could brainstorm and share ideas. And, thus, ULC was born.

My previous experience with the conference has been slim -but life changing, nonetheless. Last year I attended because of encouragement from the Student Life Advisor (my current boss) during the hiring process; she explained that it would be a wonderful opportunity – boy was she right. The conference taught me self-care, – something I’m still practicing and hoping to master and prioritize one day – patience, public speaking, and collaboration between minds. Without a doubt, it’s my favorite event on campus…

In years past, the conference has run an entire Saturday, 8am-5pm. However, this year we experimented with condensing it into a weeknight. Would attendance peak? Plummet? Would the excitement dwindle? Would the week of school keep people focused? These were all questions we pondered when rearranging the event. Along with the time, we also changed the venue to the new student run building, the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) versus the conference center, Mobius Hall. This conference was developed by students, for students… Why wouldn’t it be held in a the new student center on campus? Regardless of any previous thoughts, we went on and scheduled ULC for Tuesday, April 26th in the ARC. The months leading up to the conference were touch and go with everyone zoned into finals and spring break right around the corner. The different planning committees tabled, posted, and marketed as best they could with the limited amount of time. Yet, as with any student run committee, things were forgotten, loose ends weren’t tied, and miscommunications happened, but you know what? I don’t think it could’ve gone any better than it did.

We met one last time before the BIG day to make sure we were all on the same page. During briefing the realization set in that we didn’t have an MC for the night. One of our advisors spoke up and asked if I would co-MC alongside Jaymar, a student from University of Washington, Bothell (UWB) for representation of both schools. The thought of pumping people up for something that touched me personally… That feeling can’t be recreated. I would be the one on the opposite side of the mic this time… Oh, what a year can do for you..

This year the question we focused our attention on radical community. What did it mean to have/be/form/etc. a radical community?

The evening kicked off with Alexa’s Café catering an assortment of boxed dinners for all attendees. Student sat at tables where different topics based on leadership (i.e. movement building, public speaking, networking) were set up. Ample time was given to chow down dinner and begin conversations before Jaymar and I announced the evening.

I remember the butterflies thinking about it all “it’s really happening” when changing into my branded t-shirt hours prior. Moments before holding up that microphone it was more like, “holy cow… this is it!”.

We introduced ourselves, our role on campus, and how the evening would play out. I remember receiving giggles, chuckles, and even laughter at times. It was then that I knew there was no need for nerves or worries — the evening was going to play out quite alright. We soon introduced an alumni from UWB who shared her story on leadership and diversity within the institution. After a heartwarming experience from a personal aspect we released students for two blocks of workshops. We gave an assortment to choose from (story sharing, journaling as a form of self-care, microagressions, pay and equity, etc.) where students were able to connect on specific topics of interest. After the blocks of time, we encouraged students to reassemble to debrief and receive an honorary shirt. All in all, it was a successful event. We hosted about 150 students — which is similar to previous years.

This planning/hosting experience definitely portrayed an integrated experience. I was able to pull in my previous exposure to the conference which definitely helped in holding an expectation of involvement. Wearing both hats as student and student leader I was able to connect with students who had the same vision as me, which I absolutely LOVE.

Yet, as always, I loved working alongside UWB and collaborating on something we were both passionate about. The entire process allowed me to lead, ponder, plan, and be at the helm of something truly life changing.

Until next year ULC…

The Sweet Life

by Saleel Al-Mezal and Cindy Phan, Cascadia Students


mocha cake

Mocha cake.

Food is a delicious, shared experience that transcends time and place. Each person incorporates their own creativity and experiences into their creations. People have the capacity to make gourmet savory treats that integrate their personality in their own homes. Baking is a creative science that enhances individuality. The days of following a specific recipe are over; it has evolved into an art. This form of art shares a story that is different and unique and now is the perfect time to share this story.

When we think of a baker, we usually envision someone who specializes in making desserts, such as the baker in The French Bakery. In addition to desserts, baking can be used to cook pasta, meat, and vegetable dishes as well. What makes baking different from all the other methods of cooking are the endless possibilities of desserts. You can recreate your favorite pasta, meat, and vegetable dishes through all the cooking methods like grilling, frying, steaming, and baking, but you can’t really fry a cake. Well, you can try, but it’ll come out flat, burnt, hard, and not so tasty.

This is the perfect time of year to whip out your measuring utensils and bake something festive and tasty. The smells and tastes add to the magic of baking. When the family comes together, everyone participates in appreciating desserts as edible works of art. Each time you bake, you go on a journey that is full of experiences and memories. A connection and magical transformation begins every time you pick up the whisk and mix the ingredients together. Everyone envisions a baker to be someone who specializes in desserts, but this becomes a narrow outlook on creativity and baking. Baking is not just a creative outlet, it is a language. Each time you see the expression of pure satisfaction when someone bites into your food, it becomes an extension of your creativity and with each bite people fall in love.

Baking is the perfect hobby for someone with a sweet tooth. It provides dessert seekers with endless ways to showcase their creativity, taste, and overall personality. The result will always be a delectable and edible piece of art. Just don’t forget the egg. The egg holds the art piece together.

Black bean brownie.

Black bean brownie.

snow white

The Snow White.

For more on this student blogging project, visit the Everyday Creative page!