It’s Worth Every Mile

Alison HealeyBy: Alison Healey, Senior, Major: Marketing & Recreation

Summer is the time to get outside and enjoy your surroundings, and one of my favorite places to go is Feather Falls in Oroville. The trailhead to this stunning waterfall is about 45 minutes from campus, and then there’s a four-and-a-half mile hike to get to there, but it’s worth every step!

Along the way you will see the vast beauty of the Plumas National Forest. The trail crosses Frey Creek, which runs through the forest. Bald Rock Dome, a 2,000-foot granite slab located in the Feather River Canyon, can be seen in the distance at two points along the trail. Bald Rock Dome

Once you reach the falls, the lookout point is a great place to enjoy the remarkable surroundings and take a break before starting your journey back. This 410-foot waterfall is one of the best outside of Yosemite, and it’s in our very own backyard!

If you are feeling adventurous, take the spur trail, which leads you to the head of the waterfall, where you can actually look over the edge of the falls. But take caution, because the rocks can be very slippery!

Feather FallsEven if you have already seen Feather Falls, it is a hike that many choose to experience over and over again. The hike takes about four and a half to five hours roundtrip, depending on how long you stay at the lookout. The trail is bike and dog friendly, so bring your furry friends or get to the falls faster on a bike! The trail is not paved, so be sure to have a mountain bike or bike that can withstand an unpaved trail.

Directions: From Oroville, take Hwy #162 east (Olive Hwy) for 6.7 miles; turn right on Forbestown Road for 6.3 miles; then turn left on Lumpkin Road for 11.4 miles to the signed turnoff for Feather Falls. Turn left at the sign and drive 1.5 miles to the trailhead.

As the new social media and photography intern for the Public Affairs and Publications department, I will use the official university social media sites to keep you connected to what is happening on and off the Chico State campus. Chico is filled with opportunities and beautiful destinations, so consider enjoying all of them while you’re here! In addition to describing fun places to visit, I will also keep you up-to-date via Facebook, Twitter and this blog on all that’s happening in Chico during the next year.

I’d love to share your favorite local destination, so please send me your ideas at!

Post-Graduate Advice from a Chico State Grad

By Samantha Gasper (Journalism, ’10), Associate Client Executive at Voce Communications, a Porter Novelli Company

Graduating from college elicits a whirlwind of emotion—accomplishment, excitement, and, you can admit it, fearing the unknown. Leaving the town you’ve called home for the past four (or more) years is the ending of one chapter, but only the very beginning of the next as you enter the job market.

I won’t deny that getting started is the hardest part—job hunting takes dedication, persistence, and most of all, patience. I recall spending hours upon hours on my parents’ couch while digging for the ideal position, daytime TV buzzing in the background. Initially, I was reluctant to take an internship because I felt I was ready for a fulltime gig. In retrospect, I cannot stress enough how thankful I am to have had internship experience after seeing the doors it opened for me. I encourage you to stay open-minded, and to view internships as a trial period, not only for the employer, but for yourself. It’s your career, your life—and it’s all right to be picky. At the very least, you will have gained valuable experience and put yourself ahead of the next candidate applying for your dream job.

If I could offer you any advice to help steer your job search in the right direction, it would be this:

  • Build your resume – Aim for one page; use bullet points and proactive language (“I drove this project” or “I managed this program”)
  • Craft a cover letter – Explain why you’re awesome and a solid candidate
  • Networking is key – Connect with friends or classmates in your field of interest; don’t be afraid to ask them to forward your resume to Human Resources (this is the best way to get your foot in the door!)
  • Connect with HR – Take it a step further after submitting an online application; track down the HR manager’s email or phone number and connect directly
  • When interviewing:
    • Have your “three bullet points” ready – By this, I mean highlight your best and most valuable assets
    • Research – Know what the company is all about and why you want it
    • Ask Questions – Always. You have a right to interview them a little, too!

And remember that the Chico State Career Center has great resources for you.

Chico State grads are a rare breed. We are outgoing, hard working, and confident in ourselves, and employers view us as a breath of fresh air. Take pride in what you’ve accomplished, Graduates, and the best of luck to you all!

Volunteering’s Valuable Lessons & Valuable Skills—For Now and For a Lifetime

Jennifer Jewell, volunteer coordinator for Gateway Science Museum on the campus of CSU, Chico

Did your parent, school or church ask you to volunteer when you were a child? Mine did. All three asked that I serve some amount of volunteer time for some organization or effort each year. For school I worked at the local library – helping to stack books or file papers. One Sunday twice a year, I joined my church group for an outdoor clean-up effort: trash from a town roadside or the garden areas of our local public areas. My parents were the most insistent of all – volunteering was required to live life in their household: volunteering to help others and to support small organizations like the Humane Society, Literacy Volunteers of America or Hospice Care.

But in between all these “requirements” by my elders that I must work for the good of others, something funny happened. I had fun. I had fun and I grew both personally and, as I found out at my first college interview and my first real job interview, I grew professionally.

I met new – often odd and interesting – people, learned to work with them, learned that I could learn from them, and learned that when my day of dogs and cats or people with beginning literacy skills or end stages of cancer was over, I felt satisfied with myself and the world around me.

To this day, as a grown woman with children, I volunteer regularly – and I take my kids along. They roll their eyes some, but they also roll up their sleeves and come home tired, with emotion and stories to share.

“Each day, millions of volunteers make a statement that despite everything – despite poverty and hatred, despite apathy and the seeming intractability of some of the challenges we face – people can change the world for the better.” Former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.

Gateway is always accepting interested and enthusiastic volunteers – for an afternoon, or for regularly weekly shift in the galleries. Upcoming Volunteer Orientations are being held: Tuesday, May 22, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. & Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

If you’ve always wanted to get involved in science, education, and your community, have fun and learn a lot, then this is just for you!

Volunteers bring Gateway’s mission to life: creating a life-long learning environment that enables people to explore, interpret, and celebrate the magnificent natural heritage of our region through science, research, and education.

Spring Photo Challenge

During the fall semester, we invited our Facebook followers to share photos of the changing seasons. We decided to re-awaken that creativity a few weeks back and launched a spring photo challenge. Here are the results, a handful of gorgeous photos that represent the spring season in Chico. Enjoy!

Photo by Connie Acosta
Photo by Kayleigh Loth
Photo by Laura Sederberg
Photo by Laura Sederberg
Photo by Ras Smith

Rediscovering a Love for Home

By Chelsea Beights, Senior, Art Studio

This spring semester has been one of the busiest of my college career. Between a full class schedule, multiple projects for my internship, planning a wedding, preparing for life after college, and attempting to get enough quality sleep to function, my agenda can begin to look like a Pollock painting. But even amidst the chaos, I always have a sense of grounding—although it took a weekend visit from a friend for me to really understand that feeling.

When my friend announced her vacation plans, I was both excited and terrified. I was exhausted. The thought of entertaining the entire weekend made me anxious, but looking back it was well worth it.

Saturday morning was spent driving around the Mansion Park neighborhood, the residential area adjacent to Bidwell Mansion. As I gushed over the adorable, well-kept houses in the area and described the history of General Bidwell and his association with Chico State, my friend turned to me and said, “You sure are proud of your town.”

She is entirely correct—I love Chico.

This proclamation was cemented when we arrived at the 38th Annual International Festival on campus. A flurry of vibrant colors, striking dance moves, and powerful live music filled the Glenn Lawn as students, faculty, staff, and community encouraged the spectacle. Toddlers, teenagers, and adults alike were enjoying the company of the community and its accepting nature of diverse ideas, concepts, and cultures.

This past weekend I fell in love with Chico once again, and reaffirmed the stability that I encounter from living in this community. My friend’s visit was a perfect reminder of the beauty and authenticity that resonates throughout this beautiful city of ours.