Ninja Signing In!

Hello, My name is Christa McGowan. I am a sophomore at Chaffey College and I am studying Technical Theatre. I am working towards a Certificate in Technical Theatre and an AA in Theatre Arts. I am currently living in Claremont and I come from the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. For the past 4-ish years I have been a participant in Pitzer College’s Native Pipeline. I have many interests including art (I like drawing, painting, writing, reading, interacting with music, and watching movies/plays), video games (mostly PC/XBox360 games like League of legends, minecraft, Call Of Duty Black Ops, and Amnesia), and I love the outdoors such as hiking and biking. I consider myself to be a traditional, fun-loving, and creative person. I hope we can all get along and create many new connections through our Pipeline Family~!


Hi guys, my name is Christa McGowan and I would like to welcome you all to Pitzer’s Native Pipeline to College! Some of you met me today, some of you saw me and remember me from last year, and some of you just don’t know who this person is or why she is posting on this blog. Well, for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Christa McGowan and I am from the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. I am an incoming freshman to college, hence why I am not part of the program this year, and will be attending Chaffey College. I was a past participant of the Pipeline for the last 4 years and I hope to one day become a mentor for this wonderful program.

Well, that is enough about me, I will hopefully be joining you for morning circle and I look forward to meeting all of you and see an few familiar faces ^.^ 

Get some rest everyone because your in for a really fun and busy two weeks!


“A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”

I remember waking up. I looked to my cell phone that was under my pillow and the numbers read 5:57am. I groaned and tossed out of my bed thinking I had to get up or i’ll be late for ceremony. I thought about how Mariah would have to come into the room to get me out of bed if I didn’t hurry up. The room was dark but I knew that right across the room was Elka, my room mate. I yelled in a soft tone, “Hey! We have to get up.” I heard no response and stumbled to my drawer where my clothes were. I tried opening them but they wouldn’t roll out like their supposed to. I tried again and this time I pulled out the drawer out of the dresser. It fell to the floor and I winced at the sound. I turned and looked towards Elka, but she didn’t wake up.

I gave a huff, started picking up the clothes that fell out, and chose the ones that I was going to wear today. After getting dressed I went out of the room to brush my teeth but as I walked out I bumped into something really hard. My nose hurt and started tingle, I put my hands against the wall that should not have been there. I thought that maybe I was too tired and went to far to the right, so I ran my hand to the left knowing the bathroom door should be right there next to it. I walked along the wall for a little while and finally found the bathroom. Maybe I was walking really slow, that’s why it took so long to get to the door. I brushed my teeth and walked back into the room to grab my phone. I checked it again and it was 6:47am.

Man, time went really fast and I was ready to go. Every morning I knew that if we were already to go that we would meet in the common room (our personal little living room). So I walked out of the room straight for the living room and bumped into another wall, I must’ve been really tired. Once I reached the living room I sat on the couch, closed my eyes, and waited for everyone else to get up. When I opened my eyes i was in MY living room…dressed in the very same clothes that I had put on a while ago…………….. a dream is a wish your heart makes. I can’t wait till next year for my dream to be real 🙂


Well according to the schedule today is the LAST full day but i think that the pipeline will never end! i hope that everyone who has the opportunity to come back next year, whether it is as a mentor or student, will come back  and have another chance to fill their minds with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. (**Wait aren’t those the same things?”**)  0.0 Oh well! You guys should come back anyways! 😀 I can’t wait till next year, oh and don’t forget that we have our best friend facebook! Keep in touch! 🙂


A LOT has happened in the past few days, we had lots of fun. we went to the Pachanga Reservation and we had the honor of being able to see the Great Oak Tree and it was so inspiring to just be there, i definitely learned more the essence of miracles, Thank You Paul for showing us around and giving us that special honor 🙂 We were also visited by an elder named Adelina Padilla who was such an inspiration to me because of how she can share her story and still be so strong about life and never having expressing or even giving that thought of hopelessness. Love You Adelina!!

DAy7&8&9@NaTIvePipLiNE + Why I am Here Reflection

Well a lot of stuff has happened in the past few days…..

We watched a documentary about Alcatraz and how it is not an island and how A.I.M. occupied the island because of what they believed in…

One of the marks placed on the island of Alcatraz by A.I.M. when they occupied the island

We went to a live Lightning Cloud concert with international students from Japan…

Red Cloud, Christle Lightning, and DJ Hydra

We went to the Chaffy Community Cultural Center and students helped clean and pick pumpkins at the garden…

Everyone with their pumpkins

We watched the Mar Rover land successfully on Mars…

JPL Team cheers after 7 minutes of terror and the mar rover landed saftly

We went to the farmers market in Claremont and went to the comic book “convention” at the Packing House near the Village…

and so muuuuuuuuuuch more.

Why I Am Here

I came to this program 3 years ago to start getting ready for college and when i left that first year i met a lot of people and wanted more of that knowledge that was given to me. so i came back the second year and made so many connections and gained so much support that i know i wouldn’t be able to find at my high school or at any other place. and now at my third year I’m still learning so much that i believe my head will never be full, just so much to take in and people to meet. Now i can’t wait to come back next year and when i can’t be a student i’ll set my sights on becoming a mentor to help other students and learn from them 😀