June 10, 2012 - 12:00 AM
Graduation is supposed to be a fun, stress free time to celebrate a huge accomplishment. However it is quite the opposite! For the last month all I have been doing is running around preparing for this one day.
First off, getting the hotel rooms. Something I should have done months ago. The worst part is the day after graduation is the Special Olympics Trials which makes the hotels around the campus area even more booked. After I found a hotel a far distance from campus I had to make sure my family could get over to campus. There will be no parking but fortunately UO will be providing many shuttles to get family over here.
After that came the announcements. My Mom did not want me to just send out announcements but a picture with them. I asked one of my sisters who is a phenomenal photographer to take pictures of me. Then I got them printed out and sent them in all the announcements. I addressed them to people I have never met and sent them all across the United States.
Now, what do I do with my family when they are all here? We are all going to PF Changs for dinner. I have to get reservations for a party of eleven. Trying to coordinate eleven different schedules is incredibly difficult but it is done. Thankfully.
And after all that it is time to wait. Just one week and I will be done with my four years at the University of Oregon. But rest assured, I will always be a Duck.
June 3, 2012 - 12:00 PM
Just a few days ago I found out my placement with my job. I am going to be spending the next year of my life in Baton Rouge, Louisiana! To say this might be a change from Oregon would be an understatement.
I am excited. I don't even know if that word encompasses all that I am but it is the best I got. I am blessed with the good fortune to have a job after school and to move somewhere I have never even dreamed of going before! Not only am I going to try out southern living, but in a place just over an hour away from New Orleans! Oregon is a beautiful place. Our rivers are crisp and clear, our forests are never ending and the people here couldn't be nicer. That being said, I can't wait to see the might Mississippi river, experience swamps and all their catfish alligator glory, and to experience first hand southern hospitality.
I should probably mention I am scared. I have never been to Baton Rouge. Or even Louisiana. The closest person I know is over five hours away and worst of all, I am right next to LSU! Even through all of that I know I will fall in love with the city, meet new friends and proudly rep my University of Oregon Duck shirts as much as possible!
This is going to be the biggest adventure I have taken so far in my life. I hope it is true when they say Ducks are across the country because I sure hope I find one in Baton Rouge. Now I just have to find an apartment in a place I have never been to before. Piece of cake.
May 28, 2012 - 12:00 PM
There is a dirty word on campus right now, and that is called graduation. Or as I like to refer to it the "G" word. Some people are extremely excited that they are going to be done with school but the rest of us are in denial.
We are in denial that in just a couple of weeks we will be leaving the life we have known for the past four years. Drinking on a weeknight will no longer be acceptable. Surviving on little to no sleep will soon wreck our bodies. Our friends will no longer be within a five block radius of us. Chances are we will not be in this close proximity to the bars and most importantly "I'm hungover" will no longer be a valid excuse.
Besides all of the fun stuff we are entering a world of unknown for the first time. Yes, college has been way different then high school but we knew exactly what to expect. Movies had prepared us for it. Plus, it was just a continuation of schooling in a way better environment. Now we are writing our own stories and finding our own paths. For all of us there is not a pre-requisite on how to succeed from here on out. We knew in school that being successful meant that we needed to go to class, study, and work hard. I guess we can change the formula now to go to work, study, and work hard. Doesn't sound much different but the implications of it all is overwhelming.
For now, I will forget about the "G" word for a little bit longer. I will soak up as much of this Eugene sunshine as I can take. College has been the greatest four years of my life but I am bound and determined to make each and every year from here on out just as great.
May 27, 2012 - 12:00 PM
This past Memorial Weekend some friends and I decided to get out of Eugene and go camping. We had it planned for a couple of weeks. We were going to head out on Friday to Lake Odell a couple of hours outside of Eugene and spend the weekend by the fire making smores.
First, we leave two hours late. The sun is shinning down and we drive towards the dark clouds. Lake Odell is at a much higher elevation than Eugene so we drive up the mountain until we hit snow. As we pull into the campsite the wind is howling and creating white caps on the lake waves. We stay for no more than five minutes, make a few phone calls and find out that our friends boyfriend has a cabin on a lake not to far away. We pile back in and head that way.
We get into the one bedroom cabin, unpack all of our food and start having an amazing weekend. There is a small rowboat that we took to an island on the lake. We made fishing poles out of sticks and fishing wire. We hiked the beautiful scenery and of course, roasted smores by the fire.
This was one of the best weekends I have ever had in college. I had an amazing time with amazing friends and I couldn't have asked for more. It was just a little taste of what sweet summer will hold.
May 19, 2012 - 12:00 PM
It has happened, the elusive Spring term in Eugene. Many believed that it wasn't possible to go a week without rain here during the school year. Finally all the non-believers have been disproven.
My freshmen year at the University of Oregon was a very rainy year, until Spring term. It was like the weather Gods had refused to let it rain. The weather was spectacular every single day. It was that Spring term that brought us all back to UO the following year, and the next and so on. The rain was bearable, as long as we got that spring. We told incoming freshmen this story for years. They all thought that it was an illusion. The past two springs have been ridiculously rainy. I actually believe my junior year's winter term was nicer than spring!
When the sun comes out on campus I swear that the population of students triples. It is like we have come out of hibernation. As cheesy as it sounds, I believe that the University of Oregon appreciates sunshine more than any other school. We have dealt with the rain so much that we can truly enjoy the sunshine better than anywhere else. The only negative part of having a beautiful Spring term is all the campus tours. They see the campus at its absolute best. I feel like that UO is almost lying to the incoming students. If a prospective student comes to campus on a disgusting rainy day and still decides to come here then they know what they are getting themselves into. For those few who come during a perfect day- brace yourselves.