Lindy Mabuya '14
Hometown: Benoni, South Africa
Major: Family and Human Services
Why did you choose to come to Oregon?
The FHS Program here at the university is the best way to graduate with a professional degree that gives back so much to the community. I am also an Inter-Cultural Service Program Scholarship recipient and go out into the community to do talks and performances from my country and culture
How did you choose your major?
The FHS Major is perfect for me because I have many interning opportunities that enable me to experience being in the field before choosing a specialty. I also love that I can give back to the community as well as get such great experience.
What has been your best experience on campus? Why?
I really enjoy how politically engaged the students are on this campus. Students are really in charge of their futures and are proactive in engaging in decisions that could potentially affect them. My all-time favourite is of course the sporting events. I thoroughly enjoy football games at Autzen, watching our Men and Women's Basketball, Volleyball and our Acro Tumb teams at Matt Knight Arena as well as our Baseball team at PK Park! Go Ducks!
What are your plans after you graduate?
I would like to go to Graduate School and specialize in Autism
Why do you think it's important for alumni to give back to the UO?
It's important because it shows support as well as inspires future and current students like myself. It shows a sense of pride and it does have a huge impact whether it's giving to a department, a program or a scholarship. It all makes a difference and it is appreciated very much!
What do you do in your free-time?
I enjoy going to the Rec Center to work out, I enjoy taking advantage of our 250 miles of hiking and biking trails. I enjoy reading and spending time with my friends. In the summer I most look forward to floating the river.
What is your advice to incoming freshman?
The best advice I can give is that this is the opportunity of a life time. It's so easy to complain about the small things when they don't matter in the long run. This college experience is unlike any other time in your life. Work hard in class, play a sport, join a club, go on that hike, float the river, live, laugh, love, experience. Make new friends, study abroad, pull an all-nighter, sleep in one day, visit every library on campus and go to at least one of every sporting event! Bleed green, wear yellow, GO DUCKS!