First Year Reflections: The University of Oregon

By Sherpa Lauren Johnson The University of Oregon is a place full of life and spirit. For me, the first couple of weeks were filled with exploring the beauty of the campus and meeting an overwhelming number of new people. It felt like summer camp without the lingering feeling that this incredible experience was only temporary. As the weeks went by, routines formed and I began to think I was fully immersed in all U of O had to offer. However, the amazing thing about the University of Oregon is no matter how many of the aspects of the college experience I have already learned, I continue to discover so many more. Just driving through the streets of Eugene I stumble upon random little things, like houses with sunflowers painted all over them, houses that are turned into tea parlors, and secret gardens. “Only in Eugene” rushes through my mind as a small smile forms on my face. The University of Oregon is a place where just walking to class you feel a part of something bigger, a part of a family, where strangers full of joy and excitement will shout “Sco Ducks!” back and forth to each other across the street on any given day. This is a place that makes the first …

Our Campus, Our Secrets: The Exposition Rose Garden at University of Southern California

By Sherpa Jordyn Buettner One of my favorite places to visit is the Exposition Park Rose Garden. It is directly across the street from the southern border of campus and somewhat of an oasis in our urban neighborhood. The Garden is a great place to hang out with friends or get some reading done away from the hustle of campus.

What’s Something People Don’t Know About Your School?

“They don’t know that the isolation is actually the opposite of isolating. You have direct access to: enough nature to spend a lifetime exploring (and the resources free to do it through backpacking, skiing, canoeing etc.), fantastic and genuinely caring professors, brilliant students from all over the country and world, beautiful athletic facilities, and consistently solid food through the college services and local dining. There are social, religious, therapeutic, and technological resources to ensure you feel well-connected within the college, and tons of work and volunteer opportunities to get involved outside the Purple Bubble in the surrounding area.” -Sherpa Mack, Williams College