Oregon State University Top Questions

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Trinity

I would say to go somewhere where you are surrounded by friends and things that make you happy and secure, so you can focus on school and do better emotionally and academically

Brendan

GO TO S.T.A.R.T. you are able to register for classes, as well as getting to know the campus before you start school later that same year. It is key to move to Corvallis a few weeks before school starts. This is important because you are able to get to know the town, social setting, and what is acceptable on and off campus. Corvallis is a true college town so you are able to really enjoy your experience here, but you must be respectful of others around you, so get to know your neighbors no matter where you live in town!

Meaghan

Go to class! Some classes, even large ones, take attendance which counts towards your grade. Plus, most teachers base their tests on lectures, not the book.

Isaac

I would advise myself to prepare for a change in lifestyle, living more independently and making my own choices more independently than ever before. Make sure I know where I stand on issues of moral, scientific truths, religion, and my social circle. I would also tell myself to be sure to prepare everything before I go, make sure all of my financial aid is in place and double check everything that needs to be done before leaving the house and going to live on my own. Another thing I would tell myself is that sometimes things will seem hard and I will feel like I am in the wrong place, but I must realize in those times that I am not alone and that I am in the place I need to be in and I will do well here if I have confidence in myself and manage the opportunity I have been given well. Finally, I would tell myself to make the most of this blessing to be so fortunate to persue an education in such a great place, for I know not everyone is given such a chance. Don't take anything for granted, but enjoy it.

Ashley

I know that it seems like you have to have everything figured out right now, you don’t. I know money seems tight but remember, where there is a will there is a way. Don’t take no for an answer anymore, advocate for yourself in your academics! Don’t tell yourself you’re not good enough because you are. Be sure to fill out your FAFSA as soon as possible; don’t procrastinate on that because the stress of waiting until the last minute is not worth it. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and meet new people, everyone here is very friendly and accepting. Your morals will be tested, hold tight to them because once you lose your morals, you lose yourself. Don’t feel pressure to rush… there are plenty of women who are successful and aren’t in a sorority. Don’t bring your entire closet; the dorm rooms aren’t that big. You’ll need to get a job so apply quickly because everyone is in the same situation. These will be some of the best years, but focus on school too because its the true reason you're going.

Alyssa

Research early admission programs. If you your academic advisor doesn't know much about your intended major ask them if they can do some research for you or get you connected with the right resources. Get involved and volunteer. The more extracurricular activities you're involved in the more eligible you are for scholarships. You are also more well rounded and have a more competitive resume. If possible get some work experience while going to school. When you graduate not only will having a degree be important but also showing that you have some experience is very important. Make friends get to know the locals. They can introduce you to lay of the land. Have fun. It's not all work and no play. This is going to be one of the most significant chapters in your life. Enjoy it.

Regan

If I could go back and give my freshman-self advice, it would be RELAX! You don't need to squeeze every little thing into your first term or even year. Go into college with an open mind to try new things, but don't spread yourself too thin. College isn't a one-year venture! And yet, on the complete other side of my brain, I'd suggest they get involved with organizations sooner than later. Before you head out to whatever college, do some general research on things that interest you and what your potential colleges offer in that area. I didn't get involved in an organization until my sophmore year, but I've always kicked myself for not joining an OSU choir until a year later. Also, don't eat the food at McNary dining hall. You can thank me later.

Regan

If I could go back and give my freshman-self advice, it would be RELAX! You don't need to squeeze every little thing into your first term or even year. Go into college with an open mind to try new things, but don't spread yourself too thin. College isn't a one-year venture! And yet, on the complete other side of my brain, I'd suggest they get involved with organizations sooner than later. Before you head out to whatever college, do some general research on things that interest you and what your potential colleges offer in that area. I didn't get involved in an organization until my sophmore year, but I've always kicked myself for not joining an OSU choir until a year later.

Julia

Julia,Don’t worry so much about making plans. You don’t have to worry! College is fun. Enjoy it. Take your time, meet people, and take classes you like. Your long-term goals will change. You will change. You will become an entirely new person. So don’t worry about figuring out every single thing about your future. Your future will come, and if you spend the entire time worrying, you will have wasted a lot of years. Keep going, don’t give up, and don’t listen to people who try to bring you down. You will make it. Take time to appreciate your classes. If you actually try to learn what your teachers are telling you, you will gain information that you will use every day. There are plenty of people to meet and things to do, but don’t forget to enjoy learning. Also, thank your teachers. They put a lot of work into trying to help you grow. Most of all, college is a great experience. You learn new things all the time, and you have so many opportunities. Don’t forget to sit down, relax, and have a good time. Life is just beginning.

Vivian

I still have a lot of learn about college life. During my senior year, I definitely worried about the general college experience. I consistently asked myself questions such as "How will I share a bathroom with other girls on my floor?" and "What if I have roommate issues?" If I were talk to myself as a high school senior, I would start out with one word: relax. I would have told myself to stop overthinking and take things one at a time. Stop stressing and keep calm. Don't worry about fitting in. The most important thing is to be yourself. It's natural to be nervous about the college life but when it starts, it will be amazing and rewarding. I would also tell myself to follow one of my most favorite quotes by Lawrence K. Fish which states: "Find life experiences and swallow them whole. Travel. Meet many people. Go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. Try everything . Exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life.” So high school senior me, there will be a lot in store but you will get through it all. Trust me, you're not alone.

Corinne

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to slow down. Stay at home longer, don't move out right after graduation. Spend more time choosing a major, it's not the one that seems obvious. Focus less on your boyfriend, you will have the rest of your life with him. Find your motivation before you begin and make the commitment to finish, it is going to have to be something bigger then yourself. Get involved in student life, it may be out of your comfort zone, but the benfits are worth it. Make sure to serve the community, it instills good principles and there are great memories to be made. Get a part time job while in school, do something that sounds fun, not necessarily something for the pay. Take advantages of the free services the college offers, like the math and computer labs. Don't be afraid of online courses, they have many advantages. Keep your priorities straight, visit your family often, make friends and enjoy the journey. These are some of the best years of your life!

Jenna

Dear Jenna, I'm in college now and loving it! Don't worry you will too! I just wanted to tell you that just because you feel like you have no future and most if not all your grades have been "really" bad, you ARE smart! You will go to college after getting your GED and you will become a 4.0 student! Yeah, who would have thought... I never did, until now. Don't sweat the fact that your frustrated and want to give up, in college the teachers care. You will have a whole team of people rooting for you and happy to see and help you succeed. You will go on to become a member and Officer of Phi Theta Kappa, and yes you worked hard to get there too. Don't worry about lack of friendship, in college you will become friends with more amazing individuals then you'll know what to do with, and you won't have to smoke, drink, or do anything stupid to be accepted by your peers. Jenna you WILL succeed, your future IS bright and you CAN accomplish anything you put your mind to, let no one tell you otherwise!

Caleb

As a high school senior the pure thought of college made me jump with joy. The girls, the parties, the friends, the freedom were the thoughts that consumed my mind when refrencing college. The money, the actual academics, and stress were left out in story time, so of course, college was a fantasy to me. I started my freshman year and I saw the girls, the parties, the friends, and by god did I see the freedom, but the more I saw of those things, the more I saw of the negatives. College is overwhelming and many students do not know how to handle it all at once. You must take things in strides and very slowly. I made the mistake of signing up for anything and everything that I could handle, but I couldn't. Then I forgot what I was at Oregon State Univeristy for, schooling. You must remember that you are there for an education and not to make the Pleasure Center of the brain happy. You can enjoy all of the great things that college has to offer, but take a look around and remember what you are there for.

Derek

Don't let yourself fall behind, stay on top of everything. It's best to get everything done earlier and have time to go back and check your work. When things get difficult, don't let your self give up. Don't get discouraged it is overwhelming at first, but it will be worth it in the end. Get help the minute you feel like you are falling behind, because it is nearly impossible to ever catch back up. Balance school work and fun, don't just study all the time get out and socialize.

catherine

Don’t mistake your life for a movie. Even if you don’t open the right door or miss the plane just as it pulls away, you can still get the girl, boy, or whatever it is that your heart desires. There is no one right answer to make your dreams come true. To believe in some preordained course is not only a lie, it is also a thief, robbing you of life’s greatest adventure. Have the courage to get to know you. And take the road less traveled: explore new experiences, discover and test your talents, and raise your expectations. Trust me, a student, a wife, a mother, a pharmacist, a student again returning to study law at age forty-six, the best that life has to offer will surprise you if you let it.

McKenna

If I were able to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, there is so much I could say. I would tell myself to not be so afraid and to go for what I really wanted, to not be shy and just get out there and have some fun. I'd tell myself to save my money becuase I don't realize how much I'll really need it in a few months. I would encourage myself to live in the dorms and to put myself out there and make some awesome new friends, friends I will have for life. I'd make sure that I was enjoing my last moments in high school becuase they really are precious and closer to your heart that you realize. I would make sure that I was spending time with all my old friends before we all went away, and to really get that quality time in. The most important thing I would say to myself however, is not to get caught up in anything. Enjoy every moment of school and cherish the opportunities that I am given.

karl

Preparation would be the first thing I would tell myself. Preparation for being more independent, and responsible for your education. Meaning, knowing what you want, and what you want to get out of this college experience. Telling myself, senior year is not time to get out of practice of working hard. It's a time to work harder and to be at your peak when you start your college year, so you don't come out of this wonderful oppurtunity feeling there was something you should have done different. I would tell myself most of all, to relax and to enjoy my last high school year. Even though I can't wait to go to college, I am going to miss my high school years.

michel

THE only advice i would give myself if i could go back in time as a high schook senior is to save all the money i have because college life is so expensive.

Kendall

When I first began thinking about what I would tell my high school self, I was flooded with ideas such as, “finish college in your 20s, not in your 40s”, and “really, you’ll learn to love science”. However, as I reflected on my decisions post high school and the transition I made into college when I was thirty-eight, I realized that every choice I have made comprised who I am and I happen to like that person. So, the message I would have for my younger self is to have confidence in your self and your abilities, learn your limitations and respect them, don’t be in such a hurry to grow up, and remember that nothing is ‘the end of the world’. Endings pave the way for new beginnings.

Amanda

Before you start college have a set goal for your self in your head. Do not think you can not do something that you can if you put your mind to it, you can do anything. Choose a major that you will enjoy, college is not easy but seems easier when you are learning about something that you love to do. Choose a college that you will enjoy going to not the one all your friends go to, make the best of college.

Clarissa

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that moving to a different city and going to a university won't solve every problem. But if life is taken one day at a time, you can make it through a lot more than you originally thought. Also that many people in college, and life, are two-faced, but as long as you have a handful of close friends and your family on your side, you can survive anything.

Travis

I would not have much to say to my high school self. Although I did not do so well in highschool I feel that the adversity that I faced from moving to ethnically diverse schools and recieving a poor GPA benefitted me greatly. I feel that I strive on adversity and without these experiences I would not have become so motivated or stand in the top of my college classes as I do today. Perhaps I would have developed better analytical skills so that would have been my biggest advice. I would like to have been able to analyze documents and write about them. I feel that these skills should be nurtured among all high school students and I am no exception.

christopher

Breaking the Habit In life, we go through many changes, some can make us successful, while others can make us fail. But that all depends on how we chose to take action when those changes occurred. As we grow into adulthood, we have habits that sometimes cannot be broken, because we have adapted to them overtime. We can now make the necessary adjustments to avoid further mistakes. The majority of us don’t realize that until we depart from high school. But today I’m breaking that habit as each day passes while attending college. High school, for some of us was the best time of our lives, for others not so much. While attending high school, I wasn’t the most behaved or the most academically pupil there was. High school, for me, was just an excuse to get away from it all. With all good friends, good times, and fond memories it’s no wonder I was little minded in high school. However, if I hadn’t left that jungle I once called high school, I wouldn’t be the man I am today.

Khoa

If I could go back in time and talk to my senior self, there would be plenty of things I would tell my senior self and do many things differently. Coming into my freshmen year in college; I depended on financial aid a lot in order to pay for school. I am the youngest sibling in my family of three current students and the only one who actually have a chance at getting into Pharmacy School. In order to help my parents out more than I have, I would try to apply for plenty of scholarships. The only person working in my family is my father and he is almost at the age of retiring right now. I have not recieved a single scholarship coming out of high school in 2009. I know that this scholarship only covers about 13% of my tuition but its still contributing towards my financial aid debt. Besides telling myself to apply for more scholarships, I would also tell myself to focus more on school and how important volunteer work is in college. I graduated high school with honors and as of right now, I know I can be doing better in school.

Ashley

If I were able to speak to myself as a senior, I would tell my self not follow what the tests are telling you. I came to college as a math major and spent two years working on it before I took a history course. I realized right away that I was not enjoying any of the math courses I had been taking and that my true passion was for history. I had picked math because of all the standardized tests I took in high school. Not a single one of them related to history, and I was basing what I was really good at on the scores I was getting on the tests I took. They all said I did an excellent job in math, and I decided that since I was doing so well on those tests, then I must like it. That wasn't true, and if I had taken the time to look at what I really enjoyed, I would have been able to work on a major I enjoyed for much longer. So if I could tell myself one helpful hint, it would be to base my decisions on my passion not on a test.

Katie

I would advise myself to not worry so much about keeping my friends from high school. When I graduated, I was worried that I wouldn't have anyone to hang out with in college. Because of this, I tried to build stronger relationships with people who I hadn't been close with in a long time, merely because we were going to the same college. When I got here, I started meeting and becoming friends with people with whom I had much more in common. Living on campus and meeting the people in classes that I liked meant I developed more meaningful relationships. High school friendships are fun, but they are not the only people who will ever like you.

chelsea

I don't know if there is any advice I could have been told, to have prepared me more for college life. Last year as a High School Senior, I was told that I need to know what areas of study I would like to take in college, what toilettres to bring to school, where to find text books for the cheapest and how I should act when I'm thrown into this new world. I wish I was told that there is nothing that can really prepare you in taking on this new life, people will give you tools and advice but listen to what your heart tells you. I would have told myself, take a deep breath, do you want to do what other people say you should be doing? The real advice would be: "You have your whole life, what do you want to do with it Chelsea?"

Nicthe

Attending OSU has been valuable, because it has allowed me to dream in a larger spectrum. I decided to get involved in a Cross-Cultural Mentorship program, a leadership program, and the Spanish Club. These three programs have allowed me to expand my understanding, accept the differences between individuals. College is not just about academics but understanding the world we live in and how we can benefit from it.

Samantha

I have learned a lot about myself the first term of college. I was very mentally and emotionally unstable and unable to accomplish what is expected of a freshman student. The OSU community was so amazing and welcoming. I was able to get counseling, talk to my teachers, make new friends for life, and now have a happy future in my second semester. I am moving into a co-ed business dorm instead of a co-op, getting a job on campus, and taking more fun classes such as Qigong. The university is also doing a lot of remodeling so now this term I have brand new tennis courts to play on. The university cares about their students in all aspects of their life and I feel confidnet that attending OSU will take me severals steps ahead in the future.

Kaitlyn

I've learned thus far that as long as you're committed, focused, and driven, anyone can go to college and succeed. I may only be in my second semester of college, but being a mother of a 15 month old girl, I've proven to be successful thus far with a 4.0 GPA. College isn't about the experience of parties or drinking games, it's about bettering oneself and holding on to the knowledge you've gained. It took having a child to finally decide on what I'd like to become and that didn't involve being a receptionist for the rest of my life. It's been an extremely valuable experience for my self-esteem because I now know I have the brains and will to accomplish what I want most. It's also been valuable to my personality as well. I've grown out of the shy shell I was in before and have been able to meet some very amazing people along the way. It's been far from easy, but the knowledge and personal growth I've been able to obtain through going to college has made it all worth while.

Jesse

During school I have learned independance as well as the many life applicable lessons and teachings. The attendace here at school is bettering my understanding of the world and the people in it. Through my schooling, I have learned much to relate toward my carreer and hopefully one day the betterment of peoples health. The experience is growing every year, learning new and fantastic ways to cope with work loads, meeting new people and sharing the enjoyment of something that will only last as long as i stay in school. There are many things i have gotten out of my school, some hard lessons in which failure only brings about new hopes and drive, and success in which I grow and become more sure in myself and who I am as an individual and player in a vast wide and growing community of the world.

Nathan

My college experience is one of the most valuable experiences of my life. The reason for this is multi-faceted education. I got an academic education of superb quality in Mechanical Engineering, accompanied by an education about life and some great experiences. I was fortunate to attend campus cultural events, work at the Memorial Union, and be in a fraternity. Some of my best friends to this day I met at college. I also treasure some lasting academic relationships born at O.S.U. The faculty throughout my time at Oregon State have always been warm and helpful. They have helped me tremendously in my professional career as well, providing recommendations and giving valuable advice about pursuing advanced degrees and professional success. I have been inspired to use the valuable knowledge and wisdom bestowed upon me to improve continuously for the purpose of giving back.

Royden

Well,I just started and so far I am loving it.When I am finished with my program I will be able to start a better and more successful life for myself as well as my family.I also love the fact that not only do I get to earn a degree as a medical office administration major,but I get a piece of mind that life will be great.I attend Heald College Honolulu,and the experience there is awesome.The area is convenient,the classes are small,and the teachers are great.At the moment I am a college freshman and still accumilating my experiences at college.This is my first experience at a higher education institution.Although, I know that it will all be well.

Heather

After high school I made the irresponsible decision to take time off "to experience real life". This led not to personal enlightenment or the feeling of having achieved adulthood, but to a miserably unfulfilling career in retail that I knew in my heart was a waste of my skills and potential. At 26 I decided it was time to go back to school, get a degree and change the world. Unfortunately, because of my employment background I was ineligible for grants and most other forms of financial aid. I have paid for the last year of college out of pocket and with student loans, and the sense of personal satisfaction I get from finally living up to my potential has been worth the financial hardship. The last eight years of my life were spent barely scraping by, working multiple jobs because I made the wrong choice after graduation. Looking back makes me appreciate the opportunity I have been given to return to school and do something important with my life. I am now a 4.0 student majoring in Biotechnology. My past has motivated me to change my future, and I finally feel like I’m experiencing “real life”.

McKenna

I can't even come close to describing how amazing my college experience has been, and I'm only a sophomore! I am the first person in my family to go to college, something I am very proud of. It has taught me a lot about myself and about being an adult, most of my friends leave all the details to their parents, but I handle every aspect of my education. I handle the loans and daily think about the years I will be in debt. But honestly I would gladly be in debt for my entire life and have this experience. I have made the best friends I could ever imagine, girls I know will be by my side on my wedding day, I have made enough memories for a lifetime and done things I never thought I would. I am currently an active member of Alpha Chi Omega and that has been the most amazing experience of them all, it has taught me so much about people and myself, and not to lay judgement on anyone based on my assumptions. I know without a doubt that I will look back at this time and love what I see.

W.

My college experence has given me the oppertunity to start getting retrained in a new field. This field will hopefully be one that will not be one that the jobs will not be sent overseas. The college experience is a great way to get back in touch with people and reality after bieng out of work for over two years. I have been able to learn and hope to be able to continue to learn. I am hopong to get enough scholarships to be able to continue my education so I can find a job after I graduate. I will then be able to contribute to society. The knowledge I have gained so far has been invaluable twards that goal of being a contributing member of society. Thank you for a chance to apply for this scholarship and if I win I will use it to further my education for my new career.

Elizabeth

I approached college as a total learning experience. I did want a good academic education so I could get the career I want, but I also wanted to improve my social life, my dating life and my adventure/travel life. Not only will I have a good education for the future, I'll also be able to interact with all sorts of people and feel satisfied that I didn't miss out on anything in life.

Kristi

What I have gotten out of my experience so far is that college is about finding yourself and being who you want to be. College has broadened my thinking and has helped me understand why things are the way they are. I have become an even more curious person and ask a lot more question. I also feel as if I am being challenged and forced to know and do a lot of different things, but I can honestly say that I enjoy every minute of it.

Darrick

Attending college has helped me to grow as a person. It has taught me many valuable lessons such as time management, and how to achieve my goals. I have learned the value of others and the strength in diversity. I have gained experiences and skills nessary to succeed on campus and in the professional world. My time in college has given me the confidence I need and the desire to invest in the future of others to help them succeed.

Jessica

From being at college, I have been non-stop busy. There was always something going on somewhere or homework that could have been done. It was a good fit for me since I am a busy body and continuously like to be working on something. Also my advisors and professors aren't as strict as some may portay them. They really do care and want to see you succeed. You just have to make the effort to go talk to them. They will not come to you if you are failing a class or not showing up at all. It is your responsibility to go and talk to them.

Jill

I gained a vital tool to save for when I (hopefully) get into nursing school next fall: how to study. Ironically, I had written a few sentences on my entrance essay about having learned to study in AP US history class; a great start, but I was not entirely ready for the upper-division courses a college degree requires. Different courses and styles of teaching demand varying methods of studying to do well. However, a few courses spurred reevaluation of my methods. Anatomy and physiology labs and lectures were extremely challenging, with large amounts of material and difficult tests. What worked best for me was to make my own study sheets, answering provided review questions and inserting facts, tables, diagrams and illustrations, to create an easily-reviewed packet. I copied diagrams to a whiteboard, went to study sessions, and took advantage of the optional study materials provided. I was pleased to receive one B+ and five As. I want to go to nursing school and fulfill my desire to serve others. I’m a bit apprehensive about the amount of learning I’ll have to do, but realize that this time has helped prepare me for future learning.

Stephanie

Attending Oregon State University showed me how interrelated every academic subject is and how a singular approach is never enough. Students must be hands-on and interact with their professors to grow personally, academically and professionally. I started class wanting to focus on Anthropology and found myself taking classes in Philosophy, History and Geology that all contributed and referenced each other. None of my classes stood alone and the more classes I took the more I wanted to take. I felt like the world opened up with endless possibilities.

amy

While attending my first year in college, i have already learned many valuable life lessons. I have learned more about independant living, and finances. I am going to college in-state and living with my single mother, so paying for college has been an eye-opening debt. I have taken up two jobs. This semester has also taught me that I am in charge of my future from here on out and there are no high school teachers or counsilors to show me the path or the steps to take. It is my job to finally choose what I want to do for the rest of my life, not just what I want to do after the friday night football game. Each day this semester I have learned something new, and at a community college meeting people and getting involved is not thrown in my face, i had to search for ways to meet people and join clubs and activities. College this semester has taught me many life lessons.

Lonna

I have learned how to live on my own, and it wasn't easy moving from Texas to Oregon. I learned how to open up and make friends. I've learned how to manage my time quite well. I have learned so much through the variety of courses that I have taken, and I learned a lot about myself, and what I want to do with my future. I've learned what kind of person that I am in how I manage my time, and through my priorities, and my close friends that I have made. And with the help of the school, I have found that I want to help kids in high school with college guidance, the way that I was not helped.

Stephanie

Even though I have only been here as a freshman a couple weeks, I have already gained some "know how" about college and my future. The impression that I have gotten from my instuctors is that they care and want me to succeed! I have a plan for what I want to do with my life, but more importantly, I have a plan for how I am going to get there. This is exactly what Oregon State University does for students: it helps them make a realistic plan for how they are going to accomplish all the things they want to do and where they want to end up!

JENNIFER

I have just recently took the steps to get my G.E.D. I am not going to let anything get in my way but, financially, I don't have the means to become a nurse. I am determined to make mine and my childrens future better. I believe that my becoming a nurse will fill a big hole in my life. I love helping people and believe that nursing would be the perfect job for me.

Joseph

i haven't enrolled in college at this point in time because of financial situations. im looking forward to getting enrolled within the next semester.

Karen

So far I've gained a lot of maturity form my college expierence. In the short time that I've been here, I have learned to become financially responsible, and I have also learned how to better manage my time. These skills will be valuable to me for the reest of my life as I travel abroad to different countries and take full control of my own life. Money management will be important in foreign countries so that I will not be stranded in an unfamiliar place, and so that I can hopefully always have financial security. Time management will be important because as I continue my education and begin to take on heavier loads, it will be great to know what my limit is, and how much I can do in a day without overworking myself.

Kaitlyn

When I first moved into the dorms my freshman year, I had no clue who I was. I knew what activities I like to participate in, I knew what values I had been raised with but I truly couldn't tell you who Kaitlyn Frazier was. It wasn't until I was completely on my own that I realized I had no identity apart from my family. Slowly but surely, I began to feel out the boundaries of my independence. I began to explore new activates and opportunities. I took the time to reflect on who I wanted to become and what things made me truly happy and unlike anytime before in my life, I actually took action to make them happen. Instead of letting my fears of leaving my comfort zone consume me I began taking risks. I found that as scary as the unknown is, it can also be life changing. No other experience in my life has been more challenging. No other experience has expected me to give more of myself and yet still expect me to give more still. Oregon State University has truly given me a most precious gift. The gift of self discovery.

Desirae

This year I have not only learned to be independent, but to reach out as a person. I have learned more about the value of money given that I am paying for school by myself. I have learned how important an education is for anyone. I have learned to better manage my time between work and pleasure and what works best for me as a person when it comes to studying and learning at a good level. It has been valuable to attend because it's something that I appreciate and know that I am doing this by myseld. It's going to be especially valuable in the future when I can see where my education takes me and I can look back and be glad that I took the extra step to attend and pay for college.

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