Ashland, OR
Southern Oregon University


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

To find the right place, look around until you find the place that clicks, that feels right. When you are on the campus, you...

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

To find the right place, look around until you find the place that clicks, that feels right. When you are on the campus, you should feel like you are home. To make the most of your college experience, I know this had been said 100 times but it remains true: get involved! Find something you love doing, and keep doing it! It will make your experience so much richer and more memorable. This year, with NRHH(National Residence Hall Honrary) I have walked all around Ashland, dressed as a ballerina asking for canned food donations, cooked and served pancakes until 2 AM more than once, spent nine hours cutting out and putting up snowflakes, snowmen and other decorations, and I have loved every minute of it. To help the community of SOU and Ashland, while knowing that someone thought I was one the top 1% of leaders in the Residence Halls, has been y amazing for me. This has led me to pursue more active roles in Residence Hall Leadership. I have just submitted my application to be an RA next year. I feel like I have found my niche. Find something tyou are equally passionate about.

What's unique about your campus?

Where do I begin? SOU/Ashland is so beautiful, and such a supportive atmosphere. I've met some wonderful people and had some wonderful classes. I was asked what my best experience at SOU was once, and I couldn't narrow it down to one, because nearly every experience is my best experience!

What kind of person should attend this school?

SOU is good for the arts and sciences, not so much if for sports. Teams exist, but they aren't the greatest. Being down the street from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, we're an arts school. It's a good size for people who are freaked out by large cities or schools, Ashland is a small town and SOU is a very supportive campus. People from large cities are sometimes bored. The main attraction is theater, the theater department at the school and the surrounding theaters are fabulous! There is also skiing on Mt Ashland for outdorsy types.

Kelli
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Southern Oregon University is a small liberal art university, with an intimate learning environment and a committment to soci...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Southern Oregon University is a small liberal art university, with an intimate learning environment and a committment to social responsibility.

Describe the students at your school.

Most of my classmates are White, in-state students with a very limited view of the world.

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

Researching a university is extremely important. I strongly recommend a campus visit before deciding which university is best. Once the student has chosen a school, I suggest living on-campus. The department of Residential Life is dedicated to providing educational and fun programs to further enrich the college experience. I also believe that students should get involved in any extra-curricular clubs he/she finds interesting. In addition to aforementioned suggestions, I must promote studying abroad. I have participated in a summer study abroad program to Germany, and will be going to South Korea with a similar program this summer. Finally, before a final decision is made, know the cost of the school. So many students arrive at college and do not know anything about financial aid. Parents, educate your students about the cost, and students, seek out on-campus resources that are designed to assist with financial aid. College is expensive, get the most out of it.

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

To help parents and/or students find the right college and make the most of the college experience, I would give them advice ...

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

To help parents and/or students find the right college and make the most of the college experience, I would give them advice about the kind of environment suitable for the individual. In regards to the kind of environment, I mean the location of the college, the types of programs, and the special aspects of individual colleges. The parent and/or student must begin with the area of study or interest, because most colleges have specific programs in which these interests fit. Once the parent and/or student has determined an area of interest, then he or she must focus on the location of the school. The cost of attendence for some colleges increases depending on in or out of state residency, and I would recommend the individual researches all of the costs for their current situation. Once he or she has chosen a college, it is time to make the most of the college experience. I believe college students need to go out of their comfort zone and interact with people from different backgrounds, and get involved with clubs and make as many diverse friends as possible. Like most people say, "These are the best years of your life."

What kind of person should not attend this school?

In my opinion there is no specific kind of person who shouldn't attend Southern Oregon University. I believe the more diverse the students attending this university are, the more acceptable students will become in current and future life. All people are created equally and there should never be any forms of discrimination in any situation. I will always agree completely with the following statements, "Don't judge a book by its cover"...and "Treat others the way you expect to be treated." Life is too short for discrimination of any form and I will believe that till I die.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I don't believe I brag about my school, although I am extremely proud of every aspect of the University. If I were to brag though, I would say I love every aspect of Southern Oregon University, such as: students, faculty, the city of Ashland, the clubs, the friendliness of everyone around campus, and the overall feel of the University. I could brag about SOU, instead I just like to convince non-students of SOU that they are missing out on a genuine college experience.

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

Make sure they preview the college first that way they can get a feel for what kind of environment they will be in. Preview c...

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

Make sure they preview the college first that way they can get a feel for what kind of environment they will be in. Preview classes and watch teachers teach without making an appointment that way they don't knowingly put on a show for you. Take a look at the food... Have an open mind and prepare yourself to be exposed to new ideas, people, way of thinking, etc. Visit the counseling center and see what kind of help is offered and the health center.

Casey
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Located in vibrant, sunny, Ashland, Southern Oregon University is student centered, encourages community involvement, values ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Located in vibrant, sunny, Ashland, Southern Oregon University is student centered, encourages community involvement, values the arts, and promotes environmental responsibility .

Describe the students at your school.

Students at SOU value differences, enjoy the outdoors, are laid back, and friendly.

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

Visiting colleges should be at the top of your priorities list when deciding where to spend the next four years of your life. Touring campuses not only allows you to get a feel for a particular school, but provides the opportunity to learn about and compare services. Before your visit prepare a list of questions you have and a checklist of what you want in a school. These will help you sift through the overwhelming amount of information you are about to receive. Also, though you risk minor embarrassment, it is important to bring a parent or someone else who has been through the college experience with you on your visit. Once you arrive on campus, try to get the fullest experience possible. Take an official tour, sit in on a class, eat in the dining facilities, and explore the surrounding community. Once you are in college, take advantage of free services such as tutoring and get involved immediately. Join a hall council, intra-mural sport, academic or social club. Extra-curricular activities not only open the door to internships and travel opportunities, they help you adjust quicker and make more friends. Live it up. College is an incredible experience.

Lindsey
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

SOU has breathtaking surroundings and a fun atmoshphere.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

SOU has breathtaking surroundings and a fun atmoshphere.

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

To me, finding the right college is like buying a new pair of shoes. First, they need to be comfortable. Secondly, you need to be able to wear them with many different outfits and most of all; those shoes need to make you feel important. When deciding on a college, you first need to make sure it has your desired career and if you are undecided make sure they have many career paths that you may be interested in. Then, you need to make sure you are comfortable being that far away or close to home. Finally, you need to feel at home when you are touring the different colleges. If you choose a college that is a complete 360 from where you grew up, you may have difficulty adapting to college life after the excitement of moving out and being on your own wears off. All in all, you need to make sure the college you choose fits you like your favorite pair of shoes. That way, you will have the confidence to make new friends and become a successful college student, making you parents, the proudest parents of all.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I attended a very small school where I didn't have to study very hard. Now, I wish I had known that SOU's classes require a solid amount of studing, but nothing unberalbe if you have a good work ethic.

Daniel
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

SOU is best known for it football team and theatre programs.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

SOU is best known for it football team and theatre programs.

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

I would advise parents and students to consider where the parking is a round campus is. How much the parking permits cost and how safe the vehicles they drive are. Another question to consider, is the benefits that a university offers. Sometimes the benefits out weigh the down sides.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Finding a parking place at the SOU campus can be tedious. There are so many students who are attending and generally many students are trying a space to park as well and buying a parking permit is required in most areas. The parking permits can get pretty expensive over the school career.

Jesse
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A small-town university, worth every moment; limited by its budget, infinite in its atmosphere.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A small-town university, worth every moment; limited by its budget, infinite in its atmosphere.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Nestled in the Rogue Valley, Ashland is a tiny little town unlike any other I've ever been in. While it might not have all the luxurious amenities of a downtown university like PSU or a big college like UO, it's tight knit, beautiful and engaging. Other campuses I visited just weren't as interesting as SOU's - people here are liberal, friendly and open-minded. College is about the experience, not the education, and I chose my university accordingly.

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

College is not the classes you take in it. College is not economics, but you will learn how the world around you relates to your wallet. College is not about communications, but you will learn to understand and empathize with those you meet. College is not about theater, but you are sure to find love and laughs. College is not about chemistry, but it is about balancing the equation. Your college will not be its class sizes, its tuition costs, its school spirit events, its cafeteria food, or its scantron test sheets. College is learning that when you're hungry, ramen noodles taste as good as anything else; finding that a well-earned four hours of sleep after vanquishing your homework can be more satisfying than sleeping in until noon; realizing that mom and dad were basically always right; and finally, in the eleventh hour, college is the picture coming into focus. It's not about what you want to be when you grow up; it's about the time you have, the person you are and what to do with both. Or, as Mark Twain said, "never let your schooling interfere with your education."

Kaylyn
Describe the students at your school.

I find that my classmates within my major have high expectations for themselves and strive to let it shine through in their w...

Describe the students at your school.

I find that my classmates within my major have high expectations for themselves and strive to let it shine through in their work.

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

When you or your family is going through the process of finding what school would be the "right" school, start with what is important to you. Look at schools that are well known for the program of the field of study you intend to persue. Given that there are so many schools available, narrow down your choice by location, campus size, programs that you would consider minoring in. Also considering applying to schools in which some of your friends have already inrolled or intend to because it is nice to have someone you know to be nearby when you get homesick your first time away from home.

What's unique about your campus?

The theater program has a hands-on class system that I feel is really useful to have when the Theater Arts program graduates finish and move onto either graduate programs or directly into the working world.

Sylvia
Describe the students at your school.

From varied economic backgrounds and we all seem to be trying to get our bachelors degrees for better pay in our future caree...

Describe the students at your school.

From varied economic backgrounds and we all seem to be trying to get our bachelors degrees for better pay in our future careers.

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

You should visit the campus while school is in session. Possibly sit in on a class in the field you're interested in. It would be beneficial to spend a day exploring the surrounding area. Ask all the questions you may think of even if you think they are rude or stupid. Make sure you understand the dorm situation you're about to go live in and be prepared to change roommates a few times. Make sure you have a savings account for emergencies and unexpected expenses. Make a budget or actively discuss money management with your young adult/ parents. Visit an academic advisor after your first term and start working on your graduation plan. Make sure to apply for FAFSA and other local scholarship programs as soon as they become available. Visit a financial aid advisor and discuss your funds and loans. Be really careful taking out private loans, a lot of times having a part time job is a better idea. Work during the summer and winter break! Smile a lot and be open to making friends with new people. Join a club and commit some time to socializing with productive people instead of party people. Stay safe.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about my school is that all the school sponsored activities don't seem very "cool" and associating with RA's or other program and club members is looked down upon by the majority of the school. None of the activities ever end up being as cool as they say they will and are really underfunded.

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