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University of Portland


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Goshina
What's unique about your campus?

The student body is probably the best thing about the University of Portland. They are a well-rounded, diverse, and successfu...

What's unique about your campus?

The student body is probably the best thing about the University of Portland. They are a well-rounded, diverse, and successful unit. Being in an environment with such a large amount of motivated students makes it that much more encouraging to work to my full potential. The students are actually more competitive with themselves and helpful with those around them. This kind of support makes the University of Portland a very comfortable place of education.

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

If I could sit across myself as a high school student, I would advise myself to welcome change as opposed to resisting it. In high school, I truly believed that I knew everything I needed to about myself. The stubbornness and ignorance that can stem from this level of pride can be damaging to one’s character before it evens gets a chance to develop. As I noticed my interests changing, I turned the other cheek. I didn’t realize that change is quite a rewarding experience. Allowing yourself to change is key in self-discovery, and this is a life-long process. This form of flexibility is part of having a strong sense of self, though the opposite may seem to be true. The world is constantly changing, and we must not stay stagnant, or we risk falling behind. A wise man by the name of George Bernard Shaw said that “the reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw was onto something; a concept that every young adult should be introduced to early on.

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

The University of Portland has some of the most influential and inspiring people as professors. They are devoted to building relationships with their students and genuinely enjoy teaching them. They teach in an approachable manner while still maintaining respect with their students. The professors at UP make it a point to ensure that their students are getting the help they need and connect them will all possible resources. I have been given the utmost opportunity from my professors and have been pushed to my highest potential because of them.

Cuiping
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

University of portland is best known of the study abroad program. We have an extensive programs in Asia, Australia, Latin Ame...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

University of portland is best known of the study abroad program. We have an extensive programs in Asia, Australia, Latin America, and Europe. Most students who came back from the abroad program gave positive views on these program, it challeges you to adapt new enviroment in a short tme of period and expecets you to challege yourself to step pass what you thinkyour limit is, it also prepared them for success; to be success, students believed that we must be able to interacting betweeen multiple cultures and capable of analyzing issues on global level.

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

If I can go back in time, I would like to tell myself not to worry about anything external factors and fo apply every school that I want. Even though some school that you think you will not be able to get in, but just apply anyway. At least then you will have no regrets in your later life time, gave it an ending to your dream. Failure to get in to your dream school isnot ashame, what is embrasses is the regretion that you do not even have the courage to try. This not only applying to the process of applying colleges, but also to anything in life. We shall have the courage to try and fail because now I believe that failures are a beautiful experience in life that we will refer back in our old age. Which those memories and experiences are what created us to be where we are in the old age.

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

The worst thing I consider as the worst in University of Portland is the financial aid. Statistically said there are 77% of students applied for need base aid but only 5.5% of students's need were fully met, I understand that in such a small campus it's hard to met everyone's need but I do strongly encourage the staffs and students work together to solve this high tuition fees.

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

Love every minute of being surrounded by your childhood friends. College is a new world, and even though high school seems so...

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

Love every minute of being surrounded by your childhood friends. College is a new world, and even though high school seems so long, it's not. That said, I would advice myself to have applied for more scholarships. College is not cheap, and every application that you turn in can make a difference. Overall I would have adviced myself to cherish the memories I made in high school and be ready to make new ones.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about this school is having to take the core requirements, like Fine Arts and History. Although these core requirements are helpful and make our education more well-rounded they take up a lot of space in schedules. This then makes schedules much more rigorous, and creates an atmosphere that a student must sefficiently plan for. Although it is the most frustrating in the long run, I think it will end up benefitting every student.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone that should attend University of Portland, is someone that loves to be in a thriving community. This school is full of amazing individuals that together create an atmosphere that allows for one to be successful. Someone who comes to University of Portland also has to want to be at a small school. The classroom sizes are comparable to high school sizes, and that is not for everyone. Overall a perosn that should come to University of Portland has to be willing to immerse themselves in the new community that is provided.

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

At the University of Portland, every student matters.

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

At the University of Portland, every student matters.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Being a top school in the west, the nursing and engineering school, the network and assistance available to students,.

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

Getting one major scholarships doesn't cut it, apply for more scholarships. Always be prepared to work in groups, and volunteer even more than you did. Volunteering is huge in college.

Molly
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The University of Portland is best known for its community, location, and focus on educating the whole person. The school has...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The University of Portland is best known for its community, location, and focus on educating the whole person. The school has a reputation of having an incredibly warm and inclusive community. People also know of this school because of where it is situated, overlooking the beatufiul city of Portland. And perhaps most importantly, the University of Portland is known for its very deliberate focus on educating the whole person through a liberal arts curriculum. Instead of taking classes just in one discipline, each student takes core classes and different courses through many different departments.

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

The University of Portland has two very distinct features that make it a unique school. The first is the school's location. It sits overlooking the vibrant city of Portland, while still maintaining a very college feel because of how enclosed the campus is. It is truly the best of both worlds because the city is so close yet separate from the campus location. The second unique thing about this school is the community. It is not simply a place to learn or to live, it is a home to become a part of.

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

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to relax and to trust myself and my abilities. As my senior year of high school ended I was filled with an incredible excitement that could'nt be contained. I was ready for the next phase of my life. However, this excitement was mixed with nervousness. There were so many things that I was unsure of or that I thought would go wrong in college. I had an image of what my life would be like for the next four years and I was scared that college would not meet my expectations. However, now that I have gone through the transition of graduating and starting my undergraduate studies, my advice would be to relax. Expectations should be thrown out the window. Instead of expecting certain things or being nervous, my advice is to live each moment and be as present as possible. To do this, I wish I could go back and tell myself to trust in who I know I am and in my abilities to lead the life that I want to lead.

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

Now that I’m armed with the knowledge of what to expect from college, some advice I would have given myself would be, “Yuri, ...

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

Now that I’m armed with the knowledge of what to expect from college, some advice I would have given myself would be, “Yuri, give yourself time.” Learn to be patient and not expect for everything to be perfect the first week. Take time to make friends, see what you like and get involved; pursue deep friendships. Don’t be afraid to get to know your professors, they are there to help you succeed. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take advantage of their office hours; it shows you care about their class and your grades. Most importantly, remember that your main priority is your education. Before deciding to go out exploring your new surroundings, make sure your homework is completed and that you have taken the time to study. I would tell myself to remember that freshman year can be one of the best years of your life if you go into it with the right attitude and a light heart. Take chances, step outside your comfort zone, make long lasting friendships, work hard, and above all become the success you deserve to be. College opens many doors for your career and personal life, chase after them.

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

The sense of community on campus. I see at least 15 different people that I know just on my way to class or while getting foo...

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

The sense of community on campus. I see at least 15 different people that I know just on my way to class or while getting food. This University is a small, but growing school and there are a ton of great people here that you interact with everyday.

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

I would tell myself to relax. I would tell myself that everything will work out the way that it is supposed to. There are more important things than grades in life. I was 12th in my class of 273 people and I got into a lot of really good schools, but I wish I would have had more fun in high school and let loose a little more. I would also encourage myself to appreciate those closest to myself. Now that I am here at the University, I realize how important family and friends are as a support system. When I am having mental breakdowns or I have way too much to do and am stressing about it, those are the people that I call because I know I can rely on them. Family is the most important thing you have and it's important to be there for them so that they can be there for you. I would tell myself to have my priorities straight. Make time for family and friends, but don't lose sight of your goal or what you are trying to accomplish. Don't settle for anything and keep believing in yourself.

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

It's inability to adapt to the changing world. Views about sexual orientation and things like that are changing, but this University has had some issues with that. They are very set in their ways and it doesn't seem like there is always a chance to be free as a college student. Some requirements of the Unviersity are very uncommon in other places such as intervisitation hours and requirements for Theology classes. However, it is a Catholic University, so this is kind of expected.

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

University of Portland, which is a small Holy Cross institution, is filled with professors who truly care about their student...

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

University of Portland, which is a small Holy Cross institution, is filled with professors who truly care about their students, students who take their education very seriously yet still make time for fun, and staff members that go to great measures to ensure that the students are receiving the ultimate educational college experience.

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

I brag most about the location and the academic merit of the nursing school. Portland is an amazing city to live in, as there are endless opportunities and fun things to do. I like to boast about the fact the University of Portland has its own secluded campus (a beautiful campus, might I add), yet it is still a short bus ride away from downtown. The nursing program here is one of the best in the country, so it's hard not to brag about the quality of education I am receiving.

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

I would advise my high school-self to take advantage of all the opportunities that interest me as soon as I arrive on campus. When I first got to college, I didn't make an effort to get involved in activities on campus right away because I was too concerned about my academic studies and wasn't sure if I would be able to handle extra-curriculars as well. As a result, I feel as though I missed out on a lot of opportunities that I would have enjoyed and friendships that I would have made. Now, however, I am involved in so many ways on campus and I constantly seek out more opportunities. Although this makes me much busier, it causes me to be much more efficient with my time. More importantly, it gives me a break from my studies and allows me to participate in activities that I love.

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

At University of Portland, there is a real sense of community, compassion, and passion. Students who go here care about their...

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

At University of Portland, there is a real sense of community, compassion, and passion. Students who go here care about their peers, and have the drive and desire to accomplish their life goals. You can't feel alone on this campus; everywhere you walk, you are likely to run into a familiar, or at least friendly, face, whether it be a friend, a classmate, a professor, or other faculty.

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

If I could tell my high school self one thing, it would to never be afraid to be open, to be vulnerable, to new experiences. Coming from high school, where people tended to have a specific group of friends and acitivities, it can be overwhelming to come to college, where there are hundreds of opportunities. But all those opportunities are for growth; they can help you to learn so much about yourself. It's ok to try new activities, and not hang out with the same people all the time. Do the things you love, and show love and appreciation for your friends, but never be afraid or closed off to new chances. You can never know whether a new club, a new set of people, or even a class that is out of your major or comfort zone can affect your worldview, your identity, and your life in a positive way.

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

I love to tell them how genuine people are at my school. People that I don't even know go out of their way to help not only me but others in the UP community. There's an openess to other people that I don't think you always get at other schools. I am constantly meeting and learning amazing things from new people on my campus.

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

Dear past self. I know what you're thinking: how on Earth can I be talking to my future self? But just listen for a moment, b...

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

Dear past self. I know what you're thinking: how on Earth can I be talking to my future self? But just listen for a moment, because this is important. First semester of college is going to be tough, but don't give up. Remember that you're doing this for you, not your parents. They love you very much but they aren't always right and they don't always know what's best for you. Just focus on doing your best- and it doesn't matter if they think your best has to be an A, because it won't always be. It's okay to get B's, as long as you do your best. And only you know what your best is. As long as you're learning, mistakes aren't failures. And, most importantly, do what YOU want to do. This is about your life, your future. So don't let anyone else hold you back. Follow your dreams. You'll stumble a bit, but as long as you keep going, it's a win. So enjoy your time in college- it'll go by fast. But remember that the best is yet to come.

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

I wish that I would've known I wanted to be an environmental science major from the very beginning, and that I wanted to go into that field so I could research internships from the start.

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

It rains a lot. And I'm currently in my sixth semester here, and I have not had a non-white professor. I've only even seen one non-white professor.

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