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Living in Portland

Though moving down to Portland was an adjustment for me, I’ve grown to enjoy living in the city. There are many places to visit and many things to do.

One of my good friends happened to be having a birthday this week and so we went to Mississippi Pizza to celebrate with other friends and her family. I just have to say that I enjoyed the quality time we all spent together. We laughed, ate good pizza, heard good music, and enjoyed each others’ presence. It felt like we spent all night there because we ordered what seemed to be endless amounts of pizza, and we didn’t leave until it was all gone! It’s always good to go off campus to try different types of foods so that you don’t get bored of eating the same thing over and over again, though our cafeteria does a great job at mixing things up. Still, it’s nice to take a bite out of other places in Portland.

Another exciting thing I did over the week was go downtown. I needed some time to get away from the school atmosphere and do some shopping. My friends and I went to Pioneer Place Mall and did some shopping there. One of the advantages about shopping in Portland is that there is no sales tax, such a benefit. There are only a few other states where you can do your Christmas shopping without having to pay extra. Oh the advantages.

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Fatima Ruiz Villatoro

Name: Fatima Ruiz Villatoro

Class: Sophomore

Major: Engineering Management and Spanish


Hometown: Seattle, WA

Activities: OLE, Coffee and Catholicism, Entrepreneurship Club, College Republicans


Favorite Professor: Dr. Male

Favorite Class: EGR 110

Favorite Commons Meal:  Salmon with mashed potatoes and vegetables


Why I Chose UP: The campus was amazing and the community at this school was exactly what I wanted. I liked that my classes would be very small and I would be getting the right academic attention. I believe strongly in the mission of the school and I felt at home when I made my decision.

Favorite Thing About UP:  Close enough to home that I can go for a weekend, come back and not be totally exhausted. There are so many things to do in Portland and I like that we have a lot of studies abroad opportunities.


Advice for Prospective Students: Visit the school; you don't know what you're getting yourself into until you truly experience it.

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