When I was growing up I had always gone to public schools. So, when I arrived at UP and learned that we were granted not just a fall break, not just a Thanksgiving break, not just a winter break, and not just a spring break, but also an Easter break, I thought that it was awesome. Easter break consists of getting Good Friday and Easter Monday off from class – essentially an extended weekend. I spent this time catching up on school work, relaxing, and hiking Silver Creek Falls with my girlfriend, Meme, and my parents. It was an amazing place to see since it consists of 10 waterfalls that one can hike around to in one day (see photo). I love the outdoors and this experience was much needed for me. I would recommend trying to hike and see the Oregon wilderness around Portland in your time at UP.
The other neat thing that happened during Easter Break was that our very own women’s soccer team took the field against Portland’s newest women’s professional soccer team, the Portland Thorns, for a friendly exhibition. The Thorns actually have three former UP athletes on their team! Merlo Field was packed and the people were given quite the game to watch (see photo). Unfortunately, our Pilots lost to the Thorns 2-1 (although it could have easily been 2-2). However, that is very respectable considering the fact that the Thorns are predicted to be the best team in the League. Our girls really held their own against much older and more experienced players. Everyone was proud of their performance and I personally got very excited about the potential of these girls next year. UP is women’s soccer crazy and this shows why. It also helps that we have led the nation in average attendance at women’s soccer games every year since 2005 (wow!).
Much more recently, on a random weekend, I decided to take Meme out on a date to something I enjoy that I would like for her to enjoy too: hockey. I managed to get us seats at the glass (front row) right behind the team bench (see photo). It was an important one too as the Winterhawks were in the playoffs against the best teams in their league. It was quite the experience and I had never sat so close to a hockey game before either. We were able to see every detail: every goal, trip, drop of sweat, and emotion. Unfortunately, we were not able to bang on the glass since we were right behind the team bench. We also enjoyed some wonderful “non-organic and gluten-filled” donuts from the Rose Garden. Luckily, the Winterhawks won 3-0 and we both enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Last big thing, Founder’s Day is coming up here at UP. For some, it is a random Tuesday that they have off from class. But, for others it is the culmination of their academic career. To elaborate, we get this Tuesday off and dozens of presentations are held on campus of students’ capstones, research, and other academic pursuits. All students are encouraged to attend (sometimes required to attend) the presentations to support our peers and celebrate all that they have accomplished. Founder’s Day is something that I have always looked forward to.
Last time I talked about the election on campus. Unfortunately, I was not the winner and will no longer be able to return to politics. But, that does not mean that I would not encourage you all to get as involved as you can. For me, it is on to bigger and better things now.
Now we are coming down the home stretch and are almost done with the school year. Summer… is… just… so… close. But, between summer and myself is: a quiz, a midterm, four papers, a group project, and two final exams. I hope that I can make it.
I know many of you are receiving college acceptance letters now. Good luck with your decision (hint: UP is the best choice that I have ever made).