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Happy sunny, beautiful, and all around magnificent Sunday to you all! On the Bluff it is about 80 degrees, and currently Villa is having some sort of strength competition that I will be checking out when I'm done writing. From my room I can also hear the baseball team warming up and there isn't a cloud in the sky. I think that Portland is celebrating Earth Day and I absolutely love it! 

This weather is coming at a perfect time because I'm gearing up for Dead Week. I've stocked up on study food (cookies, crackers, candy, fruit), and I've organized the upcoming week to be as productive as possible. Or at least I hope so. Last week I was able to send some of my clothes home, and that's when it hit me: the end of the year is coming! 

The way Dead Week is organized is that all students go to their normal classes, but generally professors use the time to review for the Final Exam. However, professors do continue teaching new material, which was a shock to me last semester. I feel way better prepared for the next two weeks this semester because I know what I need to do. For example, now I know that when they say the Library fills up, they are not kidding. Over the course of the year, I've also found other study areas, so if the Library is too full, I'll have other places to go. 

I'm so glad I got a taste of summer weather this weekend, it's given me the motivation to really work hard these next two weeks. Summer, here I come!

Tip 12: After taking each final, try to fit in some sort of exercise or other activity that both gets you moving and will clear your mind!

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Zoe Schmidt

Name: Zoƫ Schmidt

Class: Freshman

Major: Organizational Communications

Minor: English


Hometown: Salem, Oregon

Activities: Reading, writing, hiking, watching football, fishing, snowmobiling, and hanging out with friends.


Favorite Professor: Dr. Pitzer and Dr. Kerssen-Griep

Favorite Class: Communication studies 101

Favorite Commons Meal: Grilled cheese with French fries and chocolate milk


Why I Chose UP: I chose UP because of the small campus and welcoming community. Also, everyone is so nice here! It doesn't hurt that the women's soccer team is totally amazing either.

Favorite Thing About UP: The campus. Especially in the spring time when the cherry blossoms are blooming.


Advice for Prospective Students: Make sure you visit campus and try to meet some professors and students. It will give you a real feel for just how close this campus is.


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