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Through New Eyes

Hello world! Well this week has been an especially rainy one here on the bluff, but despite all the rain, spring is really starting to show. Cherry blossom trees are blooming, other flowers are starting to bloom, and thankfully all the rain provides very green grass! Last week I had three exams so I was pretty busy with that, plus we scheduled classes! I'm actually really looking forward to my classes next year. This weekend I went to a Bluffoons improv show, and it was wonderful! They did a great job!

So this weekend I had some family visit me from California and they were so excited to see UP! They really enjoyed the experience, and it was actually a great experience for me because I got to see the campus through new eyes. I was able to really take in all that UP has to offer, which I realize, is a lot. Everywhere you turn there are flyers and posters, offering new experiences to those who are interested. There are tons of clubs, speakers coming to campus, opportunities for retreats, and weekly activities. There is honestly no good reason to ever be bored on campus; there is so much to do! 

Seeing the campus through someone else's eyes was a valuable experience because I was able to see the beauty, and the opportunity that the campus is built on. Not only do we have amazing academics and professors, but there is also a energy in the community that survives despite the dreary weather. I had started to lose sight of that energy, but showing someone else the campus made me open my eyes to it once again.

As my first year is winding down (a little over a month!) I'm starting to look back on everything I've learned this year. Of course I've learned an immeasurable amount academically, but I've also learned a lot about what it means to be responsible and independent. This year has flown by, but there's still time left. I can't wait to see what this final month brings me!

Tip 9: Bring some sort of stress relieving activity to college with you. For example, I have a box of crayons for those times when I just need to do something simple and relaxing. It helps so much!

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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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