Family Campus Tour - University of Oregon
Out of all the campus tours, this one was the most bittersweet. I have to say, I was looking forward to seeing my school most of all but as soon as I set foot on campus, I was ready to leave. My Aunt Cardie attended the University of Oregon first and then I followed behind from 2008-12.
At the time, I thought it was fun that we were sharing the same college but now, it is even more special to me. Even more meaningful was the time we spent there together when I was attending college. That post will be for another day.
Since most of the pictures are attached to a memory, I am going to write more down below underneath the images.
The building above was fairly new when I arrived. There is a lot of construction going on now so it isn't the new kid on campus anymore. I had a few classes here and it was fun to have a modern, simple classroom experience mixed in with the very old.
Our beautiful Knight Library. I spent a lot of time here. I was very picky about my studying spot so I spent a lot of time figuring out where the best places were located. This was the first place my aunt and I headed when she came for the weekend to help me come up with a studying plan.
Aunt Cardie's favorite spot on campus was the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Not only did she love the museum itself but she loved the adjoining cafe.
Campus tours are thirsty work.
The Erb Memorial Union (EMU for short) was the biggest change by far that I noticed from the six years that I've been gone. I didn't spend a ton of time at the student union after being a freshman but I think I would have after the renovations. Oh my word. In general, the bare bones of the building were kept in tact. It looks like there was an addition added on to the back to accommodate all of the clubs and organizations. I'm actually glad they kept the old building but made everything on the inside fresh and new.
I stood in front of this sign, oh, an hour before the start of formal recruitment began when I joined a sorority. I was so nervous that I was going to miss something, I got up unnecessarily early and took the trek from my dorm room to Columbia Hall. I also had quite a few classes in this building. I couldn't believe that the inside changed. The old, wood, creaky seats were replaced with sleek black ones and the room had an overall facelift.
Phoebe waiting for wrestling tryouts. Nobody tell her she is at the wrong building.
Phoebe standing in front of the building centered around my major. I chose Psychology late in the game (according to school standards) and even though this building was dedicated to the Psychology department, I didn't really spend much time here. Psych 101 sucked me in and Stats and Child Psychology made me want to run in the other direction. In the end, I think it provided me with a good foundation for critical thinking and knowledge about people. I love anything that has to do with the brain and people's history.
I'm not 100% sure if this is the building where my aunt specifically studied but Friendly Hall, when I attended, was dedicated to Foreign Languages. My aunt graduated with a degree in French. She spent one college year in France and was a huge influence when it came to me deciding to study abroad in Italy for a term. My ability to soak up the Italian language was about as successful as a snail becoming a NASCAR driver but exploring Italy was definitely one of the highlights of my time in college.
This very charm free, cement building was where my aunt first stayed as a freshman and then I did in 2008 when I arrived. My aunt didn't know until we pulled up to the building for my move in weekend because the name changed over the years. I wouldn't be surprised if, when she was a freshman, she found a way to get herself assigned to a room on the top floor. She loved a good view. I ,on the other hand, got the first floor. Womp. Staring at the parking lot. At least it was off the ground floor. What it lacked in view, it made up for in room size. My dorm building had some of the biggest rooms on campus. My roommate and I had a large closet, our own bathroom and a decent sized space between our two beds - along with two desks and a mini fridge on the far side of the room. There was a cafeteria style dining area on the first floor and a very large community area with a TV, couches and some games. We also had the pleasure of being neighbors with a lot of the athletes. The building itself was a little off campus but allowed me to have a some separation from the chaos of the other dorms that were in the middle of everything.
My sophomore, junior and senior year were spent in the house above. I became a Gamma Phi Beta member early 2009 and got the honor of living and being a part of an organization that has been around for over 100 years. I'm sure the inside of this house has changed but I didn't have the guts to go up and knock. I stood on that front stoop and yelled potential members names when it was their turn to come up and talk to me during recruitment. That was not my forte and my least favorite part of being in a sorority but walking up to this house every day was high on the list of cool things. So many other women before me had done the same thing and stared at the same home while they were attending the University of Oregon and it felt special to be a part of that. And my love of old homes made it extra meaningful to come back to this beauty after class. I was very lucky to live here.