May 31, 2010 - 11:45 PM
As graduation is approaching, there are so many things I am quickly realizing I will miss. The first and most important is all of the amazing people I have met while at Oregon. I have made some of my best friends over the past four years-friends I now consider family. There is something special about friends who come to your house for holidays, are available 24-7 if you ever need them, and who would do anything for you. I already know that a few of these friends will be in my wedding party when that time comes.
There is so much more I am going to miss about campus. Since campus has been my home for the last four years, I have so many memories that I will never forget. I know this campus like the back of my hand, and will really miss it. Here are some of my favorite places on campus that I know I will return to:
(1) Autzen Stadium: Although it is across the river from campus, this is probably the biggest Oregon landmark I will miss. So many of my Saturday afternoons have been spent at this stadium cheering on my ducks-sometimes in beautiful sunny weather and sometimes in the pouring down rain. I was at Autzen during the infamous Oklahoma-Oregon controversial on-side kick that lead to a last minute victory for the ducks. I was at Autzen when the God-like USC team was taken down from their thrown on Halloween night with a record setting 47-20 score. I was at Autzen when, for the first time in 15 years, Oregon became the Pac-10 champs and prepared for their trip to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl. I love Autzen stadium and I love my ducks! I know I will be back many more times to cheer on my team.
(2) Lillis Business Complex: Although many stressful evenings have occurred here, there have also been so many great memories that make Lillis one of my favorite places on campus. It is a beautiful building, and I am lucky to be able to call it my second home. In Lillis, I have learned and experienced so much about the business world. Every time I step foot in this building, I learn something new. I have overcome my fear of public speaking, completed and turned in more group projects and business plans than I can count, and attended my weekly Alpha Kappa Psi business meeting here. It will be a huge change not walking into this building every day after I graduate. I will really miss it.
(3) My Thoughtful Spot: There is a spot on campus that many people do not know about. It is tucked in behind Lawrence Hall near 11th Avenue and is a place I discovered within my first week of school. At this spot, there is a small bench surrounded by trees. It is usually very quiet and secluded, and a place where I often go when I need a moment or two to myself. As a child I really loved Winnie the Pooh, and therefore named this spot my Thoughtful Spot (after a theme in the books). College is very stressful, and I love having a spot where I can go without running into classmates, professors, roommates, or friends to reflect and relax for a few minutes.
(4) Rennie's: Rennie's is one of the few bars located right next to campus. Rennie's is by far my favorite, and I have spent many nights hanging out with my friends here. Rennie's is where I had my first (legal) drink on my 21st birthday, and since then has always been the go-to spot whenever my classmates and I finish a project (or a paper, or a final, or sometimes just finishing a Wednesday). And, unfortunately, where most of my disposable income has gone for the last year. If I were to have a bar "where everybody knows my name", this would be it.
(5) My first apartment: I lived in the dorms for the first two years here at the University (once as a freshman and once as a Resident Assistant). After that, I decided I needed to move out of the dorms and have my own apartment. My roommate and I have been here for two years. Since this was my first experience out on my own, it has been a huge learning experience. For example, lesson number one is always bring your keys with you when you leave the apartment. Lesson number two is to always do the dishes unless you want your apartment to smell like whatever you ate last night. Lesson number three is to not leave your hot water running when you leave the house (unless you want to deal with the $100 electric bill). I could go on for a very long time, but I think you get the point. Although this apartment has brought its fair share of stress (with fleas, mold, leaking ceilings, and broken windows), it will always be remembered as my first home!