As July fades into August and my mind begins to wander to football, I automatically begin to think of my time at Oregon State University. Our football team was horrifically awful while I was there, however, they are making up for it now! I thought I would tell the story of how I came to spend two very life changing years in Corvallis, Oregon. I took my SAT’s and I did pretty well, but I ended up going to community college first—Lane College in Eugene, Oregon because I just didn’t think I was ready to go to a four year school away from home—and it was way less expensive. I studied, ran track and met a lot of nice people, but as I ended up at the end of my time, I was ready to go to a bigger school, where I could grow more than I was growing at home. My first choice was University of Oregon. I knew the campus really well and lots of people that went there. I wanted to live on campus, however, my mom intervened. I was told under no uncertain circumstances that I would live on campus, I was going to live at home. I was bummed out. My brother went there, my mom worked near the campus and I had spent the majority of my childhood rooting for the Ducks.
About the same time, we went to Corvallis to watch a basketball game. I immediately fell in love with the campus and started researching what programs they had there for study. I was studying Early Childhood Education at Lane and they didn’t have that at U of O. I would have had to completely change my major. During my research I found that OSU had Early Childhood Ed program, so I could continue on AND move away from home. Oh yeah, the best of both worlds as far as I was concerned. I approached my mom and as I talked to her about it, she told me if I was accepted that I would be allowed to go. I quickly sent in my application and low and behold, I WAS IN!!
My time came to leave for school and I was scared to death. I didn’t know anyone that went to school there, I had been to campus once. I hadn’t even spoke to a counselor yet. What in the hell was I thinking?? I got there and started moving into my dorm with the help of some nice fraternity boys. I walked through campus to figure out where all my classes were going to be. Eventually, my roommate moved in. The roommate that I was assigned was nice, but a little strange and we had nothing in common. However, the girl across the hall, was so cool!! We both loved music, especially Duran Duran. We both watched the same soap operas. We were both athletic. After the first term we convinced our respective roommates to swap. I was so excited! We began to become inseparable and the best part, we met tons of people. I have so many great memories with these people—walking to Circle K to get Captain Crunch for a study break, going to parties and running through the park next to our dorm barefoot at midnight to get home. Going for a walk, all of us together, during a snow storm. Spodie parties cruddy football games in the pouring rain, big brothers, pizza, dorm dances…..I don’t think you really remember the study part of college, just the fun parts!! Many of the people we met we are still in contact with today—thanks to Facebook!! We still get together as much as we can.
Those way too short two years shaped the person that I was to become and those are two years I wouldn’t trade for anything. I love being a proud member of the Beaver Nation—Hail, Hail, Hail, Hail, Hail, to ole OSU!
Weatherford Hall at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. My most favorite building on campus.