Opening Days

2012 Opening Days Leader Profiles

Opening Days leaders are a diverse group representing all parts of the Willamette community in their interests and activities. They are actors and athletes, transfer and international students, Greek and independent, and represent all different ages and years of students.

The one thing these leaders all share is their desire to meet and assist new students. The leaders are carefully selected during a competitive application process in February of each academic year. After their selection, they complete a Spring Training and then return to school in August for intensive training and preparation before Opening Days begins.

Besides leading the new students during Opening Days, these leaders are also responsible for planning all the events and programs that occur during Opening Days. Every leader is a member of one of the OD committees, each responsible for planning different events.

Jump to my Opening Days group leader:
Allely Albert

Allely Albert

Year
Senior
Hometown
Mill Valley, California
Major
American Studies and French
Minor
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

All of the friendly people!

Favorite quote

"Imagine a world, like nothing you've ever seen, where everyday is an adventure. A world where you never have to grow up or grow old." - Peter Pan

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a fox because I'm quick, clever, and playful.

Domonique Alcaraz

Domonique Alcaraz

Year
Senior
Hometown
Los Angeles, California
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The Mill Stream because it bursts to life when the sun shines and all of your favorite people come out to play.

Favorite quote

"Laugh as much as you breathe and Love as long as you live."

Animal that best describes your personality

Humm... a mink! They have rich glossy coats that are brown and look silky which is similar to what most people say about my hair, haha. Most importantly they are said to be bold and ferocious (in a nice/good way) which I believe is quite true about myself.

Bianca (Beebs) Arreola

Bianca (Beebs) Arreola

Year
Senior
Hometown
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Major
Biology
Minor
Anthropology
Favorite thing about WU

Laying by the Mill Stream on a nice spring day!

Favorite quote

"Si se puede" - Gotta Kick It Up - Disney Channel Movie

Animal that best describes your personality

A puppy because they are fun, cuddly, and obviously a good buddy!

Michelle (Meesh) Atherton

Michelle (Meesh) Atherton

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Newbury Park, California
Major
Art History
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro and sitting by the Mill Stream on sunny days.

Favorite quote

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves."

Animal that best describes your personality

A koala because I'm cuddly and like to sleep.

Charlotte (Annie) Bender

Charlotte (Annie) Bender

Year
Senior
Hometown
Fairbanks, Alaska
Major
Economics
Minor
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

Opening Days. Case and point.

Favorite quote

"I wanna ditch the logical" - Eve 6

Animal that best describes your personality

If I had a choice to be an animal, I think it'd be pretty sick to be a snow leopard. You get to chill in the mountains of Asia romping around having a good time, soulds like a sweet life.

Allyson (Ally) Boland

Allyson (Ally) Boland

Year
Senior
Hometown
Napa, California
Major
History
Minor
Women and Gender Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Small community feeling.

Favorite quote

"It is our choices, that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities" - Albus Dumbledore

Animal that best describes your personality

A giraffe, because I'm tall, awkward and lanky.

Zachary (Zack) Boyden

Zachary (Zack) Boyden

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Reno, Nevada
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The political activism of the campus.

Favorite quote

"Knowledge is realizing that the street is one-way, wisdom is looking both directions anyway." - Unknown

Animal that best describes your personality

A Bear -- I may look big and scary, but I'm just a bit bumbling and slightly amused.

Lauren Branch

Lauren Branch

Year
Junior
Hometown
Salem Oregon
Major
Psychology and Politics
Favorite thing about WU

Greek Life and Women's Rugby.

Favorite quote

"There is enough love in this world for everybody, if people will just look." - Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

Animal that best describes your personality

Fennec Foxes, they are the perfect combination of fun loving and diligent.

Julia (Jewlz) Brand

Julia (Jewlz) Brand

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Kaneohe, Hawaii
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

Mill Stream, Bistro Cookies, and all the friendly people.

Favorite quote

A very wise man once told me "Fear is a Instinct, but Courage is a Choice."

Animal that best describes your personality

I would say a cat would best describe my personality because they are playful and sometimes feisty yet loyal and loving.

 Chris Buto

Chris Buto

Year
Junior
Hometown
Honolulu, Hawaii
Major
International Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The personal feel of the school and the small class sizes.

Favorite quote

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." - John Wooden

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a grizzly bear because I love big hugs and long naps.

Bethany Cardo

Bethany Cardo

Year
Senior
Hometown
Beaverton, Oregon
Major
Exercise Science
Favorite thing about WU

I love how real and down-to-earth everyone here is. The community feeling on campus is wonderful!

Favorite quote

"If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?" - T.S. Eliot

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a butterfly because to me they represent transformation and Willamette has helped transform me into the person I am now!

Elaine Carpenter

Elaine Carpenter

Year
Junior
Hometown
Reno, Nevada
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Minor
Classics
Favorite thing about WU

Bistro! And of course the wonderful opportunities which present themselves left and right.

Favorite quote

"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think"

Animal that best describes your personality

A kangaroo! Because they are fun, energetic and caring.

Cody Alexander Chasteen

Cody Alexander Chasteen

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Roseburg, Oregon
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

I love the community here.

Favorite quote

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that matters."

Animal that best describes your personality

I'd be a tiger, because they're really really cool.

Alyssa (Maka) Chee

Alyssa (Maka) Chee

Year
Senior
Hometown
Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Major
Politics with a Pre-Law Intent
Favorite thing about WU

Willamette Academy

Favorite quote

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein

Animal that best describes your personality

A dolphin because I love the ocean, I'm friendly and outgoing and I'm always happy.

Colin Chin

Colin Chin

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Oakland, California
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

Bistro, Greek Life

Favorite quote

"Seek to understand the root. It is futile to argue as to which single leaf, which design of a branch, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root, you will understand all its blossoming." - Bruce Lee

Animal that best describes your personality

A sloth, because they love warm weather, "hanging out" and they always have a smile on their face.

Deanna Choy

Deanna Choy

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Aiea, Hawaii
Major
Music Education
Favorite thing about WU

The people. The people you will meet are all very nice and make WU like a second home. They are very supportive and encouraging.

Favorite quote

"When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable." - Walt Disney

Animal that best describes your personality

A Panda! I love pandas! They are lazy, sleep and eat, but still have fun in the sun! They are also very cute!

Scott Clardy

Scott Clardy

Year
Senior
Hometown
Ilwaco, Washington
Major
Theatre
Favorite thing about WU

The deep level of community that extends beyond just the students; both faculty and staff.

Favorite quote

"Risk, Fail, Risk Again"

Animal that best describes your personality

Owl: both majestic and wise.

Nathan Combs

Nathan Combs

Year
Senior
Hometown
Vashon Island, Washington
Major
Film Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Professors are amazing and go out of their way to forge personal connections to students. Students are all welcoming and friendly and create a great atmosphere on campus and off.

Favorite quote

"Suits are full of joy. They're the sartorial equivalent of a baby's smile ..." - Barney Stinson

Animal that best describes your personality

Koala

Jeffrey (Jeff) Cooke

Jeffrey (Jeff) Cooke

Year
Senior
Hometown
Bakersfield, California
Major
Art History
Favorite thing about WU

The wonderful people! All of the students, professors, and staff really are committed to fulfilling the university's motto "Not unto ourselves alone are we born."

Favorite quote

"It is no small matter to develop the noble out of the commonplace, the beautiful from the formless." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Animal that best describes your personality

I am like a cat, calm and cool.

Taylor Cooksy

Taylor Cooksy

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Cameron Park, California
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The atmosphere created when the sun comes out. All of the students flood out to the Mill Stream and you can feel the joy in the air.

Favorite quote

"It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright" - Stephen King

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a sting ray, they swim all day free to explore a beautiful world.

Karla Corrales

Karla Corrales

Year
Senior
Hometown
Norwalk, Connecticut
Major
Spanish
Minor
Theatre
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro and its amazing cookies!!!

Favorite quote

"Never Lie, Steal, Cheat, or Drink. but If You Must Lie, Lie in the Arms of the One You Love. If You Must Steal, Steal Away from Bad Company. If You Must Cheat, Cheat Death and If You Must Drink, Drink in the Moments That Take Your Breath Away."

Animal that best describes your personality

Sugar glider, because I have a huge sweet tooth and I like the night time more than the day time!!

Jordan (Jo) Crownover

Jordan (Jo) Crownover

Year
Senior
Hometown
Huntington Beach, California & Astoria, Oregon
Major
International Studies and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The welcoming community -- students, professors, and faculty alike.

Favorite quote

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chairs, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mendela

Animal that best describes your personality

I'd be an otter because they are silly, playful, and get along with other otters.

Marshall Curry

Marshall Curry

Year
Senior
Hometown
Springfield, Oregon
Major
Sociology
Minor
Chemistry
Favorite thing about WU

The opportunity to learn at such a high level with peers who are just as excited about it.

Favorite quote

"My mauff's bleedin' Bert! My Mauff's bleedin'!"

Animal that best describes your personality

Rhino, I like to charge into things, but I have terrible eyesight.

Laura Curtis

Laura Curtis

Year
Senior
Hometown
Sisters, Oregon
Major
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

The trees

Favorite quote

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't --you're right" - Henry Ford

Animal that best describes your personality

A fox ... the reasons are self-explanatory.

Dustin Daniel

Dustin Daniel

Year
Senior
Hometown
Keizer, Oregon
Major
Archaeology
Favorite thing about WU

The people!

Favorite quote

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams

Animal that best describes your personality

Teddy Bear. Self-Explanatory

Rachel Dierken

Rachel Dierken

Year
Senior
Hometown
Missoula, Montana
Major
English
Minor
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

Never-ending supply of smiles from everyone!

Favorite quote

"A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself." - A.A. Milne

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a tuxedo cat; I'm curious, I've got the classy as well as the spazzy thing down, and I love taking naps!

Hannah Duncan

Hannah Duncan

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Winston, Oregon
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about Willamette is the Bistro, the sense of community, and how full of history and traditions Willamette is!

Favorite quote

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." - Albus Dumbledore

Animal that best describes your personality

I would choose a monkey because they live in groups and I love to socialize! They're also known for being comical and I love making people laugh!

Alexa Dunn

Alexa Dunn

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Sacramento, California
Major
International Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Despite the small size of campus, there are a lot of different people to meet.

Favorite quote

"Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes."

Animal that best describes your personality

An owl! They are very contemplative and wise, and I strive to be that way. Plus, more than any other animal in cartoons, they wear glasses and look sophisticated. I feel like my glasses also make me sophisticated, when I actually wear them.

Brendan Dwyer

Brendan Dwyer

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Littleton, Colorado
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The faculty -- all of the professors I've had are all brilliant and passionate people.

Favorite quote

"Madness, as you know, is like gravity. All you need is a little push" - The Joker from The Dark Knight

Animal that best describes your personality

A wolf. I have a close group of friends. I like to think things through, but I can also be very spontaneous and creative. I'm also proud, intelligent, and enjoy competitions.

Matthew (Matt) Erny

Matthew (Matt) Erny

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Reno, Nevada
Major
Biochemistry
Favorite thing about WU

The small class sizes and the weather.

Favorite quote

"Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out."

Animal that best describes your personality

Penguin because I am funny and they are funny looking.

Isabel (Bella) Feibert

Isabel (Bella) Feibert

Year
Junior
Hometown
Ontario, Oregon
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

Laying by the Mill Stream when it is sunny.

Favorite quote

"If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!" - Peter Pan

Animal that best describes your personality

Golden Retriever because I'm loyal, energetic and love people.

Kyle (K-Flowe) Flowers

Kyle (K-Flowe) Flowers

Year
Junior
Hometown
Seaside, Oregon
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

I love seeing the same people constantly around Willamette, and meeting people is just so easy because of it. I love the small community feel that Willamette creates.

Favorite quote

"I don't really know how to put this, but ...I'm kind of a big deal ... People know me." - Ron Burgandy

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a black bear, because I'm super nice, I love wandering around to meet people, and am super friendly to everyone I see! But most importantly, I love to sleep!

Anna Fredendall

Anna Fredendall

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Atlanta, Georgia
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The people!!

Favorite quote

"You're only given spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." - Robin Williams

Animal that best describes your personality

A red panda because they are cuddly, energetic, and just generally ridiculous.

Sarah Fuller

Sarah Fuller

Year
Junior
Hometown
Walla Walla, Washington
Major
Psychology and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The small-school, 'everybody knows everybody' feeling.

Favorite quote

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of one, it's too dark to read."

Animal that best describes your personality

I think I would be a lion ... because most of the time I just go with the flow (and I like to sleep) but when I need to be in charge I can be!

Hannah Gandsey

Hannah Gandsey

Year
Senior
Hometown
Oakland, California
Major
Psychology
Minor
Women's Gender Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The PEOPLE, all so friendly and welcoming.

Favorite quote

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a puppy. I am energetic, good with people, loyal, and friendly.

Marin Grey

Marin Grey

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Junction City, Oregon
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The people and the overall friendliness of campus. the students are unique and you encounter, a little bit of everything here.

Favorite quote

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

Animal that best describes your personality

Monday. I'm fun-loving, curious, cuddly, loyal and like to be challenged.

Ginny Hodges

Ginny Hodges

Year
Senior
Hometown
San Francisco, California
Major
Classical Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The small class sizes which allows for great relationships with professors.

Favorite quote

"A day without laughter is a day wasted" - Charlie Chaplin

Animal that best describes your personality

A blue fish on the great barrier reef in Australia named Dory.

Aya Iijima

Aya Iijima

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Tokyo, Japan
Major
American Studies
Favorite thing about WU

WU students are very friendly!!

Favorite quote

"Willamette is great place to have fun!"

Animal that best describes your personality

Dog!

Erica Jensen

Erica Jensen

Year
Senior
Hometown
Shoreline, Washington
Major
Environmental Science
Favorite thing about WU

All of the wonderful people, Wulapalooza, and spring Preview day activities ;)

Favorite quote

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars." - Jack Kerouac

Animal that best describes your personality

A wombat: I'm mainly crepuscular, you can always tell where I've been, and I "treat fences as minor inconveniences to be gone through or under."

Kayla Johnson

Kayla Johnson

Year
Senior
Hometown
Onalaska, Washington
Major
Biology
Minor
Chemistry
Favorite thing about WU

The Community.

Favorite quote

"I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being -- forgiving me -- rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger." - Albus Dumbledore

Animal that best describes your personality

Ewok--because I'm tiny but ferocious.

Katy Kaszubinski

Katy Kaszubinski

Year
Senior
Hometown
Los Altos, California
Major
Exercise Science
Favorite thing about WU

Beautiful springtime when every flower is blossoming and every student is out sunbathing by the Mill Stream.

Favorite quote

"If you're not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original" - Ken Robinson

Animal that best describes your personality

Dog! having a tail would be amazing, I'm down to just hanging out with people I love and it would be awesome to nap whenever AND where ever I wanted.

Kelsey Kinavey

Kelsey Kinavey

Year
Senior
Hometown
Reno, Nevada
Major
Music and English
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro and hanging out by the Mill Stream with friends on a sunny day.

Favorite quote

"Friends are the family we choose for ourselves" - Edna Buchanan

Animal that best describes your personality

A lion! Because I am strong and take care of the people I am with.

Kayla Kosaki

Kayla Kosaki

Year
Senior
Hometown
Hilo, Hawaii
Major
Psychology
Minor
Classical Studies
Favorite thing about WU

I love WU because everyone is so friendly and it makes for an amazing community.

Favorite quote

"If you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done before. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."

Animal that best describes your personality

An otter, because it's adorable and fun-loving and loves to swim ... me in a nutshell.

Emily Larkin

Emily Larkin

Year
Senior
Hometown
Minneapolis, Minnisota
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Minor
Film and Arts/Technology/Multimedia
Favorite thing about WU

THE PEOPLE. Everybody is awesome in their own way, and I feel comfortable talking to anybody.

Favorite quote

"If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It's not a waste of time" - Michael Giacchino

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a puppy. I am friendly, energetic, and love to play and cuddle. I learn quickly and am loyal to those I care about.

Zander Le Bel

Zander Le Bel

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Dallas, Texas
Major
Undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The people here are amazing!

Favorite quote

"You me or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain't about how hard you hit, its about hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward."

Animal that best describes your personality

Dolphin, because I'm friendly, kind and I love swimming.

August (Gus) Lee

August (Gus) Lee

Year
Junior
Hometown
Roseville, Minnesota
Major
Anthropology
Favorite thing about WU

I love the community of Willamette and how close everyone is with each other, it really makes you feel like you are welcomed and wanted.

Favorite quote

"From the heaven I've had to the hell I've been through, I'm always coming back home to you."

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a polar bear, because I LOVE the snow, I love giving hugs, and I'm protective of those who are close to me.

Krista Leonard

Krista Leonard

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Gresham, Oregon
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The small community

Favorite quote

"Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself" - George Bernard Shaw

Animal that best describes your personality

Hyena because they are always laughing with a loud and obnoxious laugh which basically describes my laugh and voice.

Hannah Levy

Hannah Levy

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Scotts Valley, California
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

Getting a Barz Bar at the Bistro after finishing classes!

Favorite quote

"Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me." - Michael Scott

Animal that best describes your personality

Squirrel! They're motivated, love to eat, and (if they live on Willamette's campus) they're friendly!

Yi Liang (梁乙)

Yi Liang (梁乙)

Year
Senior
Hometown
Ningbo, China
Major
Economics and Mathematics
Favorite thing about WU

Cherry blossoms.

Favorite quote

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney

Animal that best describes your personality

Mayfly. Mayfly is an insect whose adult is short-lived, from a few minutes to a few days depending on species. I am a perfectionist. In the limited time, I always try to do my best.

Alexandra (Alex) Maresh

Alexandra (Alex) Maresh

Year
Senior
Hometown
Portland, Oregon
Major
Philosophy and French
Favorite thing about WU

Sense of community, I feel supported and encouraged to pursue my interests.

Favorite quote

"I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity" - Simone de Beauvoir

Animal that best describes your personality

Hummingbird, because i try to remain optimistic and find the beauty in every situation.

Taylor Mason

Taylor Mason

Year
Junior
Hometown
Prospect, Oregon
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The Star Trees; the social life and wonderful people here, freedom.

Favorite quote

"An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind."

Animal that best describes your personality

Sloth in the middle of a case of Red Bull. Take that as you will.

Lindsay McHugh

Lindsay McHugh

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Los Altos, California
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The endless amount of opportunities you have to get involved!

Animal that best describes your personality

A puppy, because I'm full of energy and love to play!

Brigit Miller

Brigit Miller

Year
Senior
Hometown
Olympia, Washington
Major
Chemistry
Minor
Spanish and Physics
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro, great professors, great people, and an all around positive atmosphere on campus.

Favorite quote

"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you have for sure." - Oprah

Animal that best describes your personality

I would choose a lioness because I am strong-willed and independent.

Jennie Miller

Jennie Miller

Year
Junior
Hometown
Oakland, California
Major
English & International Studies
Favorite thing about WU

How friendly everyone -- students, teachers, and staff -- all are!

Favorite quote

"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people." - Thomas Mann

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be an orca! They are beautiful creatures that travel in tight-knit groups and communicate through song. Plus they live in the ocean, and I love the ocean.

Andrew (Drew) Mittendorf

Andrew (Drew) Mittendorf

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Beaverton, Oregon
Major
Politics and Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

All of the student led activities and chances to get involved!

Favorite quote

"If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking." - Zen Proverb

Animal that best describes your personality

I would say a dog because I am loyal, playful, full of energy, and most of all because i am mans best friend!

Stephan Nguyen

Stephan Nguyen

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Tigard, Oregon
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

Being able to do what I like and finding people who enjoy the same quirky things as I do.

Favorite quote

"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming" - Dory, Finding Nemo

Animal that best describes your personality

A dolphin because I love to help and care for others and being around people.

Keegan Nitz

Keegan Nitz

Year
Senior
Hometown
Aurora, Colorado
Major
International Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The size and the sense of community.

Favorite quote

"The great things about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been." - Madeline L'Engle

Animal that best describes your personality

I'm a sea otter. I don't know why, I've never met a sea otter before. But that's what I've been told. I like dogs and geese though.

Zach Oseran

Zach Oseran

Year
Junior
Hometown
Issaquah, Washington
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

Community and Professors

Favorite quote

"The only way around is through" - Robert Frost

Animal that best describes your personality

Honey Badger - I take what I want.

Kelly Rose Oster

Kelly Rose Oster

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Windsor, California
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The community; everyone is super nice.

Favorite quote

"We're all a little weird, and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours we join up with them and fall into a mutual weirdness and call it Love." - Anonymous

Animal that best describes your personality

I think I am like a butterfly: I'm bright and cheerful and love the sunshine! I like to watch butterflies flit from flower to flower--it looks like dancing, which I love to do.

Nicole Piechocki

Nicole Piechocki

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Reno, Nevada
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The people and professors, of course!

Favorite quote

"Too much of a good thing is wonderful" - Mae West

Animal that best describes your personality

A peacock, because I too pay close attention to "de tail."

Sean James Piper

Sean James Piper

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Seattle, Washington
Major
Economics and Politics
Favorite thing about WU

The Greek community and the engaging classes and professors.

Favorite quote

"There is more to life than being really really ridiculously good looking" - Derek Zoolander

Animal that best describes your personality

A shark because they are driven, strong, and resilient and also than I would have a whole week dedicated to me on TV.

Gabi Rasmussen

Gabi Rasmussen

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Gaston, Oregon
Major
International Studies and English
Favorite thing about WU

I love, love, love the language learning Center!

Favorite quote

"It doesn't always make sense to me, but when ambiguities such as grace and love manifest themselves, I'm moved by the clarity they bring." - Laura Durham

Animal that best describes your personality

My animal would be a cat -- I'm a people person, sometimes feisty, and good at reading vibes!

Brandon Richards

Brandon Richards

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Seattle, Washington
Major
Political Science
Favorite thing about WU

That everyone fits in (acceptance of others)

Favorite quote

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

Animal that best describes your personality

Golden Retriever because i am a very loyal friend and love being around other people. I also love having a good time and playing games.

Nicolette Rickert

Nicolette Rickert

Year
Senior
Hometown
Templeton, California
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

The personal relationships you build with professors.

Favorite quote

"THIS IS WAR, PEACOCK" - Colonel Mustard (Clue)

Animal that best describes your personality

A rabbit because I am timid, cuddly, and fast.

Emmanuel (Manny) Rodriguez

Emmanuel (Manny) Rodriguez

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Toppenish, Washington
Major
Exercise Science
Favorite thing about WU

Classes, I can still feel connected to my culture through being involved in organizations and building solidarity with others.

Favorite quote

"Unshakeable faith is faith that has been shaken."

Animal that best describes your personality

A giraffe. They have a keen eyesight meaning they can keep an eye on their neighbors even at a distance, and I like to think that I'm the type of person who looks out for his close friends. Also, giraffes live busy lives (searching for food and whatnot) and I would definitely describe myself as someone with a high metabolism for productivity!

Monique Rodriguez

Monique Rodriguez

Year
Junior
Hometown
Carbondale, Colorado
Major
Studio Art
Minor
Environmental Studies
Favorite thing about WU

I love the atmosphere that is generated at WU. Students take their studies seriously but there is a relaxed atmosphere that is unique among private liberal arts schools. I really enjoy it and I really enjoy the people that decide to attend WU and help to create the wonderful atmosphere there.

Favorite quote

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." Unknown

Animal that best describes your personality

Jellyfish

Diana Sapera

Diana Sapera

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
San Diego, California
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

There's a club for everyone and always a way to get involved on campus.

Favorite quote

"Things happen for a reason."

Animal that best describes your personality

It would be a white tiger. Why a white tiger? Well since I have moved up to Oregon I lost my San Diego tan, but still have my feisty, playful, strong character.

Kendra Schaffer

Kendra Schaffer

Year
Senior
Hometown
Veneta, Oregon
Major
Anthropology
Favorite thing about WU

The people, being a part of the XC team, working at the Bistro! Wulapalooza

Favorite quote

"it's not the destination that matters, but the journey taken to get there."

Animal that best describes your personality

A zebra. Unique, crazy, and one of a kind.

Jacob Simonson

Jacob Simonson

Year
Junior
Hometown
Fairview, Oregon
Major
Economics and Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The environment, in example my fraternity.

Favorite quote

"A good friend will be there to bail you out of jail anytime anywhere. A best friend will be in there with you saying, 'what'd we just do? That was awesome."

Animal that best describes your personality

A Liger. Self-explanatory.

Jeff Sirginson (Surge)

Jeff Sirginson (Surge)

Year
Junior
Hometown
Anaconda, Montana
Major
Biochemistry
Favorite thing about WU

Star Trees

Favorite quote

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller

Animal that best describes your personality

A dog, because I'm loyal, happy, and I have a very keen nose.

Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith

Year
Senior
Hometown
Gresham, Oregon
Major
Theatre and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

Walking barefoot in the Mill Stream on a hot day, Goudy lunches, the awesome faculty and staff.

Favorite quote

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

Animal that best describes your personality

Fox, because they're clever and like to play (harmless) pranks.

Colleen Smyth

Colleen Smyth

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Portland, Oregon
Major
History
Favorite thing about WU

The diversity in activities is awesome - there's something exciting for everyone to do.

Favorite quote

"Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about." - Oscar Wilde

Animal that best describes your personality

A maiasaura because they are considered one of the most maternal and intelligent dinosaurs.

Jeremy Sobocinski

Jeremy Sobocinski

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Eagle River, Alaska
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The energy around campus on a sunny day.

Favorite quote

"An excellent man; he has no enemies; and non of his friends like him." - Oscar Wilde

Animal that best describes your personality

A bear because I would love to sleep away the winters. Also, I live in Alaska.

Connor (Treble Clef) Soejoto

Connor (Treble Clef) Soejoto

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Auburn, California
Major
Music Education
Favorite thing about WU

The almost limitless opportunities available to me each day and the amazing friends that have become my new family.

Favorite quote

"Makub." - The Alchemist

Megan Stahl

Megan Stahl

Year
Senior
Hometown
Eagle River, Alaska
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Mint chocolate chip cookies from the Bistro make any day better!

Favorite quote

"Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much." - Blaise Pascal

Animal that best describes your personality

A unicorn, because they are sparkly -- just like my personality!

Cara Thompson

Cara Thompson

Year
Junior
Hometown
Bainbridge island, Washington
Major
Art and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

Falling leaves and friendly people.

Favorite quote

"How many times have I told you not to burn the toast."

Animal that best describes your personality

I am a llama and have always been one.

Anna Walling

Anna Walling

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Salem, Oregon
Major
Rhetoric & Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The friendly atmosphere all around the Willamette community.

Favorite quote

"Always think everything through, so there are no surprises when you get done." -Greg Walling

Animal that best describes your personality

Golden Retriever

Jenny Warren

Jenny Warren

Year
Senior
Hometown
Medford, Oregon
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

Study Abroad opportunities: I am in Thailand for Spring term 2012!

Favorite quote

"For small creatures such as we the vastness is only bearable through love." - Carl Sagan

Animal that best describes your personality

An orca: I like to sing, I'm big on community-building, and I starred in a 1990's kid movie. (Okay, 2 of those are true.)

Tana Watanabe

Tana Watanabe

Year
Junior
Hometown
Federal Way, Washington
Major
Economics
Minor
Environmental Science
Favorite thing about WU

Walking around and being able to see my friends around campus on the way to class.

Favorite quote

"You must be the change you want to see in the world" - Gandhi

Animal that best describes your personality

Kangaroo because I am energetic and protective of my friends.

Mckenzie (Macky) Weinhold

Mckenzie (Macky) Weinhold

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Placerville, California
Major
Politics
Minor
Environmental Science
Favorite thing about WU

I love the small school atmosphere and getting to know so many great people!

Favorite quote

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are poserful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us."

Animal that best describes your personality

A Golden Retriever & Siberian Husky mix because I am fun and energetic when I am around people I know, and then when I am put into a new environment with lots of cool new people, then I become super energetic and ready to to and have so many more new adventures!!

Justin Wetherell

Justin Wetherell

Year
Senior
Hometown
Anchorage, Alaska
Major
Theatre
Minor
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

I love seeing Blitz the Bearcat at all the events!

Favorite quote

"Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be an otter because I have lots of energy, I love playing games and socializing, and I am a great swimmer!

Melissa White

Melissa White

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Waimea, Hawaii
Major
English
Favorite thing about WU

The people. Without all of the amazing, wonderful people at Willamette, it would not be another home for me.

Favorite quote

"Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming." - Dory (Finding Nemo)

Animal that best describes your personality

An owl. An owl because when necessary I can blend in and watch, but most times I am energetic; think Hoothoot from Pokemon (although I don't believe I am as wise as the famed owl is).

Eve Wiggins

Eve Wiggins

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The kind and wonderful people here.

Favorite quote

"Think you've seen it all? Think again. Outside those doors, we might see anything. We could find new worlds, terrifying monsters, impossible things. And if you come with me ... nothing will ever be the same again!" - the Doctor

Animal that best describes your personality

A chimpanzee, because I love to learn, and sometimes I throw things when I get mad.

Yuto (Kevin) Yaginuma

Yuto (Kevin) Yaginuma

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Orange County, California
Major
Exercise Science
Favorite thing about WU

Beautiful campus.

Favorite quote

"Do one good thing every day"

Animal that best describes your personality

Cat, because I'm shy at first, but I warm up quickly to people.