It rains a lot in Eugene, no? Because when I was there it was, ironically, so sunny that some of the pictures turned out too bright to see anything.
So the first part of ‘campus’ that I went to was actually the football stadium–home of the Ducks!! The reason I quote ‘campus’ is just because the stadium is about a ten minute drive from the school. It was breathtakingly beautiful and huge. I was truly taken aback by how impressive it is; it felt more like a pro stadium than a collegiate one.
Seeing the stadium was actually really exciting for me because school spirit and football are such huge parts of what Oregon is. Trying to imagine myself wearing green and yellow and being part of such a powerful camaraderie is such a cool future to look forward to. It just sounds like so much fun!
I went to Oregon at the beginning of January 2013, so super recently, and I still think about it all the time. It had a very powerful and lasting effect on me so I’m really excited to walk you through my experience of taking a tour of this amazing school.
The tour met in this beautiful building called the…
It looks like this on the outside:
And this on the inside:
It’s extraordinarily beautiful and modern on the inside, however it’s also very warm and welcoming. They even had a fire for us to sit and wait by! Awwwww
Whilst warming up next to the fire, one can look up at this:
But if that doesn’t float your boat, you can mess around with these cool, high-tech, giant touch screen towers full of fun info! They’re like giant iPads!
Our tour guide was very nice, intelligent, and relaxed. She was wearing the cutest Duck head band and it actually distracted me the whole time, but that’s beside the point! The newly remodeled basketball stadium is right next to this Alumni Center and is very close to many of the dorms. You can see a glimpse of it in the third photo–tis quite nice. When you walk out of the center you see this:
The beautiful glass building is some sort of academic counseling building specifically for athletes? Something like that. Anywho! It’s absolutely magnificent and very unique.
After this building you walk down a pathway that has dorms on the left and then academic buildings on both sides. It’s a street that goes through campus, so you can get to a lot from it.
Such as this!
And this! The guide said that a lot goes on in this building like the business office and counseling/career type stuff.
This building is right across form the one above and is where psychological counseling and standardized testing is.
There was a lot of construction going on but it was still clear that the buildings are really nice. These buildings were academics and I believe this specific one is where neuroscience is.
More academics…and construction…
In addition to beautiful architecture, there is also plenty of gorgeous, natural scenery.
I mean wow!
and goodness gracious!
We got to go inside a very cool science building with an Einstein gargoyle on the outside; it was so cute! He’s there but it may be hard to see.
The inside looks like this:
I mean seriously? Seriously!? It’s so unbelievably nice!
There’s also this!
And there’s a library under there! It actually blew my mind. It’s like a cave of books.
Then we got to see a lecture hall. While in here, she told us about a course that every Freshman takes and that they each get assigned a group with an upperclassman adviser. She said that they do some really fun things with their groups and that it’s a really great way to make friends.
Rome? Colonies? Excess sunlight?
Okay I completely forgot what this building is, but geee what a beautiful day!
This building is the original college building! Ooooo history!
And this is where the very first football game was!UO played what is now Lewis & Clark College and the football was never found…ghosts? Maybe? It’s the most logical conclusion.
Then it leads to the magnificent building of business!
These are solar powering thingies, even in rainy Oregon!
Here’s the business building from the other side. It’s so majestic!
Coming out from this building you see a green quad.
Then there are more buildings!
And an art museum smack-dab on campus!
At this part of the campus, the architecture seemed to change to a more historic look. For example, here’s a library:
And here’s the, underwhelming, inside of this library:
But don’t worry because then they have this. BAM.
It’s so picturesque!
Then there’s the cafeteria/food court, which isn’t very nice looking from the outside but has a lot of good food on the inside (i.e. Panda Express).
Then there’s the student center which is where student activities, clubs, trips, and student council is. It’s very unique looking and I loved it!
The highlight of my entire tour was when my guide told us that they offered a glass blowing class…that’s literally my dream came true. I actually squealed out loud when she said that, and maybe bounced a tiny bit.
And now, the recreational center, the gym, the work out arena, the athletic facility, the sweat room!
Here are the various rooms:
Here are some small escalators:
An inside/outside wall with multicolored bumps on it:
Shiny floor with strange, bottomless baskets suspended from the ceiling:
PE and intramural field:
And now, the legendary TRACK. Where greatness happens.
Blah blah blah
Golf cart! What a wild man!
Dorms!! Look how cute the ‘O’s are!
Okay so we got to see a room but it was extremely average. One bed to the right and one bed to the left. Windows. Closets. A door. Wooohooo!
But lucky you, thanks to my fantastic photojournalism skills, I caught a picture of the bathroom.
It actually sent a wave a fear through my body.
Then we went right back to where we started because these dorms completed the circle.
Okay so go back to where the beautiful library was and pretend that you turn right. You would find a street right off campus that looks like this:
There are lots of restaurants and a Starbucks–yeeee! Very convenient. There’s also a Duck Store right there.
This is what you’d see if you looked back at the school from this point:
The layout was perfect and it’s clearly a beautiful campus. It’s obviously large (with about 20,000 students) but it didn’t feel big at all! It actually seemed very contained and manageable. To me it felt very homey and comforting. I rarely get this feeling when I go to a school but there was definitely something special about this one for me! It was exciting and very unexpected since I thought it was going to feel very generic and huge.
Furthermore, it has all the majors I’m interested in: architecture, marine bio, and neuroscience–and lot’s more. That’s one of the great things about a big school: they have more options. Something I definitely need!
I love the athletic/spirited community aspect of UO and, from what I saw, Eugene seems like a really nice place to live! However, I do wish it was closer to either the coast or Portland–it’s a couple hours from Portland and about an hour from the coast. But maybe I could buy some Nike’s and get in the best shape of my life! Maybe. No promises.
It seems to me like a really fun place to live and go to school! And with that, I will leave you with one last picture…
They’re bike racks!! DANG THEY’RE CUTE.
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