Why Go? Here's What Oregon College Students Have to Say

Why Go? Here's What Oregon College Students Have to Say

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  • Dec 14, 2020

There are many reasons to apply and go to college. We asked Oregonians to share some of their favorite things about college.


"I love the atmosphere of independence. It is really eye opening your first year being on your own. It can be hard but you meet a lot of new people and find friends that you can really connect with." Grace, Oregon Institute of Technology

"Freedom from parents." Spencer, Pacific University

"One of my favorite things about college is that there is a lot of freedom when it comes to classes, activities, and social life. There have been a bunch of things during my time in school that I probably wouldn’t have been able to do or learn if not in school." Ian, Whitworth University

New People, Places & Experiences

"I think one of the best things about college is meeting all the new people. I have met so many amazing people from all over the world even at a small liberal arts school. Another great thing about college is discovering yourself. It takes moving out of your house and into a new environment with new people to discover who you really are and what you are interested in." Auna, Willamette University

"The opportunities to travel abroad." Diana, University of Oregon

"One of the best things about college is the sense of community that you develop with people on campus after such a short period of time. College opens up a world of possibilities." Steven, Oregon State University

"So many places both on campus and off campus have late night hours of operation perfectly tailored to the college kid. Have you ever wanted a calzone at three in the morning? Because in Eugene, you can do that." Samantha, University of Oregon

Exploring Interests & Passions

"The best thing about college is that you have the chance to explore." Marissa, Rogue Community College

"One of the best things about college is the opportunity to explore and find out what you are truly passionate about. It’s hard to choose an organization or activity because there are so many options and I think it makes the college experience better because you are not limited to exploring your interest." Uber, Portland State University

"Getting to pick from a large range of classes and getting to make so many new connections with the people I meet." Brittany, Western Oregon University

All of the Above

"There are a million things about college that make it the best possible place to be." John, Willamette University

"One of the best things about college is the overall experience itself. You grow not only intellectually but also as a person. You discover more about yourself than you could imagine." Martha, Western Oregon University

Originally published September 2018.