Opening Days

2010 Opening Days Leaders

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
Sophomore
Hometown
Mill Valley, California
Major
undecided
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, sly, and playful.

Manami Arai

Manami Arai

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Japan
Major
Language Communication
Favorite thing about WU

I like to eat an omelet in Goudy.

Favorite quote

Never give up!!

Animal that best describes your personality

My choice is cheerful dog. I am not shy. I am always smiling.

Halley Arneson

Halley Arneson

Year
Junior
Hometown
Kodiak, Alaska
Major
Sociology
Minor
Classics
Favorite thing about WU

How friendly everybody is.

Favorite quote

"Realize that nothing is too serious and whatever you do, it is good to do it to the best of your ability and then you don't have to worry about it" - my dad

Animal that best describes your personality

Sea otter. I live by the ocean and I love sea food/sushi

Lauren Ballinger

Lauren Ballinger

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Wenatchee, Washington
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The friendliness of the people!

Favorite quote

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" - Martin Luther King Jr.

Animal that best describes your personality

Otter, because I love the water and having fun.

Annie Bender

Annie Bender

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Fairbanks, Alaska
Major
International Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Winning at intramurals

Favorite quote

To legit to quit

Animal that best describes your personality

It would be a snow leopard because I'm out all day when the snow falls, but I sleep when there's none.

Angie Bingham

Angie Bingham

Year
Senior
Hometown
San Diego, California
Major
Russian
Minor
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

Living in the dorms - there is always stuff to do, people to see and fun to be had.

Favorite quote

"No matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself." - from Breakfast at Tiffany's

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a kangaroo - I like to jump around and have fun, but I also like to care for others.

Kali Boehle-Silva

Kali Boehle-Silva

Year
Junior
Hometown
Roseville, California
Major
English and Math
Favorite thing about WU

Running into someone I know every ten feet!

Favorite quote

"Expressing a human need, I always wanted to write a book ending with the word mayonnaise." - Richard Brautigan

Animal that best describes your personality

The tabby cat. Why: Relaxed and chill. Enjoys sleeping in the sun and pondering life's mysteries.

Laura Braithwaite

Laura Braithwaite

Year
Junior
Hometown
Palm Desert, California
Major
Economics and Politics
Favorite thing about WU

Baseball Games

Favorite quote

"When you're going through hell, just keep going" - Winston Churchill ... AND... "Fear is a friend who's misunderstood, but I know the heart of life is good." - John Mayer

Animal that best describes your personality

A Meerkat! I'm from the desert, I love Simba, and I am constantly on the go!

Stephanie Brausch

Stephanie Brausch

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Folsom, California
Major
Rhetoric/Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

That the Montag C Store is open until midnight on school nights for those awesome late night study snack attacks.

Favorite quote

"I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is."

Animal that best describes your personality

Tiger cub. Not the baby boy scouts, the actual cat. I just love to run around, play, be mischievous, and give advice like Raja in Aladdin.

Emily Bray

Emily Bray

Year
Junior
Hometown
Martinez, California
Major
English
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about Willamette is the friendly community that we're in. I love being able to walk across campus and see all my different friends everyday.

Favorite quote

"Never give up, never surrender" - Galaxy Quest

Animal that best describes your personality

If I were an animal I think I would be an echidna, because I can be a little tough on the outside, but inside I'm nice and soft, I'm full of surprises, and just a little weird.

Bethany Cardo

Bethany Cardo

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

I love how all of the professors are available and excited to talk to and help students outside of the classroom. I really feel like they care about me as an individual student and person.

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 dolphin because I am always happy and friendly. I love to be social and I also love being in the water!

Octaviano Chavarin

Octaviano Chavarin

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

Being able to run at the collegiate level is great.

Favorite quote

"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of being." - John Wooden

Animal that best describes your personality

I would say a parrot because I like to talk a lot.

Jeff Cooke

Jeff Cooke

Year
sophomore
Hometown
Bakersfield, California
Major
Chemistry
Minor
Studio Art
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro

Favorite quote

"The sea be real confusin" - Kate Beaton

Animal that best describes your personality

If I had to choose one animal to describe my personality it would be a bearcat, because they are small, friendly and smell faintly of popcorn.

Karla Corrales

Karla Corrales

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Norwalk, Connecticut
Major
Theater/Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about Willamette is that this place really does feel like home. The sense of community is so amazing and the people you meet here will really change your life.

Favorite quote

"What you dream is your own reality, what you see is someone else's dream."

Animal that best describes your personality

A bird, because they like to fly free and explore the world and that is how I am. I love exploring and being free.

Serena Cualoping

Serena Cualoping

Year
Senior
Hometown
Manila Philippines
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

The Star Trees!

Favorite quote

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create." - Albert Einstein

Animal that best describes your personality

A panda, because I love eating and sleeping!

Megan Cullinan

Megan Cullinan

Year
Junior
Hometown
Sequim, Washington
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

I like Willamette for its small size, and its friendly community. Chances are, even if you don't know someone, you'll recognize them by face, or have heard of something interesting that they've done, which I think is a pretty cool aspect of the University.

Favorite quote

"Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see." - Rene Magritte

Animal that best describes your personality

I think I could be somewhat like a squirrel. I'm a little twitchy, sometimes, but I've got a lot of energy, and I'm very good at planning ahead. I'm fun to be around, and I like climbing trees.

Laura Curtis

Laura Curtis

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

The Millstream.

Favorite quote

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable ... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Animal that best describes your personality

A lion because I like to think I am fierce and noble.

Rachel Dierken

Rachel Dierken

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Missoula, Montana
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The friendly atmosphere

Favorite quote

"Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it" - Winston Churchill

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a dolphin! They're friendly, enthusiastic and make really cool noises.

Joe Donovan

Joe Donovan

Year
Junior
Hometown
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Major
English
Favorite thing about WU

Carefree rainy days.

Favorite quote

That rug really tied the room together .... "The Big Lebowski"

Animal that best describes your personality

Could I be a Redwood? I'd love to be rooted in one place for hundreds of years, especially if I was a star tree.

Mason Dunlap

Mason Dunlap

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

I really like Willamette's small campus and student body; it really feels like a community full of awesome people.

Favorite quote

"As with life, chill for best results"

Animal that best describes your personality

I think a monkey best describes my personality because I like to keep things lighthearted and fun; I enjoy being spontaneous and funny.

Ben Gardiner

Ben Gardiner

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Palo Alto, California
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The people and conversations that I have with them.

Favorite quote

"Well, Art is Art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now uh ... you tell me what you know." - Groucho Marx

Animal that best describes your personality

A sparrow, because I am curious and inquisitive, but have the freedom to choose and the freedom to fly, but always coming back down to earth.

Ashley Gitchel

Ashley Gitchel

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Emporia, Kansas
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

Sunny days on the quad.

Animal that best describes your personality

I am a deer because I leap over streams and have the eyes of a child deer, I am docile, graceful-like, and look out for my kin.

Brian Gnerre

Brian Gnerre

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

The open, humorous, intelligent people I've met and the potential to meet many more interesting individuals.

Favorite quote

"Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered: either by themselves or by others." - Mark Twain

Animal that best describes your personality

A cat, because I can be lazy but I'm perpetually curious and rarely satisfied with things.

Andrew Gustin

Andrew Gustin

Year
Junior
Hometown
Reno, Nevada
Major
Politics and Environmental Science
Favorite thing about WU

The Mill Stream, the professors and students, and Bistro Cookies.

Favorite quote

"I used to be legit. I was too legit. I was too legit to quit, but now I'm not legit. I'm unlegit. And for that reason, I must quit." - Rob Kimble in Hot Rod

Animal that best describes your personality

A bear. Cute and cuddly from far, but don't get too close!

Meagan Harn

Meagan Harn

Year
Senior
Hometown
Knappa, Oregon
Major
Psychology
Minor
Writing
Favorite thing about WU

That I quickly began to feel like Willamette and its students were my second family away from home and now when I've been gone on break and return to Willamette I say I am returning home.

Favorite quote

"He who laughs last probably didn't get the joke." - Unknown

Animal that best describes your personality

A chipmunk, because I have chubby cheeks, I'm spritely, peppy and always on the go.

Kathryn Hendricks

Kathryn Hendricks

Year
Senior
Hometown
St George, Utah
Major
Studio Art
Favorite thing about WU

I love the campus, students, and classes at Willamette. I don't think I can choose just one thing above all others.

Favorite quote

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and Third by experience, which is the bitterest." - Confucius

Animal that best describes your personality

I've been considered a puppy whenever I ask people what animal I would be. I tend to agree. I am cuddly, eager to please, and sometimes can be a little too annoying to have around for long.

Moriah Hernandez

Moriah Hernandez

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Santa Rosa, California
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

Amazing people, free cookies, tea, and coffee in the library during finals week.

Favorite quote

"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." - Albert Einstein

Animal that best describes your personality

If I were an animal I'd be a sparrow because they sing when they're happy, and it would be nice to just relax and fly around everywhere.

Ashley Ingersoll

Ashley Ingersoll

Year
Junior
Hometown
Honolulu, Hawaii
Major
Sociology
Favorite thing about WU

The friends that I've made - I couldn't have made any better friends than the ones I have.

Favorite quote

"If you're going to step up to the bell, you might as well ring it." - Mel Brooks

Animal that best describes your personality

A housecat - my attention span is hit-or-miss, I like attention, I'm really playful and mischievous, and I love lying in the sun for hours.

Mari Ishikawa

Mari Ishikawa

Year
...
Hometown
Chiba (near Tokyo) Japan
Major
English Communication
Favorite thing about WU

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. WU students and professors are so kind and friendly!!

Animal that best describes your personality

I would choose dog because I'm so curious.

Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Foster City, California
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

I love the closeness and friendliness of the students here. I love the fact that you can just walk by someone that you don't know and they will smile at you as you pass.

Favorite quote

"Our minds are as different as our faces: we are all traveling to one destination; --happiness; but few are going by the same road."

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a cow. Not only because I love cows and think they are fantastic, but because they are generally so docile and peaceful, and as while I can be high-energy, most of the time I as very mellow like a cow.

Lauren Kamachi

Lauren Kamachi

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

My favorite thing is on sunny days when everyone comes out to play.

Favorite quote

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. - Elie Wiesel

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be an elephant because they are smart, strong, and are really amazing creatures.

Katy Kaszubinski

Katy Kaszubinski

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

The Chicken Fountain freezing over in the winter

Favorite quote

"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!" - Dr. Seuss

Animal that best describes your personality

I am a kiwi. They are little and we both want to be able to fly. We have short but sturdy legs and we both want to go abroad in Australia!

Melissa Kawana

Melissa Kawana

Year
Junior
Hometown
Mililani, Hawaii
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

I love the beautiful campus - the timeless red brick buildings, sparkling Mill Stream, majestic Star Trees, fiery autumn leaves, and gorgeous springtime blossoms.

Favorite quote

"Run with your heart instead of your mind. When you run with your mind, you think of the things you can and can't do. But when you run with your heart you forget about what you can't do, and you just go out and do it." - Gerry Lindgren

Animal that best describes your personality

I am like a horse: companionable, observant, and energetic. I also love to run!

Kelsey Kinavey

Kelsey Kinavey

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Reno, Nevada
Major
English/Music
Favorite thing about WU

Hanging out in the Bistro and being outside on the beautiful campus, it is gorgeous all the time!

Favorite quote

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and to be loved in return" - Moulin Rouge

Animal that best describes your personality

A lioness because they are strong, social, caring, motherly and hard-working. Lions are also my favorite animal!

Grace Komarek-Meyer

Grace Komarek-Meyer

Year
Junior
Hometown
Pacifica, California
Major
Music
Favorite thing about WU

How tightly knit the departments are, and the community feel you get the second you step on campus.

Animal that best describes your personality

A Kangaroo, because when I was younger I had an imaginary friend, Kanga the kangaroo, and ever since I have been drawn to them. I love their bouncy spunk.

Kayla Kosaki

Kayla Kosaki

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Hilo, Hawaii
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

All the events and opportunities to get involved on campus! There's always something going on and so many clubs and events for a wide range of interests so I'm never bored.

Favorite quote

"The limit does not exist"

Animal that best describes your personality

I'd be a green sea turtle, because I'm a lot faster and more graceful in the water than on land, enjoy chilling in the warm ocean and on the beach in the Hawaiian sun, and because I basically live to eat, sleep, and swim.

Noam Kroll-Zeldin

Noam Kroll-Zeldin

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Los Angeles, California
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The many opportunities that Willamette offers for extracurriculars.

Favorite quote

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

Animal that best describes your personality

A penguin because like penguins I am very playful and extremely loyal.

Emily Larkin

Emily Larkin

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The PEOPLE are FANTASTIC.

Favorite quote

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

Animal that best describes your personality

A PUPPY!! You know, a really hyped up spaniel puppy. I'm energetic, I love belly rubs, people talk baby talk to me randomly, and I love making new friends!!

Judy Lee

Judy Lee

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Eugene, Oregon
Major
International Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The campus in summer and late spring ... and the people.

Favorite quote

"The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for." - Maureen Dowd

Animal that best describes your personality

I would choose a squirrel - preferably a flying one since they're so much cooler. I would be a squirrel because I like to hide things, I'm super excited most of the time, I'm cuddly, and I like snacking all the time.

Danielle Leveridge

Danielle Leveridge

Year
Junior
Hometown
Woodinville, Washington
Major
Sociology & American Ethnic Studies
Favorite thing about WU

When it is sunny outside and everyone from the school emerges from their dorms to soak up the rays.

Favorite quote

"Dream as if you'll live together, live as if you'll die today"

Animal that best describes your personality

A bird because I am free spirited and love to travel.

Karen Libby

Karen Libby

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

How friendly all the people are here. Also, the turkey sandwiches at Goudy.

Favorite quote

"Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be know." - A. A. Milne

Animal that best describes your personality

Hummingbird - I'm energetic, colorful, and like to do things my own way.

Meghan Lloyd

Meghan Lloyd

Year
Senior
Hometown
Albany, Oregon
Major
Art
Favorite thing about WU

Being abroad this past semester has made me realize how wonderful Willamette classes can be. It’s wonderful to have such intelligent in class discussions, instead of straight dry lecture; to me it makes a huge difference in how much I learn.

Favorite quote

“How can I know limits from lies, if I never try?” Dustin Kensrue

Animal that best describes your personality

An otter, because otters are friendly, playful and clever.

Junko Matsunaga

Junko Matsunaga

Year
Major
Micah Mizukami

Micah Mizukami

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Eleele, Hawaii
Major
Japanese Studies
Favorite thing about WU

I love all of the cultural opportunities here, especially with TIUA, Sakura Matsuri, and the Hawaii Club Luau!

Favorite quote

"Don't worry, be happy."

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a dog. Dogs are always happy, loyal and friendly, but they can also be very fierce.

Abe Moland

Abe Moland

Year
Senior
Hometown
Spokane, Washington
Major
Exercise Science
Favorite thing about WU

The endless opportunity

Favorite quote

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it" - Thomas Jefferson

Animal that best describes your personality

A polar bear, the only thing I'm afraid of is drowning.

Elsa Moluf

Elsa Moluf

Year
Senior
Hometown
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Major
Chinese Studies
Minor
Politics and Economics
Favorite thing about WU

The Mill Stream, the spring blossoms, and being able to befriend professors.

Favorite quote

"The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think."

Animal that best describes your personality

The Kraken, because we share a love of plundering ships and swimming around mysteriously.

Emily Moore

Emily Moore

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Eatonville, Washington
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The people! Hands down. Oh, and Bistro vegan chai cookies. Mmmm.

Favorite quote

Life is just a chance to grow a soul. - A. Powell Davies

Animal that best describes your personality

A bear, because I give ferocious hugs and love berries.

Baily Mullins

Baily Mullins

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Redmond, Washington
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro - I love coffee and it's much cooler than Starbucks.

Favorite quote

"Of all the things which wisdom provides for the happiness of the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friendship." - Epicurus

Animal that best describes your personality

If a bumblebee counts as an animal ... I'm small and productive yet I have a witty sting!

Paige Mullins

Paige Mullins

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Redmond, Washington
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

Definitely the Bistro. It is the perfect place to spend an afternoon laughing with good friends, drinking Vanilla Lattes, and munching on a BarsBar (quite possible the best cookie ever to be invented). It doesn't get any better than that.

Favorite quote

"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be an otter because it is a petite, intelligent creature that has a witty and charismatic personality.

Surya Nagarajan

Surya Nagarajan

Year
Junior
Hometown
Palo Alto, California
Major
Music & Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

Open-mindedness, possibilities, and the music building.

Favorite quote

"Of course it's happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" - Albus Dumbledore

Animal that best describes your personality

A dragon because they breathe fire and fly and I want to be able to do both of those things.

Becca Newman

Becca Newman

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Denver, Colorado
Major
Psychology
Minor
Spanish & Politics
Favorite thing about WU

The wonderful students and professors and the endless possibilities of activities and things to do on campus.

Favorite quote

"I know you cannot live on hope alone, but without it life is not worth living" - Harvey Milk AND "Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright" - Bob Marley

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a Golden Retriever because I am very friendly, caring, loving, high energy, welcoming, and goofy.

Rory O'Brien

Rory O'Brien

Year
Junior
Hometown
Sacramento, California
Major
Women's and Gender Studies
Minor
American Ethnic Studies & French
Favorite thing about WU

The Mill Stream on a sunny Sunday afternoon - when the Bistro is open.

Favorite quote

"Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful makes complete sense in any immediate contest of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love." - Reinhold Niebuhr

Animal that best describes your personality

I would have to say I'm a marmot, aka groundhogs and woodchucks. Frankly, marmots are amazingly cool because they're furry, they live underground, and they have yellow bellies. What's that I hear? Did someone just ask how much wood would a woodchuck chuck?

Linnea Oddie

Linnea Oddie

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

I love being able to walk through campus knowing that I'll see at least one person that I know pretty well. I also love all the opportunities to meet new people and try new things.

Favorite quote

"In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty ... handsome, what have you. The right person will still think the sun shines out your ass. That's the kind of person that's worth sticking with." - from the movie Juno

Animal that best describes your personality

A ring tailed lemur because I am social, playful, and I like to move it, move it!

Erin O'Mahony

Erin O'Mahony

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Banks, Oregon
Major
Exercise Science
Minor
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

The fantastic, close, lasting relationships that you develop with not only your friends and peers, but also your professors and other community members. The campus is really like one giant family!

Favorite quote

"I've never failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work!" - Thomas Edison AND "Be grateful for what you have, not regretful of what you haven't." - Unknown

Animal that best describes your personality

I would definitely be a dog. I'm pretty easy going and relaxed, but get easily excited about things and people that I love.

Malika Onstad

Malika Onstad

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Donald, Oregon
Major
Mathematics & American Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The sense of community you feel on campus.

Favorite quote

"If everything made sense there would be no room for discovery, surprise, and intrigue." - Amanda Hock

Animal that best describes your personality

A llama because I'm warm and fuzzy but a protector of others, and will (figuratively) spit in someone's eye if I saw someone being wronged.

Blake Paisley

Blake Paisley

Year
Junior
Hometown
Saratoga, California
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

The size, you know tons of people but you still meet new ones all the time.

Favorite quote

"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path." - Buddah

Animal that best describes your personality

A cheetah because I'm just that fast.

Annie Pawlick

Annie Pawlick

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Emmett, Idaho
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro! (and all the people I've met here)

Favorite quote

"My future's so bright, I gotta wear shades!"

Animal that best describes your personality

A koala. They're super mellow and so gosh darn cute!

Tej Reddy

Tej Reddy

Year
Junior
Hometown
Portland, Oregon
Major
Economics and Environmental Science
Minor
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

Great Involvement Opportunities.

Favorite quote

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

Animal that best describes your personality

Mongoose

Kaitlyn Rice

Kaitlyn Rice

Year
Junior
Hometown
Boise, Idaho
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The people; the professors, the students, and the staff are all so friendly. I know that I have easy access to talk with my professors and whenever I walk around campus I know I'll see at least one friendly face!

Favorite quote

"I don't want a straw; I want real human moments." from the movie, "Waking Life"

Animal that best describes your personality

I'd have to say that if I were an animal, I would be a chameleon because I can adapt to almost any situation, but deep down I know my true color is green!

Lauren Richards

Lauren Richards

Year
Junior
Hometown
Anacortes, Washington
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Minor
Music
Favorite thing about WU

So much opportunity on such a tiny campus! Plus there are so many music geeks I'm never too far away from a conversation about augmented sixth chords.

Favorite quote

"We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents." - Bob Ross

Animal that best describes your personality

The bat ray - they seem a little shy at first but they're actually really sociable.

Nicolette Rickert

Nicolette Rickert

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

My favorite thing about WU is how friendly and welcoming everyone is, from students to staff to professors.

Favorite quote

"To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." - Albus Dombledore

Animal that best describes your personality

I would describe myself as a rabbit because I am fast and timid yet very friendly once I feel comfortable around others.

Lauren Riggs

Lauren Riggs

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Central Point, Oregon
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

That the Montag Den is open so late.

Favorite quote

"If ever there is a tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you." - Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

Animal that best describes your personality

A grizzly bear cub, because I'm cute, cuddly and clumsy.

Austin Schock

Austin Schock

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

Everyone is really friendly.

Favorite quote

"This isn't life in the fast lane, it's life in the oncoming traffic." - Terry Pratchett

Animal that best describes your personality

A Blast Ended-Skrewt describes my outer personality (short, diabolical, strange, literary). A Dragon describes my base instincts (likes to collect, cunning, a tad vindictive, won't back down). A Phoenix describes my higher functions (the ability to rise fro the ashes, the want to heal instead of harm, the wish to be free as a bird).

Travis Smith

Travis Smith

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Sequim, Washington
Major
Favorite thing about WU

The people, everyone is truly accepting of one another and down to Earth.

Favorite quote

"Go Big or Go Home" - anonymous

Animal that best describes your personality

I would have to say a turtle. I am easy going and go with the flow for the main part.

Sarah Sonnenfeld

Sarah Sonnenfeld

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Major
Biology
Minor
Chemistry
Favorite thing about WU

I love the people here; everyone is friendly, open minded, has a new opinion to offer, and wants to learn as much as they can while they are here.

Favorite quote

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on" - Robert Frost

Animal that best describes your personality

An Orangutan ... they're friendly and outgoing but also kind of goofy, not to mention I sort of looked like one as an infant ...

Megan Stahl

Megan Stahl

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

The Bistro! Such good coffee and irresistible cookies.

Favorite quote

"Art is life, life is art ... The question is, what came first?" - Lady Gaga

Animal that best describes your personality

A fox, because I'm a quick thinker and oh-so cute!

Geoffrey Suthers

Geoffrey Suthers

Year
Senior
Hometown
Honolulu, Hawaii
Major
Theatre
Minor
Anthropology
Favorite thing about WU

When you ask a professor, "Hey do you want to grab some coffee and chat tomorrow?" and they say "Absolutely, here's when I'm free."

Favorite quote

"What amazes me the most is that with all of the horrible things that happened in the world, people keep going on loving each other ..." - David "Orange Flower Water" a play by Craig Wright.

Animal that best describes your personality

A monkey, like Curious George, because monkeys are adventurous and inquisitive.

Colby Takeda

Colby Takeda

Year
Senior
Hometown
Mililani, Hawaii
Major
Exercise Science
Favorite thing about WU

Spring

Favorite quote

"Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It's dedication and a willingness to discipline your life that makes you great". - Billie Jean King

Animal that best describes your personality

Koala. I'm oddly romantic, sly, and the life of the party.

Andrew Theis

Andrew Theis

Year
...
Hometown
Toledo, Ohio
Major
Studio Arts
Favorite thing about WU

The wonderful community of students

Favorite quote

"You're out of your element Donny."

Animal that best describes your personality

The wolverine, rawr.

Madison Tilton

Madison Tilton

Year
Junior
Hometown
Bend, Oregon
Major
Rhetoric & Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Star Trees

Favorite quote

"My shoe is off / My foot is cold / I have a bird / I like to hold"

Animal that best describes your personality

An animal to describe my personality would be that of a friendly woodland creature -- perhaps a Willamette Gray squirrel.

Christopher Tokeshi

Christopher Tokeshi

Year
Junior
Hometown
Honolulu, Hawaii
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

The people I've met.

Favorite quote

"Carpe the diem! Seize the carp." - Out Cold (2001)

Animal that best describes your personality

I think I'm like a turtle. I'll finish the race despite how long it may take me.

Tori Tomlinson

Tori Tomlinson

Year
Hometown
Scottsdale, Arizona
Major
History
Favorite thing about WU

The openness of the people. I feel like I could sit down at any table in the cafeteria and be welcomed by the people who are sitting there, even if I've never spoken to them before in my life.

Favorite quote

"Make up your minds that happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous." - Pericles

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a momma bear because I am very protective of my friends and I like to take care of them. Also, I enjoy sleeping a lot, huddling for warmth, and eating fish and berries.

Mia Trost

Mia Trost

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Seattle, Washington
Major
Anthropology
Favorite thing about WU

The people and general good attitude of the student body.

Favorite quote

"When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere."

Animal that best describes your personality

A bunny because I have lots of energy and I'm friendly when I'm not busy running around!

Evan Turner

Evan Turner

Year
Senior
Hometown
Seattle, Washington
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

The well-rounded students, who have such a diversity of interests and the ability to participate in as many activities as Willamette offers.

Favorite quote

"Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Animal that best describes your personality

Panda: its big, enjoys cold weather, cuddly, and always hungry.

Lauren Vannini

Lauren Vannini

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Bellevue, Washington
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

The cherry blossom trees blooming in spring and exploring Salem (especially the antique stores!

Favorite quote

"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one piece of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure." - Chris McCandless from the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Animal that best describes your personality

I think that I would be a squirrel (though the ones on campus scare me, not going to lie) because I am energetic, eager, and scurry all over the place.

Molly Ward

Molly Ward

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Port Angeles, Washington
Major
undecided
Favorite thing about WU

Small school atmosphere, and friendly people wherever you go!

Favorite quote

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't' you're right."

Animal that best describes your personality

Jaguar; red meat is my favorite, relatively energetic, social at times, solitary at others, strong connection with my mom!

Jenny Warren

Jenny Warren

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

DeeDee's cranberry cream cheese in Goudy Commons.

Favorite quote

"It is better to travel well than to arrive"

Animal that best describes your personality

I think I am most like a yellow canary, because they have a very sunny disposition, love to sing, and are so very bright colored! Also, I think a type of bird suits my personality best because flying looks so free-spirited and fun, two things I try to be every day.

Justin Wetherell

Justin Wetherell

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Anchorage, Alaska
Major
Theatre
Favorite thing about WU

I love all the animals that just lounge around campus. It's fun to see geese, squirrels, ducks and other strange birds while walking to class.

Favorite quote

"Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength." - Hasidic Saying

Animal that best describes your personality

I would choose a raven because they are bold, inquisitive, flighty, and fun ... and they have such a lovely chirp!

Matthew Winterscheid

Matthew Winterscheid

Year
Senior
Hometown
Seattle, Washington
Major
Biochemistry
Favorite thing about WU

All the events going on.

Animal that best describes your personality

Koala, because it's not the fastest creature but loves eating all day in the shade.