Opening Days

2011 Opening Days Leader Profiles

*Pictures and bios for 2012 Opening Days staff will be posted here in March 2012*

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
Junior
Hometown
Mill Valley, California
Major
American Studies
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
Junior
Hometown
Los Angeles, California
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The Mill Stream because when the sun shines, the sky is blue, and the clouds are white and fluffy. Willamette is converted into something beautiful and the only place you will want to hang out is the Mill Stream.

Favorite quote

"Why would you lie about how much coal you have? Why would you lie about something dumb like that? Why would you lie about anything at all? First the window, then it's to the wall Lil' Jon, he always tells the truth."

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.

Amanda Applebaum

Amanda Applebaum

Year
Senior
Hometown
Houston, Texas
Major
Studio Art
Favorite thing about WU

It's a big community and you meet all kinds of interesting and fun people!

Favorite quote

"When I get sad, I stop being sad and be AWESOME instead. True story." - Barney Stinson

Animal that best describes your personality

I'd be a velociraptor because I'm really good at opening doors...?

Halley Arneson

Halley Arneson

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

How friendly everybody is :)

Favorite quote

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."

Animal that best describes your personality

Sea otter, I live by the ocean and love seafood.

Annie Bender

Annie Bender

Year
Junior
Hometown
Fairbanks, Alaska
Major
Economics and International Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Winning at intramurals and Carol, the door lady at Goudy.

Favorite quote

"Ditch the logical"

Animal that best describes your personality

Snow leopard because the snow is where I live.

Calder Bethke

Calder Bethke

Year
Senior
Hometown
Wilmette, Illinois
Major
Anthropology
Minor
German
Favorite thing about WU

The Mill Stream

Favorite quote

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something" - Thomas Huxley

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a monkey because they are silly, curious, and sometimes tricky.

Lauren Branch

Lauren Branch

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Salem, Oregon
Major
Psychology
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 have tons of energy, are super loving/snuggly, but are very independent, just like me.

Emily Bray

Emily Bray

Year
Senior
Hometown
Martinez, California
Major
English and Creative Writing
Favorite thing about WU

I love being able to walk around campus and see all my friends from all of my different adventures.

Favorite quote

"Never give up, never surrender." - Galaxy Quest

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be an echidna, I can be a little shy, but I'm soft and squishy underneath, and I'm always fun and a little weird.

 Emily Burke

Emily Burke

Year
Junior
Hometown
Lebanon, Oregon
Major
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

The Mill Stream and the Quad because they're great places to do homework, chill with friends, or be active.

Favorite quote

"no passion so effectively robs the mind of acting and reasoning as fear." - Edmund Burke

Animal that best describes your personality

Golden Retriever; I'm friendly, reliable, outgoing, I love to be outside and active, I like to cuddle, I'm caring and supportive, and I'm a great and loyal friend.

 Chris Buto

Chris Buto

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Honolulu, Hawaii
Major
undecided, leaning towards International Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The personal feeling of the campus and the 10:1 student to faculty ratio.

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
Junior
Hometown
Portland, Oregon
Major
Exercise Science
Favorite thing about WU

I love the feeling of community and family that Willamette creates.

Favorite quote

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on." - Henry Ellis

Animal that best describes your personality

I think I am like a penguin because I'm very social and I love to spend time with friends and family.

Elaine Carpenter

Elaine Carpenter

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Reno, Nevada
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The red couch in the Bistro, it's the most comfortable!

Favorite quote

"Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all." - Emily Dickinson

Animal that best describes your personality

A jellyfish because I'm fun and bubbly (also I can dance like jellyfish which is pretty cool).

Scott Clardy

Scott Clardy

Year
Junior
Hometown
Ilwaco, Washington
Major
Theatre
Minor
Politics
Favorite thing about WU

The fact that you are able to not only learn from your professors as a student, but also as a friend.

Favorite quote

"When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. there is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. so what the hell, leap." - Cynthia Heimel

Animal that best describes your personality

I would definitely be an owl. They are both majestic and wise.

Lyndsy Clark

Lyndsy Clark

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

So many familiar faces and smiles.

Favorite quote

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." - Albert Einstein

Animal that best describes your personality

dog --I guess because they are everyone's best friend but also protective when the time comes.

Annie Clarke

Annie Clarke

Year
Senior
Hometown
Sherwood, Oregon
Major
Environmental Science - Social Science Emphasis
Favorite thing about WU

The group study rooms on the second floor of the library.

Favorite quote

"Would I rather be feared or loved? Um... Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me."

Animal that best describes your personality

A squirrel because they are fun and random.

Aidan Coffino

Aidan Coffino

Year
Senior
Hometown
San Francisco, California
Major
Sociology
Minor
American Ethnic Studies
Favorite thing about WU

I enjoy the small class sizes but I especially love the lunch on campus.

Favorite quote

"a people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture, is like a tree without roots" - Marcus Garvey

Animal that best describes your personality

Probably a Panda Bear only because, though largely relaxed and quiet, will be vocal and aggressive when defending their territory (both physical and ideological).

Nathan Combs

Nathan Combs

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

Tight community

Favorite quote

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." - Douglas Adams

Animal that best describes your personality

Red Panda. Clever, cuddly.

Jeff Cooke

Jeff Cooke

Year
Junior
Hometown
Bakersfield, California
Major
History
Minor
Studio Art and Politics
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro

Favorite quote

"The sea be real confusin." - Kate Beaton

Animal that best describes your personality

Mothra, the protector of humanity

Karla Corrales

Karla Corrales

Year
Junior
Hometown
Norwalk, Connecticut
Major
Theatre and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about Willamette is the sense of community. Everyone here is so friendly and Willamette is a beautiful campus with so many things to do.

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

A bird, because I like to be free and travel. I think a bird really describes me because i am curious and I like to explore and be with people, but I also like to fly free!

Sarah Cunningham

Sarah Cunningham

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Keizer, Oregon
Major
undeclared - Economics
Favorite thing about WU

The people are great!

Favorite quote

"It's better to fail at originality than to succeed at imitation." - Herman Melville

Animal that best describes your personality

A cat! I'm warm and friendly without being hyper.

Laura Curtis

Laura Curtis

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

Blitz the Bearcat

Favorite quote

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves" - Rainer Maria Rilke

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a fox ... the reasons are self-explanatory.

Dustin Daniel

Dustin Daniel

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

The people.

Favorite quote

"I may not have gone where i intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I need to be." - Douglas Adams

Animal that best describes your personality

Dog, because I am trustworthy.

Bekah Daniel

Bekah Daniel

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Silverdale, Washington
Major
Physics
Favorite thing about WU

The Mill stream!

Favorite quote

"We know only too well that what we are dong is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something" - Mother Teresa

Animal that best describes your personality

A dog ... fun-loving and always excited about the stupid little things.

Joe Donovan

Joe Donovan

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

I like receiving packages from the mail center.

Favorite quote

"Live every week like it's shark week." - Tracy Jordan

Animal that best describes your personality

I'm most like a bat because I know the importance of echo location.

Lindsey Erickson

Lindsey Erickson

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

My favorite thing about WU is all of the wonderful people that I get to spend time with.

Favorite quote

"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters" - Audrey Hepburn

Animal that best describes your personality

The animal that best represents me is a lemur, like Zoboomafoo, because we are both confined to a small space on the globe; Lemurs are endemic to Madagascar and I have never been outside of the Pacific Northwest. And we're pretty cool.

Claire Fallat

Claire Fallat

Year
Senior
Hometown
Tacoma, Washington
Major
Anthropology
Minor
French
Favorite thing about WU

Seeing the cherry trees in full bloom!

Favorite quote

"Life is uncertain, eat dessert first." - Enestine Ulmer

Animal that best describes your personality

If I could choose an animal to describe my personality ... it would be a hummingbird because even though they are constantly on the go, they always have energy and are ready for anything.

Amara Fanucci

Amara Fanucci

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Mercer Island, Washington
Major
undecided - leaning toward Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite thing about Willamette is the awesome people.

Favorite quote

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a lioness. Now I know this sounds really mean at first, but I would say this because I take good care of my friends and I love being around others.

Ziv Feinberg

Ziv Feinberg

Year
Freshman
Hometown
Mercer island, WA
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

The students

Favorite quote

"If you're bored, you're missing something."

Animal that best describes your personality

I would choose an elephant because I like to be in groups and I remember tons of random facts.

Kyle Flowers

Kyle Flowers

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Vancouver, Washington
Major
undeclared - thinking Computer Science
Favorite thing about WU

Small campus feel, Willamette is it's own community.

Favorite quote

"Excellence is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

Animal that best describes your personality

A sunbear, because, like the sunbear, I take initiative and find ways to better my peers (the sunbear's family) and take care of my friends and are always there for them (the sunbear's cubs).

Conor Foley

Conor Foley

Year
Senior
Hometown
Somers, Montana
Major
Anthropology
Favorite thing about WU

Milk and Cookies in the Bistro

Favorite quote

"I do not want to simplify the world I seek to understand it in all its complexities." - Professor Bahram Tavakolian

Animal that best describes your personality

Narwhal, because they like cold climates, they are social creatures and their tusk, which is actually a tooth, is almost always the left tooth and i am left handed. oh, and they are mysterious ...

Sarah Fuller

Sarah Fuller

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Walla Walla, Washington
Major
Psychology
Minor
Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The beauty of the campus, the laid back atmosphere, and the challenging courses.

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

A dog. They're silly, loyal, like to have a good time, but know when it's time to cuddle.

Cassidy Gammill

Cassidy Gammill

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

Warm fall days where I can sit in a lawn chair submerged in the Mill Stream with a smoothie and a friend.

Favorite quote

"Take the time to look at the things around you, the things you have done and the things someone has done for you. Compliment the good things and learn from the bad. Remember no matter how big or small these things are they are important because they were done out of love. And without love, life isn't worth living." - My mother

Animal that best describes your personality

Dolphin! They're friendly, intelligent, social, playful and fun, like me!

Hannah Gandsey

Hannah Gandsey

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

I love the extensive study abroad programs available to students.

Favorite quote

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" - Oscar Wilde

Animal that best describes your personality

Liger, it is unique, unexpected, but majestic and fierce and very protective of her cubs!

Andrew Gustin

Andrew Gustin

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

The people and professors, bistro cookies, and the Mill Stream.

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 just quit." - Hot Rod

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be a bear ... cute and cuddly from afar, but don't get too close!

Katie Hamburg

Katie Hamburg

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

Eating ice cream next to the Mill stream on a sunny day and Dee Dee's turkey sandwiches with cranberry cream cheese.

Favorite quote

"Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, 'you owe me'. Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky." - Hafiz

Animal that best describes your personality

A sun bear, because I am friendly and love being warm.

Jonathan Harwell

Jonathan Harwell

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

The small campus town that surrounds it.

Favorite quote

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost

Animal that best describes your personality

A polar bear because I'm a super 'chill' kind of guy.

Moriah Hernandez

Moriah Hernandez

Year
Junior
Hometown
Santa Rosa, California
Major
Studio Art
Minor
Math
Favorite thing about WU

The amazing communities made in the dorms.

Favorite quote

"Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ...... "The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time." - Abraham Lincoln

Animal that best describes your personality

The slow loris because they are relaxed but still like to have fun and enjoy interaction with others.

Mara Hill

Mara Hill

Year
Senior
Hometown
Anchorage, Alaska
Major
Politics and Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

Dee Dee's turkey sandwiches at Goudy.

Favorite quote

"it makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how." - Bel Canto

Animal that best describes your personality

Puffer fish, because i can make a scene when necessary but am normally quite docile.

Jillie Jennings

Jillie Jennings

Year
Junior
Hometown
Englewood, Colorado
Major
Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

Sitting with friends out by the Mill stream

Favorite quote

"Soul loves to laugh"

Animal that best describes your personality

A teddy bear because I am always there when you need a hug.

Melissa Kawana

Melissa Kawana

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

I love living in an apartment on campus.

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!

Anna Kelly

Anna Kelly

Year
Senior
Hometown
McKinleyville, California
Major
French and International Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The people!

Favorite quote

"Your presence is often the best present." - inside of a Dove chocolate wrapper

Animal that best describes your personality

If I was an animal I think I'd be a dog--I love to just hang out and chill, but I can also be super energetic and outgoing. I'm loyal, approachable, and I love running on the beach!

Ayaka Kimura

Ayaka Kimura

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Tokyo, Japan
Major
Language Communication
Favorite thing about WU

I like WU students and professors. Everyone is very kind and friendly. And I like the Bistro!

Favorite quote

"Never give up! Do my best"

Animal that best describes your personality

A dog, because I'm so curious and I can enjoy anything!

Kelsey Kinavey

Kelsey Kinavey

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

Hanging out in the Bistro, reading by the Mill Stream and the people here at school. It is all wonderful.

Favorite quote

"Be curious, not judgmental." - Walt Whitman

Animal that best describes your personality

Lion. They are strong and care for their young and stay together in their Pride, just like an Opening Days group!

Kayla Kosaki

Kayla Kosaki

Year
Junior
Hometown
Hilo, Hawaii
Major
Sociology
Minor
Classical Studies and Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

Familiar names and faces are not hard to come by no matter where you are on campus.

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

Narwhals, narwhals, because they spend time swimming in the ocean, causing a commotion, cause they are so awesome.

Casey Legere

Casey Legere

Year
Senior
Hometown
San Jose, California
Major
Anthropology
Favorite thing about WU

I think one of my favorite things about Willamette is the genuinely friendly student body.

Favorite quote

"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us."

Animal that best describes your personality

If I had to choose an animal to describe myself I think it would have to be a chimpanzee because I remember going to the zoo as a kid and watching them throw stuff at people and making them laugh. And while I try to refrain from throwing tings, I do enjoy making others laugh.

Devin Leonardi

Devin Leonardi

Year
Junior
Hometown
Hamilton, Montana
Major
Rhetoric and Media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Willamette possesses a great sense of community that is unmatched by most schools.

Favorite quote

"Making sacrifices is essential in causing life to progress in a desirable direction; for it is not what we take up, it is what we give up that makes us rich." - Me

Animal that best describes your personality

I like to think of myself as a fox because I am quick witted and am always waiting for the perfect opportunity to pounce on new ideas and activities.

Henry Lo

Henry Lo

Year
Senior
Hometown
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

When the sun comes out to shine, I love how students come out to play on the Quad or bask in the sun by the Mill stream.

Animal that best describes your personality

The honey badger is appropriate because I will be a fearless leader and I regularly eat poisonous snakes and raid the nest of bees for honey.

Mary-Gray Mahoney

Mary-Gray Mahoney

Year
Senior
Hometown
Prescott, Arizona
Major
English
Favorite thing about WU

The Mill Stream on sunny days.

Favorite quote

"Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!" - Albus Dumbledore

Animal that best describes your personality

I would choose a duck because they can fly anywhere and I want to see the world.

Violet Martin

Violet Martin

Year
Senior
Hometown
East Wenatchee, Washington
Major
Comparative Literature and the History of Ideas
Favorite thing about WU

The Star Trees, the Bistro and sitting by the Mill Stream on a sunny day.

Favorite quote

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Animal that best describes your personality

Some sort of bird (that can fly! Nothing like a penguin even though they are adorable). Actually, I've heard of a Southwestern bird called a Purple Martin. I like adventures and seeing different places. Birds are usually part of a flock but maintain their individuality. They are gently and sweet, musical and open. Birds are symbolic, intelligent (depending on the bird) and love warm weather.

Rachael Mayer

Rachael Mayer

Year
Senior
Hometown
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Major
Anthropology
Favorite thing about WU

How easy it is to make personal connections!

Favorite quote

"Art is either plagiarism or revolution." - Paul Gauguin

Animal that best describes your personality

Owl, because I am surprised rather easily and would like to think that I am somewhat wise.

Shannon McDonell-Bryant

Shannon McDonell-Bryant

Year
Senior
Hometown
Davis, California
Major
English
Minor
Art
Favorite thing about WU

The atmosphere: nature, weather, friendliness, awkward people, intellectual conversation, and the Bistro.

Favorite quote

"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it." - Kurt Vonnegut

Animal that best describes your personality

A monkey because I love playing in trees, I'm curious and friendly.

Kellie Menghini

Kellie Menghini

Year
Senior
Hometown
Anchorage, Alaska
Major
Psychology and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The Star Trees.

Favorite quote

"It is our choices ... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

Brigit Miller

Brigit Miller

Year
Junior
Hometown
Olympia, Washington
Major
Biochemistry
Favorite thing about WU

Great professors, great people, 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 Winfrey

Animal that best describes your personality

If i had to choose one animal to describe my personality I would choose a lioness because i am strong-willed and independent.

Daegan Mitchell

Daegan Mitchell

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Citrus Heights, California
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

Even when there's a lot to do you never feel rushed.

Favorite quote

"Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it." - John Maxwell

Animal that best describes your personality

A Big Brown Bear ... I may seem intimidating and ferocious but in reality I'm just soft and cuddly.

Catherine Monahan

Catherine Monahan

Year
Senior
Hometown
La Grande, Oregon
Major
French and International Relations
Favorite thing about WU

My favorite part about Willamette is the raw relationships that it helped me to foster. The relationships that I have with my professors and my friends would have never happened had Willamette not been the beautiful environment that it is.

Favorite quote

"If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be." - Yogi Berra

Animal that best describes your personality

If I had to choose an animal to describe my personality I would have to choose a flamingo. They are very noticeable, not for their beauty, because -- let's face it, they aren't, but for their oddity.

Becca Newman

Becca Newman

Year
Junior
Hometown
Denver, Colorado
Major
Psychology and Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The awesome people I have met here.

Favorite quote

"Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright." - Bob Marley

Animal that best describes your personality

Golden retriever.

Keegan Nitz

Keegan Nitz

Year
Junior
Hometown
Denver, Colorado
Major
International Studies
Favorite thing about WU

The community.

Favorite quote

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

Animal that best describes your personality

Sea otter.

Rory O'Brien

Rory O'Brien

Year
Senior
Hometown
Sacramento, California
Major
Women's and Gender Studies
Minor
French
Favorite thing about WU

The Mill Stream on a sunny afternoon - everyone's out pretending they can get a tan in Oregon and the Bistro's open with fresh cookies!

Favorite quote

"Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you." - Oscar Wilde

Animal that best describes your personality

A cottontail. Cause I like being social, but I'm also thoughtful and calm. And I like carrots.

Tori Pagel

Tori Pagel

Year
Senior
Hometown
Spokane, Washington
Major
Biology
Favorite thing about WU

You never run out of fun things to do & activities to explore!

Favorite quote

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

Animal that best describes your personality

Bumblebee because I'm always busy!

Blake Paisley

Blake Paisley

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

Sunny days when everyone is out by the Mill stream hanging out.

Favorite quote

"no one saves us but ourselves, no one can and no one may, we ourselves must walk the path" - Buddahh

Animal that best describes your personality

Dog because I'm loyal and like playing outside.

Lexi Parsagian

Lexi Parsagian

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

The wonderful community. I can go anywhere on campus and not only see people I know, but also easily meet plenty of new people. Everyone is so friendly around Willamette!

Favorite quote

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

Animal that best describes your personality

If I were an animal, I would be a squirrel, as I am energetic and cheerful and I would say I sometimes act a bit like a squirrel.

Sarah Quigley

Sarah Quigley

Year
Senior
Hometown
Woodinville, Washington
Major
Theatre
Minor
Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

Sunny days and Bistro cookies!

Favorite quote

"I carry your heart, I carry it in my heart." - E. E. Cummings

Animal that best describes your personality

I asked me very wise roommate about this one and she said, "a lynx because you have similar facial features (don't take that the wrong way) and you can be sassy like a wildcat! House cats got nothin' on you."

Tej Reddy

Tej Reddy

Year
Senior
Hometown
Beaverton, Oregon
Major
Economics and Politics
Minor
Environmental Science
Favorite thing about WU

The cute ducklings

Favorite quote

"To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance." - Oscar Wilde

Animal that best describes your personality

I am a mongoose because they are cute and cuddly but when provoked will kill cobras.

Joshua Rice

Joshua Rice

Year
Senior
Hometown
Nevada City, CA
Major
Theatre
Favorite thing about WU

One of the things I love most about Willamette is the opportunity for success, not only in academic areas, but personal, social, and professional areas as well.

Favorite quote

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." - E. E. Cummings

Animal that best describes your personality

I am a bear. I am loyal, loving and protective of the people that matter most in my life. On lazy days, I like to bask out in the sun and nap. I am curious about most everything in my life. And it takes a lot to get me moving, but once I do, I run hard and fast with purpose.

Kaitlyn Rice

Kaitlyn Rice

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

After being away from WU for over a semester, I miss the closely-knit community more than anything else. There is a unique, irreplaceable vibe that I have only ever found at WU!

Favorite quote

"Don't compare." ... try living one day of your life by that!

Animal that best describes your personality

I would have to go with a horse! They're intelligent animals capable of amazing feats; they only need a little bit of trust to really shine through.

Lauren Richards

Lauren Richards

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

The open-minded, fun and laid-back people. There's no other community quite like it. I also love that music is such an important part of the university.

Favorite quote

"Doesn't really matter as long as the music goes on."

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
Junior
Hometown
Templeton, California
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

How friendly and welcoming everyone is, from students to staff to professors.

Favorite quote

"If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that." - Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

Animal that best describes your personality

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

Sarah Rothaus

Sarah Rothaus

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Sacramento, California
Major
Theatre (with an acting emphasis)
Favorite thing about WU

The quirkiness on-campus!

Favorite quote

"o villain! Thou wilt be condemned into everlasting redemption for this." - Dogberry, "Much Ado About Nothing" Act IV, Scene ii

Animal that best describes your personality

A fainting Goat, because they go about their lives being adorable, fun, and nice (because they're goats), but then suddenly do something really weird and unexplainable to those unversed in the ways of Fainting Goats.

Kendra Schaffer

Kendra Schaffer

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

Hanging out with friends on a sunny day by the Mill stream and working at the Bistro! And the changing leaves of fall, super pretty!

Favorite quote

Not all who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien

Animal that best describes your personality

A zebra. They each have their own unique stripe pattern, are social creatures, they can live in a variety of habitats and they run wild and free.

Austin Schock

Austin Schock

Year
Junior
Hometown
Tigard, Oregon
Major
Humanities & Economics
Favorite thing about WU

Very accepting campus, and my dorm, the incredibly amazing Baxter Hall!

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

Animaniac (whatever they actually are).

Bradley Schultz

Bradley Schultz

Year
Junior
Hometown
Centralia, Washington
Major
Sociology
Minor
Spanish
Favorite thing about WU

The people and community.

Favorite quote

"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet" - Riger Millers

Animal that best describes your personality

A cow, because they just like to hang and be content.

Hayley Serres

Hayley Serres

Year
Junior
Hometown
Los Alamos, California
Major
Biology
Minor
Chemistry
Favorite thing about WU

I love being able to know my professors on a personal level so I can talk to them about anything and ... WULAPALOOZA!!

Favorite quote

"It's not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on." - Marylin Monroe AND "The greatest danger to our future is apathy" - Jane Goodall

Animal that best describes your personality

A chimpanzee because I love to make tools out of materials around, bananas are delicious, I love the rain forest, I wish Jane Goodall was my best friend and I love to laugh.

Emily Simmons

Emily Simmons

Year
Senior
Hometown
Atwater, California
Major
Biology
Minor
Chemistry and Classics
Favorite thing about WU

At Willamette you;'re not a number you're a person and the people there really care.

Favorite quote

"Speak what today thinks in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today." - Emerson

Animal that best describes your personality

I would say a wolf because i am usually with people, do fine on my own and can handle difficult situations.

Jeff Sirginson

Jeff Sirginson

Year
Sophomore
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 Golden Retriever because they are loyal, happy, and friendly.

Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Year
Junior
Hometown
Boise, Idaho
Major
Environmental Science
Favorite thing about WU

When the sun comes out and everyone hangs out by the Mill Stream.

Favorite quote

"Whatever you are, be a good one." - Abraham Lincoln

Animal that best describes your personality

An otter, because I am a very social and playful person and at times a little mischievous.

Slater Smith

Slater Smith

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

All of the wonderful, wonderful people!

Favorite quote

"To enjoy life, we must touch much of it lightly" - Valtaire

Animal that best describes your personality

Lately, a squirrel - playful and working my butt off all the time.

Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith

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

Walking barefoot in the Mill stream on a hot day.

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

I would be an ocelot because they are fun, playful, and unique.

Sarah Sonnenfeld

Sarah Sonnenfeld

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

All of the wonderful people I have met!

Favorite quote

"Happiness is only real when shared." - from Into the Wild

Animal that best describes your personality

An orangutan! Because they are fun and goofy and that's what I looked like when I was a baby.

Megan Stahl

Megan Stahl

Year
Junior
Hometown
Eagle River, Alaska
Major
undeclared
Favorite thing about WU

I like sitting by the Mill Stream in the warm sun!

Favorite quote

"You have to be unique, and different, and shine in your own way." - Lady Gaga

Animal that best describes your personality

A playful kitty.

Tyler Starr

Tyler Starr

Year
Senior
Hometown
Hopkins, Minnesota
Major
Biology and Biochemistry
Favorite thing about WU

Mark O. Hatfield, F. W. Olin, Leslie Sparks, and Sarah Sonnenfeld.

Favorite quote

"All my life, all I wanted to be was somebody. Now I realize I should have been more specific."

Animal that best describes your personality

23% meerkat, 14% stingray, 31% anteater, 10% narwal, and 32% griffin. Just imagine it.

Joanna Sterngold

Joanna Sterngold

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

Professors go out of their way to help you and they're very personable.

Favorite quote

"If I had a dime for every time I was wrong, I'd be broke." - Stephen Colbert

Animal that best describes your personality

The animal that best fits me would be an otter because if I can't open something I don't simply give up. I'll just bang it on a rock until it breaks.

Joellen Sweeney

Joellen Sweeney

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

Sunny afternoons by the Mill Stream, and singing with the Chamber Choir!

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 and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes, 'Awww!'" - Kack Kerouac

Animal that best describes your personality

Rooster, because I like to wake up early and I love to sing (especially loudly in the shower ... and occasionally when others are sleeping ...)!

Tomoka Takayama

Tomoka Takayama

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Shizuoka, Japan
Major
International Relations
Favorite thing about WU

Kaneko and the Library

Favorite quote

"Failure teaches success."

Animal that best describes your personality

Turtle, because I'm at my own pace.

Kelly Tanner

Kelly Tanner

Year
Senior
Hometown
Santa Cruz, California
Major
Sociology
Minor
Spanish and Religious Studies
Favorite thing about WU

You actually KNOW the people in your classes.

Favorite quote

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn the light on." - Albus Dumbeldore

Animal that best describes your personality

A Fox, because I feel like I am cleaver and witty like a fox would be ... if they could talk, foxes also seem like a fairly laid back animal.

Krystal Toderick

Krystal Toderick

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

Goudy wraps and the Mill Stream in the sunshine.

Favorite quote

"You have to let go of who you think you are to become who you were meant to be."

Animal that best describes your personality

A black panther because I can be pretty shy but I can be really competitive and outgoing when I need to be.

Kendra Vanek

Kendra Vanek

Year
Senior
Hometown
Mountain View, California
Major
Anthropology
Minor
American Ethnic Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Dirty Chai's from the Bistro on an overcast morning.

Favorite quote

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." - E.E. Cummings

Animal that best describes your personality

Elephant. They excel in tight social herds surrounded by elephants they love.

James Volz

James Volz

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Tacoma, Washington
Major
undeclared (English)
Favorite thing about WU

The atmosphere that synthesizes studiousness and sociality.

Favorite quote

"Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Animal that best describes your personality

Bear: I am loud, protective, and I tend to lumber when I walk.

Molly Ward

Molly Ward

Year
Junior
Hometown
Port Angeles, Washington
Major
Rhetoric and media Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Community environment and atmosphere on campus. You will know someone wherever you go!

Favorite quote

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

Animal that best describes your personality

Tiger - I am aggressively active when it comes to life, I have fun and like to engage fully. I have had a strong upbringing but I also do very well independently.

Jenny Warren

Jenny Warren

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

The wraps at lunch in Goudy

Favorite quote

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects" - Robert A. Heinlein

Animal that best describes your personality

A copepod: I love surprises and have a glowing outlook on life.

Tana Watanabe

Tana Watanabe

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Federal Way, Washington
Major
Economics
Favorite thing about WU

I love the people at Willamette. I like that I can hang out with lots of different people without being confined to a clique.

Favorite quote

When the people lead, leaders will follow." - Gandhi

Animal that best describes your personality

I'd be a lion because I am loyal, loving and fierce.

Justin Wetherell

Justin Wetherell

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

Having many wildly different weather patterns in a twenty-four hour period definitely cuts down on the need for vacation, and spices things up if you're wearing shorts and it starts to hail. It keeps you on your toes.

Favorite quote

"It's all right to be wrong, but it's not all right not to try." - Sanford Meisner

Animal that best describes your personality

I would be an otter, because I'm quirky, inquisitive, and playful, I love to cuddle, and I love to be carefree.

Chris Whitehead

Chris Whitehead

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Sherwood, Oregon
Major
Chemistry
Favorite thing about WU

The Bistro

Favorite quote

"It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit." - John Wooden

Animal that best describes your personality

Kangaroo because they're super chill and know how to get down to business.

Becca Wirta

Becca Wirta

Year
Sophomore
Hometown
Seattle, Washington
Major
Possibly Rhetoric/Theatre
Favorite thing about WU

Everyone is so friendly.

Favorite quote

"Don't tell me what I can't do." - John Lock (not the philosopher, the character from Lost)

Animal that best describes your personality

A mini pig - I'm small, intelligent, and love to eat.

Joshua Wong

Joshua Wong

Year
Junior
Hometown
Hilo, Hawaii
Major
Biochemistry
Favorite thing about WU

The close-knit community.

Favorite quote

"If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space." - Anonymous

Animal that best describes your personality

Sun bear because their day consists of laying in the sun, eating, and most importantly sleeping.

Sarah Worthing

Sarah Worthing

Year
Senior
Hometown
Prineville, Oregon
Major
Politics
Minor
Russian and African Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Blooming cherry trees in spring and Lavender Italian sodas from the Bistro.

Favorite quote

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing" - Helen Keller

Animal that best describes your personality

If I was an animal, I would want to be a mud swallow. When I watch them dancing through the air, swallows seem to epitomize a joyful free spirit which reminds me of my love to travel and experience new places and cultures. An incorrigible optimistic myself, I love that these little birds are also a symbol of hope and good cheer. Swallows are independent, focused, yet still have a silly side as they swoop around the Mill stream in spring.