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Dante

Major: Music
Hometown: Bandon, OR
  • What is the best part of living on campus?
  • There are many awesome benefits to living on campus: a diverse student culture, residence hall communities that are tailored to connect students with academic and non-academic resources and opportunities, student-staff peers (RAs, FAs) that are there to mentor and ensure the safety of residents as well as a strong U of O spirit. Living on campus creates a strong sense of connection with your peers and enriches your U of O experience.
  • What would you tell a first-year student about your housing experience?
  • My housing experience my first year was exciting and memorable. I was overwhelmed and scared getting to know people at first, but after I made connections, I began to feel a sense of community. You are living with these new people and you are all going through the same experiences together, as well as completely different experiences, and everyone has their own background and is working towards something different. Those connections are very special to me, and I am excited to see where all my friends from my halls end up.
  • What are you involved in on campus?
  • I am a member of the On The Rocks a capella group and a voice student of the School of Music and Dance. I am very lucky and excited to have both of these opportunities in my life because I get to do what I love and develop my talents and skills. The U of O has a lot to offer, so take advantage of its opportunities. If you don’t find what you are looking for, then work with what you’ve got, or go and create what it is you want. This campus has a fantastic energy for creating change, and you will find your efforts challenged to improve and supported to succeed.
  • What is your favorite meal on campus?
  • Grab 'n’ Go: Deluxe Burger with mayo, ketchup, Frank’s hot sauce, jalapeño peppers, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, bacon and blue cheese. Try it once! Try it five times!
  • What was move-in day like?
  • Move-in day was a mix of nostalgia, anxiety, excitement, sweat stains, and passive-aggressive directions from the passenger seat. It was terrifying and wonderful. The U of O knows how to make a warm welcome. My RA was very friendly, and most people in my hall were very excited to make new friends. I remember sitting in my lounge by myself thinking about not knowing anyone, feeling like a clean slate, and being excited to see what impressions I could leave… I wanted to be a friendly force on campus.
  • What does it mean to be a Duck?
  • To me, being Duck means quackin’ loud and proud when it’s sad and gloomy out, or even and especially when things aren’t so great on the inside. Life can be tough, times can be tough, as well as an infinite number of other adjectives, but I try to keep myself laughing, slow down and live in the moment, own my feelings (good and bad), develop myself, enjoy the presence of others, chew my food (seriously, scarfing it down is a waste of your taste buds), and do what I love. We’ve got 60 plus/minus years left in this life, so live it!