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Meet Matika

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Major: Political Science and Sociology
Hometown: Portland, OR
  • What is the best part of living on campus?
  • The best part of living on campus is the fact that you are so close to everything: classes, great food, your friends, and any on-campus activities.
  • What would you tell a first-year student about your housing experience?
  • The experience you get living on your first (or in my case, first, second and third) year is an unparalleled experience. The friends you make, the people you meet, and the memories you make will stick with you for life. I would tell them to embrace every moment, even the ones that seem not so awesome, because every moment contains a new learning experience or life lesson.
  • What are you involved in on campus?
  • I was very involved in Hall Government and I was a Residence Hall Association executive board member for two years. (Now, I’m focusing on studying for the LSAT.)
  • What is your favorite meal on campus?
  • I love the Farm to Fork Dinner at Carson and Barnhart Dining, as well as the Winter Feastival Dinner, but the ultimate campus comfort food is the corn chowder.
  • What was move-in day like?
  • Move-in day my first year was a little daunting. I was nervous about my hall, my roommate, and my community, but I had my family in town to help me haul all of my stuff and support me. Then, I took a peaceful walk to begin exploring campus.
  • What does it mean to be a Duck?
  • Being a Duck is in my blood. My dad went to law school here, my stepdad was a Graduate Teaching Fellow here, I lived in a university-owned house, and my brother and stepmom attended the UO. Being a Duck is adding my own experience to the legacy and being part of a campus tradition that I know I will be proud of.