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A Day in the Life with Maddie

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So this is the view from my dorm, and the weather outside right now is a little overcast and cloudy. So I'm from Northern California, and I've been spoiled with weather for the last eighteen years of my life. But being here has been a nice change. I promise it does not rain as much as they say it does. We've had a few random days in the middle of January and February where it's been Hi, sixties and Sunny. And then, of course, we have a few days of rain. I would say on average, it's like mid fifties and cloudy, which I really don't mind. I mean, just throwing a sweatshirt, and that's really all you need most days. So this is my first year. We're just starting out in spring term. So I've heard from other students that spring term is the best come May in June. It's absolutely beautiful outside and everybody's outside playing volleyball in the middle of the quad or just hanging out. Or I brought my hammock up this term, so hopefully Hello campus area. Also, I am in my room right now, and I thought I'd give you a little tour. So we live in a standard double in Hamilton. Here's my roommate side, so you're kind of able to decorate your wall anyway. You want, which is nice. My roommate did these by hand. How cool is that? Super impressed? I'm not quite that crafty. So here's my desk, and there's lots of built in storage, both above the desk, above the windows and above the closet, which is really nice. I found that there's plenty of storage, even though it doesn't look like it. I also have storage under my bed for my yoga mat, sweatshirts and things that I don't always need readily available. So being in Hamilton is really nice because the food is so close and Hamilton Hall does have the most food venues. I don't even have to go outside if I want to go in the dining hall, which is really nice when it's raining. So that's one perk about living at Hampton, even though the dorms are a little bit smaller. So living in the dorm your first year at U of O is mandatory, and I was so nervous about living in the dorms and that I was gonna fit everything and that my roommate and I were going to get along. But it's all worked out really well and I'm so happy I'm in Hamilton. Even though it wasn't my first choice, I wouldn't change Puddles of fire here at the rec center to show you guys have the duck state. So this is the end or turf area called the Yard. We have rock climbing classes and bouldering classes and a really cool facility over here. And then, usually there's a lot more people playing on the basketball courts. But it's kind of early, so I'm not surprised that there aren't a ton of people Mrs Fitness Block. There's a lot of cardio machines are downstairs. We have more upstairs, and the last place I'm going to show you is the weight room. This is the back of the dorms, so no. Jim. You got some soccer, some spike balls. Oh, it does. I take one of these? No. Cool. Grant in front of you. Thank you. St Marq center. Okay, the rest. This is the pool. There's water polo and like swimming laps here. Hot you if you're feeling up. Okay, the first level, there's a bunch of workout equipment. It's a black school courts, and on the second level there's a track and more basketball chords, ants, more workout equipment. And then over here, there's a rock wall. There's like yoga and dance and spend studios over there. Big TV star. You can check out any time you need there. There's some weightlifting over here. The machines. Trip. All right, so I'm gonna study for, like, skin. But the records really cool. It's really nice what you're working out. You'll like it here because it's like, such a nice job. There's nice locker rooms and a bunch of equipment. And like any class, you have warrant and like, you could take like bodies or your God or spin or whatever, like four credits, That's fun. There's a lot of fast, more courts. Yeah, honestly. And the fields outside, they're really nice. There's a bunch of turf fields. You play soccer? Yeah, super. Buckets. Alright, Next, I'm going to try my best to show you the EMU, which is the Herb Memorial Union. It's just kind of like a big building in the middle of campus. Has much of food home, a computer lab? Just everything is just kind of like the hub of campus. It's right in the middle. Uh, there's a Starbucks panda subway, a burger, place a pizza place. Um, there's the duck nest, which is like where you can go to take a nap, Meditate. Two things like that. Take a break. There's a bunch of really nice places to study. It's very big and open and bright. Um, there's a piano that's near the Star Books area, and there's like a little lounge. And really often people are playing the piano. And then I love walking by and listening to it. Um, that's about it. I often go to the E M u to print things because there's like a really nice computer lab like nice printers with nice paper and stuff. So if you like, I need to print pictures or whatever, you could go there. So yeah, since it's going to be loud in there, I can't really, I'm talking to go through, so I'm just going to take, like, a long shot. Explain it now. So first there's like this little amphitheater. People will do like table ing here and like to get the word out about their events and stuff and stuff like that. It's just a nice little area toe. Come meet for different things, and then I'll walk through the doors downstairs, and so first you walk into the left is where you get your ID card if you lose it to the right is a little market recon by food. It has really, really good food. And then in front of me, there is thie. Oh, desk. That's where you go from. You'd help or have question with anything. You could buy concert tickets there. And then there's just a lot of nice places down there. Tio kind of loud, dried and study. And there's a bubble tea place and ice cream place, so that's pretty cool. And then around the corner is a pizza place. And that down from there is the computer love in the darkness and the craft center. If you're into crafting or pottery, things like that and then upstairs. There's like I said, a Starbucks, a panda subway and that little lounge area with the piano, and then that's about it. That's that's the EMU. Well, it's it's all there is to it. Pretty much, I mean, actually know there's more to it. But that's like the main areas that I utilize and that, I think attract a lot of people. Like especially the Starbucks. It's a great place to like Come hang out and study, especially if you live off campus. Then when you're on campus, you can kind of go hang out there, all right. And so now I'm gonna exit the EMU and you'll see a nice little area where there's just some grass in some tables we consider outside when it's sunny out. And today is a beautiful day out, which is awesome. It's like the middle of winter, and we've had such great weather this year. And then we're coming up on the dorms. So that's the main kind of area of thirteen, and I am Yu part of campus and then be on. There is our dorms and some sports complexes and some other stuff and really excited to take you So this is straw, Bob, and this is where a lot of lectures are because it's one of the biggest lecture halls. I was able to get a shot inside of this one, and this one's the seats like three to four hundred kids. So pretty big. Uh, they were setting up for some sort of concert or something when I went through. And then I went to the classroom just across from there, which is a bit smaller of a lecture style classroom. My story actually is chapter and that smaller costume usually. And then there's some pretty art on the wall in a nice staircase that goes upstairs. And then I just walked out here, and so this is just kind of like a little courtyard, um, in the back of Straw. But I thought this would be a good time to kind of explain the dynamic of like having lecture classes and discussions, because I think that can be intimidating. For a lot of people, when coming to a big school and you'll go is a big school, it's between twenty and thirty thousand. And so how it works is, if you do have a big lecture, say, like two hundred plus people, then you'll probably have a discussion section, which means you'll go to the lecture about three times a week and then you go to the discussion once a week, and the discussion really, really hopes it feels a lot more like high school, where you can actually talk to the people around you and talk to your teacher, and they are very helpful. But those are honestly the types of classes that I feel like work and that dynamic, like I feel like if you needed more one on one attention with the teacher for a certain class than it would be a smaller class like what I'm saying is I feel like the class sizes are appropriate here. Like to the subject that they are. So as you get older and you get into more difficult classes. The class sizes get significantly smaller, and especially as they get more specific to your major, they get smaller. And so you'll have that more kind of tight knit collaborative environment as you get older and narrowed on your major more. But that being said, when you're in underclassmen and you are in these big lecture classes, I would say every single professor I thought no matter if I loved them, I hated them, are totally open to you, like talking to them like every single day after class. You could go up to them and and ask questions and let them know your concerns. And there's Ta tas. So having those big discussions child classes are really find are the big lecture style. Causes are fine. I personally like them because I learned really well from lectures. So it's really just on you to, like reach out if you need help because obviously the teacher is not going to talk to you as they may in high school or something. But don't let the big class size is necessarily intimidate you, because even though they are big, there is always there. Always the resource is there for you. If you need additional, um, more one on one help Okay, and my favorite place to eat on campus is definitely Hamilton Hall. First, we have here Big mouth burrito. It's like a Capulet with less Tyson. Caribbeans is the best way to describe it. It's pretty good. Pretty plain conserving. Nexus Firings. My Skrill. It's your typical stir fry. It's not the highest quality, but it definitely isn't job done. This is the seating area, and Hamilton. It's open seating. There's some bigger sits in the back. That's Daniel on this is common grounds, like a cafe. They have smoothies, coffee, pastries, things like that. That's Holly. And this is gonna be our grab and go with little snacks and what I'm sitting on and now is our build your own sandwich type of deal. That's gastro kitchen like Daddy Foods, like chicken tenders, burgers, things like that and there's hell again. And this is our grab and go section, this different snacks that you could buy with your points and drinks. And keep in mind. This was during finals week, so it's kind of cleared out. It's usually a lot more You're huge in for real. Okay, so this is an example of what actual college lecture looks like. This is located in Lillis in a V A one on one. But it's your home. It seems kind of boring. It's because really is. Fine. And this is more of a closer up. This is a map to forty three past which business calculus class, which is required to take in order to get into the business once literally they're using high clickers, which is sort of a fancy way for you to Okay. And welcome to my favorite academic building video. This is the Lillis business complex, and it is gorgeous. The workload in this building is pretty intense. We have a very competitive business school nationwide. So this is a major you're thinking about Be expecting a lot of work. And for most is that I'm just gonna let the clips play because the building kind You and the business school or taking a science getting a science degree, you probably become very familiar with this and the other math building. And then right behind me here, this's Villard, it's Thie theater building. And I loved coming here every every other day for my acting class this term, because it's just like such a beautiful kind of European looking, building and then attached to it is the main stage, so we're gonna walk through here. All right, so I came into this because it's pretty much the only room in your building right now. It's not in use or like some thing going on. Um, so this is just like a little backstage room where think of it, get ready here before shows and then, like, that's a stage door. I'm like, really nervous to walk out there because you just never know in the theater building what's going on and for context and some trying. But you're my phone case. This is a cards against vanities card. But, said Erin Byrne, and like that's fighting in the theatre building. So I put that in there to remind me of Hamilton and then that's it, thank God. All right, so I wish I could show you the main stage. That's not gonna happen. The main stages right here. And you can see a little bit of the backstage in there. The ghost light is on. I think it's called Unfortunately, no, No stage to work for us today. Sorry, That was kind of underwhelming. That's Villard, though. I promise. It's really cool. There's a cool, big main stage. Um, here's the sign Village hall, and then behind me, there's a main road. I think this is Franklin. There's another MX station whatnot. So now we're on the other side of the building, all right, So I just wanted to talk a little bit about Villard and Thie theater department at U of O in general. So if you're thinking of coming here for acting or theater of any sort, I would just. But you know that like there's a big This is on on acting here. And that was a little bit disappointing for me because I came from a high school that had a large emphasis on musical theater, which is just not the case here. We do have a great music school, and there's an entire building dedicated to that. If that's what you're into, I have a friend who's on a scholarship here for playing the saxophone. So there is a great music department here. It's just the the logistics of coordinating with both of the departments sorry, that's super loud with logistics and coordinating with those departments is just difficult. And so the theater department is kind of one entity, while the music department is its own as well. So it's giving me a much better appreciation for acting and for just like stage presidents, because I'm so used to, uh, music. And so it's been really interesting experience for me. So if you're thinking of doing acting, this is a great school for its friends in the program. But if you are on the musical theater side of things, this honestly public just isn't isn't the place for you. But overall, I love Villard. I love the acting teachers here, Love there's like three stages, is one with one of them being the main stage, and they're all super beautiful. There's a lot of great resource is so I have