#New2PSU

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By: Jasmin Landa

Every ending is merely a new beginning. But I confess that as I stood in line in freshman orientation, I was scared about what this new beginning would bring.

I grew up in a small city in Nevada, and have been used to a dry desert atmosphere with mountains that don’t have all the luxurious trees that one sees in Oregon. So as I began to contemplate more and more about my move to Portland, with my mom and my little sister by my side, I began to cry and felt like I wasn’t where I was meant to be. Was I a future Viking? Is this where I am supposed to be? I cried for what felt like hours, but my mom looked at me and assured me that everything will be OK. Things happen for their destined reason, although you may not know today what those reasons are.

She was correct. My freshman orientation was much more than what I expected. I looked around and saw so much diversity, culture and excitement; all the students waiting were anxious to begin their new chapter as Portland State University freshmen. I felt welcomed, informed and enthused by all those around me.

I had been scared at the thought of leaving my home in Nevada along with all my family and all my supporters. But what I didn’t realize before, and what I know now, is that I am gaining a whole student body, staff and friends as supporters who will encourage, support and believe in my dreams and successes.

I cannot wait to be a Viking with the rest of my classmates, community and alumni.

2 thoughts on “#New2PSU

  1. wayne says:

    ….and then you grew up. like everything at PSU, your post is incredibly politically correct. Little do you apparently know there is an entire class of people here who live in a place called the real world and would love to hear you talk some shit or at least something real.

  2. wayne says:

    apologies… just frustrated with this school and the complete lack of ability for anyone going to school here to communicate with other students. You hear all sorts of stuff about student organizations and giving students a voice but we’re possibly the only public university without so much as a Facebook app we can talk through.

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