Pursuing any type of degree is exciting; you’re beginning the journey to adulthood, and therefore, the rest of your life. However, it can simultaneously be daunting and overwhelming, too. Specifically looking at degrees with a pre-health focus or track, there is so much that needs to be done outside of school over the course of the undergraduate years. It can be a lot to process, especially as a new freshman. Mackenzie (‘22, Mill Creek, WA) would like to share a few ways to help organize, prioritize, and process everything that could (and some of it, should) be done to help you best reach your career goals.
College is a lot of fun, but it can also be extremely stressful at times. Mackenzie (‘22, Mill Creek, WA), is a rising sophomore in CAS at UP, pursuing a degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry & Neuroscience. In no particular order, Mackenzie would like to share a few of her best tricks in beating the stress that college (often) throws at you, as well as some of her personal experiences in stressful times during her freshman year.
As students explore their interests and career goals, it is normal to change majors and minors during the undergraduate years. We advise you to speak with a program counselor throughout this process if you have any questions about your curriculum change, and to consult DegreeWorks to see the requirements for your desired major/minor, as well as your credit progress. (note: if you are incoming freshman and have not started at UP yet, contact the admissions office to change your curriculum).
Self-serve is a system accessed through your UP portal that you will utilize often, and grow to love (hopefully, or maybe grow to strongly dislike…we’ll see 😉). But in all seriousness, self-serve is a life saver! It has just about everything you need in order to navigate registration, financial aid, final grades, and so much more. This post will take you through how to use self-serve, what you can find on it, and tips and tricks for efficient navigation.
Hear from four of our Student Office Assistants about their favorite “go-to” places in Portland! Whether it be a quick study break, a weekend adventure, or something new to try – Mackenzie, Gaby, Grace, and Sarah have insight on the best places to hit while you’re in Portland.
If you aren’t that familiar with Portland as you start your freshman year at UP; that’s okay! There’s a lot of the city to explore during your years on campus. One area of the city that you’ll probably become most acquainted with is North Portland—this is where UP is located! Also known as NoPo, this area of Portland has a lot to offer. It’s bordered by the Willamette and Columbia rivers, and the St. Johns neighborhood. North Portland also contains other neighborhoods, each with their own flair. UP is in the University Park neighborhood, and is surrounded by the St. Johns, Cathedral Park, Overlook, Portsmouth, and Arbor Lodge neighborhoods.
Here are some of our (the student office assistants here at CAS) favorite things to do near campus…
Either you just received your first college schedule (YAY), or you are a college student with lingering questions on how to read your “student detail schedule” on SelfServe. Either way, we are here to help. Here are a few tips to help you read your schedule with ease and expertise:
Textbooks, textbooks, and more textbooks! There are a lot of different textbooks that you might need your freshman year, and a few different ways to get them. Here’s some info from our student office assistants.
Mackenzie (‘22, Mill Creek, WA) is a rising sophomore at the University of Portland. She will be answering some frequently asked questions that incoming students may have in regards to having a job in college, as well as sharing a few words regarding her experience of working on-campus during her first year of college.
Here’s a short post about some tricks and tips for the first week of the semester: when you start receiving your syllabuses.