Alumni: what is the thing you miss the most about Pacific?

Alumni: what is the thing you miss the most about Pacific?

Franz Vaiarello
Class of 1974
                 Ah yes, Pacific. When I was there during the Wild Wild West days, it was the University of the Pacific or UOP.
                 We didn’t have many of the  buildings or accoutrements that are present and available today. What we did have were Quonset huts and a football team. Both are not currently present.
                 What is the one thing I miss most about Pacific, you ask. That one thing was present during my era and is present today.
                 In a long sentence it is the “direct access to congenial, communicative and helpful professors that are subject matter experts.”
                 It was here at this interface that my intellectual curiosity was satisfied and piqued.
                 It was in the lecture hall, the lab or their office that I was guided into the discovery of answers and more questions. It was here that my expansive knowledge acquired in the fields of Bakersfield was tested, augmented, validated, refuted and redirected.
                 Please don’t get me wrong—I had an excellent high school education, but being at a university with global students and a curriculum supported by professors that “get it” and care, can take one’s base and elevate it quickly.
                 Yes, I learned the world was round and not flat so to speak. It was a proverbial intellectual buffet. Open minds, open doors and open discourse are very powerful in nurturing young minds.
                 The classroom spawned lifelong friendships as a by-product. Thirty-nine years later, those bonds remain. Why I miss this environment is self-evident.
                 That is what I miss most. Needless to say, the sense of community and camaraderie outside the classroom, then and now, reinforce those bonds.
                 During my time at Pacific, Greek life was vibrant and very catalytic. Like the TV commercial states: priceless!
                  I am compelled to add that my current involvement with the Pacific Alumni Association, which started as a way to give back to my alma mater, has grown into a full blown time travel back in time.
                 Wow! I am fortunate to be able to meet and work with Pacific’s educators, administrators, other alumni and the young stars of the student body.
                 Am I missing my college experience, or am I living it now by utilizing existing circumstances? And, with the updated experience at Pacific, I have discovered that the world is a sphere. Tigers Roar!
 erinculbertson
                                                       Courtesy of Erin Culbertson
(From left to right) Kelsey Lynch ‘08, Jenn Tenorio ‘08 and Erin Culbertson ‘08 at Envy.
                 Envy was a night club that opened by the Pacific Bowl when they were seniors in 2008.
                 Envy had a college night once a week, and there would be a line out the door.
Erin Culbertson
Class of 2008
                   I miss the ability to see my best friend and roommate, Kelsey Lynch, and my co-editor-in-chief of the Pacifican, Jenn Hite-Smith, now Tenorio.
                 These bonds have lasted beyond our college years, and I wish I could still just walk across the levee to meet them at the dinning hall, or have a random dance party in our dorm room.
                 The friends I made at Pacific are what I miss the most.

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