Reflections: A freshman recalls her first impressions
The 2015-16 academic year is over now, and for me, my first year of college went by far too fast. For many of you, it is another closing of a chapter of your college experience. And for University of the Pacific, it was an eventful year.
Although I cannot evaluate the year as well as Pacific Review, the alumni magazine, I can tell you what I’ve seen change and develop on Pacific’s Stockton campus.
I remember attending sporting events. For men’s basketball, Pacific got its hands on Damon Stoudamire, who has 13 years of NBA experience, as the next head coach — an exciting appointment. There was an addition for women’s soccer as well, as Kerri Scroope was named Pacific’s new head women’s soccer coach.
For tennis, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center was finally completed, featuring 12 new tennis courts.
Speaking of construction, we are still seeing it out in the fields for athletics, specifically soccer and field hockey. It’s rumored that the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts, located across the bridge, will be replaced with residence halls. For those of you graduating, the campus might be new and improved by the next time you visit.
There were monumental changes in our academic departments. An event that excited more than political science majors was Pacific’s hosting of the U.S. Senate Debate. Engineering students sent a satellite up 100,000 feet this year. Benerd School of Education is in the process of selecting a new dean, with three candidates.
Lastly, the prestigious Powell Scholars of Pacific concluded their Verdevis project on microgreen growing systems, giving systems to a food bank and a middle school in Calaveras County.
Personally, I was given plenty of opportunities, one being a staff writer for The Pacifican. This year, I travelled to Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Oregon. I met amazing professors and can’t wait to see who else I cross paths with. If you are graduating, I hope you are happy with the opportunities you took advantage of here at Pacific.
I took American Transcendentalism for PACS 002 (you’ll miss those, right?), so I leave you with a quote by Henry David Thoreau: “What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
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