UP as a Welcoming Environment with Resources to Support Student Growth with Darius

Segment #10 from University of Portland


Let me introduce you to Darius, a first year student who literally found a world of opportunities and the peer and faculty support to make the most of them. From the day a UP student arrives on The Bluff, they’re gonna feel welcomed and valued. Darius, please tell us more about your journey so far.

– Thanks for having me here, Alex. As a child, my mother would always remind me that school was my job, my top priority, and that’s why finding a college that had an environment where I could be myself and thrive in was really important to me. After all, if you’re gonna live where you learn, you wanna surround yourself with people who are gonna have a positive impact on you. Out of all the colleges I visited, the University of Portland was the only place that had everything I was looking for. Not only the academics, but also a warm, welcoming environment. UP is a place where I feel at home, where I can enjoy some of my favorite things outside of classes, like hanging out with friends, watching movies, or exploring all the cool stuff happening around the city. And if you’re into fitness like I am, our Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art hub on campus for working out and staying active. The school also provides an abundance of resources for whatever it is you may need to level up in your education and ultimately, succeed in your career. Take UP’s Study Abroad program. Research shows that students who study abroad develop valuable professional skills like adaptability, self-awareness and confidence. That’s why UP designs these programs to give all majors the opportunity to complete required coursework abroad while experiencing and learning from other cultures. In most cases, your financial aid goes with you and the advisors work hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. I plan to study abroad next year and gain a global perspective on business. I know my experience will have an incredible impact on both my career and my life. Alex, back to you.

– Darius, the world awaits. UP’s Study Abroad Program is truly world class. There’s a campus in Salzburg, Austria, and opportunities to explore a host of other destinations, England, Australia, France, Spain, and Italy to name just a few. We can’t wait to see what you do in the future with that fresh, global perspective and a UP business degree, take care. What an amazing group of students thriving here at UP, with a combination of academic rigor, faculty support, experiential learning, and liberal arts discovery, plus big city fun and outdoor adventure. Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

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