Eugene Vs. Portland?
I was thinking about applying to a school in Oregon, I've heard great things but never been, any thoughts?
I grew up in Portland and it's not a college town. Reed, wow, now there is a crazy wacky bunch sitting around trying to prove that God doesn't exist. Bottom line, if you want a good college town in Oregon go to Eugene, lots of fun with an actual college town feel. By the way Notre Dame sucks and the Ducks should be in the Fiesta Bownl
Yup, Portland is not a college town. I have worked in a "suburb" of a major city that had a university (Tempe, AZ) and it definately felt like a college town so it is possible to get that feel in a major city...but that's not the case in Portland. I've not been to Eugene but I've heard it's cool.
From a native (you can tell by the rust instead of tan):
(1) I went to grad school in Ann Arbor for 5 years. Eugene is a lot like Ann Arbor moved to the Pacific Northwest, which means that if you are conservative you are going to think you died and are spending eternity in the parking lot of a Grateful Dead concert.
(2) If you have never lived in the NW, you should consider whether you have any atavistic need to see the sun on a regular basis. It does not really actually rain all that much here as measured in inches, but it will be gray and cloudy for weeks at a time. When I was in Ann Arbor I could never understand why people would prefer 10 degrees and clear to 40 and cloudy/dark/rainy. If you understand, Oregon winter may not be for you. When I was an undergrad back in the day, I had a good friend from Maui and he used to just sit in his room and stare lifelessly into the clouds.
(3) Notre Dame beat two teams with winning records this year. Yet somehow they are in the BCS. Oregon always gets screwed. Get used to it or don't come.
(4) Reed students aren't trying to prove God doesn't exist, they are trying to become God. Obviously you've missed RenFair ... which makes the parking lot of a Grateful Dead concert look like a college Republicans meeting.