Pacific University students learn how to use their passions to create meaningful social change in all they do. At Pacific, we know that change happens when we work together. That’s why our small, liberal arts environment flourishes: students are known by name by excited and expert professors, and our inter-disciplinary connections create unique, effective solutions to all sorts of social problems.
Name: Sydney Major: Sociology Year: Sophomore Hometown: Sacramento, CA What was your college search like?
Difficult. I was overwhelmed
with the idea of leaving my family and everything that was familiar. I was
unsure of what I wanted, so naturally I applied to 14 different schools all up
and down the west coast. I was accepted to 11 of the 14, and began touring schools
that were in my top 5. Pacific was the last school I was set to tour, and I
instantly fell in love.
How did you hear about Pacific University?
I heard about Pacific through a private career counselor
that I had worked with to help me with the college process. She highly
recommended Pacific and thought it would be a perfect fit for me. After going
through Pacific's website and seeing what they offered to assist with my long term
goals, I decided to apply.
What was your first Pacific visit like?
My first visit was two weeks before Decision Day (May 1st). I was lost
in the decision process, but once I arrived on campus, I was welcomed by the
admissions staff and immediately felt at home. This was the first time at any
of the schools that I had toured where someone actually sat down with me and
discussed how the school fits into the vision for my future. For the first time, I
was not just another student looking at the school, I was Sydney--the girl
looking for a new home.
I wanted small
class sizes, hands on learning, a motivated student body, and a family oriented
campus life…Pacific had it all!
Are you happy with your college choice?
I am extremely happy that I chose Pacific! I could not
imagine my life anywhere else. Pacific has provided me with so many
opportunities to find my true self, find what I am passionate about, and learn
about the world from a different perspective.
What are you involved in at Pacific?
I am a campus tour guide, CASBE member (student panel that speaks at prospective events), Freshman Year
Seminar Mentor, and an admissions office assistant. I am really passionate
about helping students find their way here at Pacific!
What are you planning on doing with the rest of your time at Pacific?
In my future here at Pacific, I hope that I will continue to
challenge myself, build my resume, and work with professors on research
opportunities. Also, I hope to build more lasting relationships with both
faculty and staff here at Pacific.
What are your plans after Pacific?
Being a sociology major, I have lots of doors open to me and I
am not quite ready to close any yet. I am interested in marketing for non-profits. I want to work with people and make the world a better place.
"I want to help people with physical injuries or disabilities,” she said. “I want to help people live life to the fullest."
-Serena Wallace, Class of 2019 (pictured above)
How do our Exercise Science students change the world?
By helping others live life to the fullest.
Our Exercise Science students know exactly how to take the concepts that they learn in courses like Exercise Physiology and Perceptual Motor Learning, and take them to the communities around them, helping others to live healthier lives. The Mayo Clinic provides 7 reasons why regular exercise makes life better for all people, and our exceptional Exercise Science students are learning exactly how to take those benefits to the masses.
Every day, students like Serena Wallace are pushing and pulling on exercise academia, through ongoing research projects with our professors, and hands on learning experiences that sometimes even have our students telling our staff and faculty a thing or two about how they can live healthier lives.
So whether it's as a Physical Therapist, or as an Elementary School PE teacher, our students are ready to make the world a healthier and happier place for all people. Our outstanding Exercise Science department is ready for you to join in that too. So, do you want to join us in helping others live life to the fullest? Contact Admissions to learn how you can apply for free or schedule a visit with Pacific; a University that's helping passionate Exercise Scientists to change the world by helping others live healthier lives.
Raise your hand if you think you need to know about
people and places around the world, in order to know how best create change?
Yeah, our hand is up too.
Here at Pacific, we believe that changing the world
should be integrated into your everyday life; the way you live, the way you do everything, should reflect the type of world that you want
to have. This means that one of the four cornerstones for your time at Pacific
is International and Diverse Perspectives.
We believe that, in order to effect true world change, we
all need to continually increase our awareness of and competency with diverse
cultures. If we know more about different people and cultures, then we can better know how to make the world a better place for all, even just in our day-to-day interactions.
Sounds great, right?
We think so too. Here’s how we do it:
·Pro-social clubs and organizations, like Black Student Union,
which are open to all students for participation.
·On and off campus events that extend your
cultural horizons, whether it be a panel on gender and sexuality diversity, or
a serve day on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
and immerse yourself in another culture, learning the about the issues most
pertinent to that part of the earth.
And if that’s not enough, your cultural horizons will be
expanded just by showing up to class. We offer classes that emphasize diverse
thinking in everything from Anthropology to Art, and everything in between. If
you want to learn how to think more inclusively, and you want to do it through
a Music, we even offer that.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves; but we try to at least come close, every day.
Pacific University works hard to prepare its students to educate the next generation in ways that empower themselves as teachers, and their students as learners. How do we do this? By giving our students in the Education program a "deep understanding of the psychological, social, philosophical, and curricular foundations of education."
By doing this, we take on that privilege of using education as an agent for social change, and give our students the tools to do the same. The students in our Education program graduate ready to pass on the tools they have learned to youth of all ages, in all sorts of classroom settings.
How does that sound to you?
Yeah; it sounds pretty amazing to us too.
Do you want to join us in creating a generation of teachers that empower their students to change the world? Contact Admissions to learn how you can apply for free or schedule a visit with Pacific; a University that's helping passionate teachers change the world by equipping youth with the same skills.
How does Pacific University empower its Business students to be world-changers?
By developing skills in students that "foster students’ ability to make decisions with ethics and integrity."
Michael Porter, in his increasingly engaging Ted talk (if you have 15 minutes, we think you'd really enjoy watching it) discusses why businesses may actually be the future of solving issues in the world like sustainability or lack of access to water.
Pacific University Business students are ready to jump in with exactly what Michael Porter discusses.
Pacific University students are joining in that effort to use their skills for Business in making the world a better place. They're taking their ideas, and using their skills to find solutions to the issues the world is seeking answers for. How?
"The business program at Pacific University helps students develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication and quantitative reasoning. These skills foster students’ ability to make decisions with ethics and integrity."
Pacific University Business students graduate prepared to become effective, not only in their business practices, but also in using those business practices to help those around them.