I’ll keep this brief. I didn’t join the OA community as early as I would have wished in my college career (but at least I had what I had). And I wasn’t as involved as I would have like to be (especially this year). But, being a part of OA along with studying abroad in Costa Rica were the two best things about my time at UC Davis.
It allowed me to find my niche in the student community and share my passion for the outdoors with others. I had a rough first two years at Davis- I had trouble finding a welcoming environment and was subject to hazing as part of another group. When I stepped into OA, all of that changed. OA is a place where everyone is always smiling, willing to chat, or lend a helping hand. So thank you to everyone from OA. Thanks for always taking the time to say hello, ask how I’m doing, and share in an adventure. It makes all the difference. 🙂
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I leave you with Jordy (OA’s fearless leader)’s mantra: “We must remember three things,” he said to them. “I will tell them to you in the order of their importance. Number one and first in importance, we must have as much fun as we can with what we have. Number two, we must eat as well as we can, because if we don’t we won’t have the health and strength to have as much fun as we might. And number three and third and last in importance, we must keep the house reasonably in order, wash the dishes, and such things. But we will not let the last interfere with the other two.”