There’s Nothing Like Spring in PDX

Well, here we are in week four. It’s hard to believe how fast this term has sped by. Between interning and fitting classes in between, this has been a very different term than we’re used to experiencing. As I’m here in Portland, I’m constantly hearing the same things from friends back in Eugene. Most of them keep repeating the same words- “There’s nothing like spring term in Eugene.” I’m here to tell you that’s not the case because I’ve quickly found there’s nothing like spring term in Portland as a PDXSX student. Here’s why:

1. Our campus jobs have transformed into valuable internships.

We’ve been given the chance to step in the door before the rest of our entire class. We have the opportunity to prove our worth, what we’ve learned during our time in the SOJC and apply it to help our organizations grow. Goodbye campus jobs. Hello careers.



2. The waterfront is the new Memorial Quad.

We’re constantly being reminded to go out and explore. After all, the PDXSX is about the experience. Why not start by relaxing after work and doing homework in the sun on the waterfront lawn?
After a long day of “kicking serious butt,” it’s the perfect spot to take in the beauty of our new home.

3. We don’t need Café Roma. We have Floyd’s.

Ever since we were warned about Duck Store coffee, Floyd’s has quickly become my go-to spot for studying. It has a quaint setting and a cozy atmosphere. Step aside, Roma.


4. Who needs Ducks baseball? We have Blazer games

Being in the heart of Rip City has some serious perks. We’re lucky enough to be a bridge away from watching a game. There’s no need to catch the Blazers playing on television. We can get in the game whenever we choose!


There you have it, PDXSXers. Portland is blooming, there’s room to explore and we’re lucky enough to be here to experience the beauty. I can happily say,

“There’s nothing like spring term in Portland.”

Kylee Plummer


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8 Responses to There’s Nothing Like Spring in PDX

  1. Kylee this was an exception post! It’s funny that you bring up Floyd’s coffee because I am currently sipping on one now. I am happy that you emphasized on the “experience” part of this program. I think that it is a great point to bring up because not only are we getting the opportunity to get ahead but shows what else this program has to offer. It is so great to be in the heart of Portland and to be able to really share this experience with our current group of students. You brought up some great aspects that I think future students would enjoy reading. You did a great job showing that although we are away from Oregon and all its wonders that there is plenty to explore and enjoy here. I also appreciate your link to events going on in the Portland area and am excited to check them out!

  2. This kind of an extension of our conversation yesterday. The experience needs to be emphasized more! Yes, we are getting exceptional experience in a career-centered environment, but we get to experience so much more. There is nothing like spring in Eugene, but that doesn’t mean its the best place to experience springtime! The U of O Portland campus may be small, but the location proves to be just as beautiful as the Eugene campus. I think you make a lot of good points about what else the PDXSX has to offer in terms of the way you experience your environment rather than just in our internships. I think we need to discuss more than just work work work, and you did a great job of introducing that!


  3. pdxsx says:

    Well done, Kylee! You really captured a lot of the flavor and opportunities that await future PDXSXers. Spring is the perfect time to make professional inroads in Portland. Nice post, lady!

  4. simonemyers says:

    Great post, Kylee! It’s true, Eugene in the spring time is gorgeous, but so is Portland! I definitely need to take some of your advice and explore Portland more. I’ve lived in the area for the majority of my life, but I haven’t really explored. It’s a shame! PDXSX is really giving us the best of both worlds.

  5. kaitlynchock says:

    Kylee, this is too cute. I also love that even though you’re off of coffee this week, it still crept into your blog post. But I loved this, thank you for reminding us of how lucky we are to be here and of how great this city is. I think we need to start exploring the city as a cohort. Maybe we can start off with that list of coffee shops and all have an intense but supportive job search party at one of Portland’s best coffee shops.

  6. I loved reading this post! Springtime is one of my favorite seasons in Portland. But like Simone, I lived here all my life and I haven’t really explored all Portland has to offer. I like how you took some of the best parts of Eugene and showed us that they’re here in Portland. I missed waking up late and grabbing Roma but there are so many cool places in Portland to find. Thank you for a great post!

  7. jroger10 says:

    I love it! I miss Eugene so much, and I know it’s sunny there and my old roommates bought a BBQ and I feel like I’m missing out. Your post points out the great things about being where we are now, in Rose City! Homesick for the Eug, but loving the city 🙂

  8. Kylee, what a great post! It’s hard sometimes not to get jealous of our peers enjoying the sunny spring days in Eugene (most likely shirtless/bikinied and gathered around an outdoor beer pong table)! Your post is a great reminder that not only are we having valuable professional experiences, but we’ve also been given the ability to enjoy Portland at the turn of the season.

    Beyond simply performing well at our internships, we’re also working on building the foundations of the life we’ll lead after school. Like the book mentions, we’ll burn out if it’s always all work and no play. Your post is a great reminder to take advantage of the wonderful city we live in and start developing our work/life balance early on! Thanks for an insightful motivating post!

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