As of spring of 2008, Sam Kelly-Quattrocchi has been set on becoming a Beaver. But what attracts a student from California to Oregon State? Here is a conversation with him about his reasons on coming to Oregon State University:
Tell us about yourself:
My name is Sam Kelly-Quattrocchi. I’m an incoming freshman at Oregon State University in the University Honors College (UHC) majoring in Marine Biology. I grew up in northern California and graduated at the top twenty percent in my high school. When I visited Oregon State University the spring of 2008, I loved it. I’m really excited to start classes this fall.
Choosing what school to go to is a huge decision. What made you decide to choose Oregon State University?
Out of all the universities that I looked at and toured, none of the advisors really took an interest in me. They said, “here’s a map, hope you enjoy campus!” At OSU, an advisor sat down with me, got to know me and took genuine interest in me. It was something that other schools didn’t do.
After visiting campus, I was convinced; the UHC has a great community, the Marine Biology program combined with Hatfield Marine Science Center were perfect, and the people were so friendly.
What other schools did you apply to before making the final decision?
I applied to University of Oregon, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and Humboldt State University. I was accepted at a number of them, but as soon as I visited Oregon State University, I did not want to visit any other schools. I’d made my decision.
Where were you involved in high school?
In high school I did anything that involved me being in the water. I swam for the varsity swim team and played water polo. Starting my sophomore year in high school I started taking AP courses and am really excited for the same type of classroom interaction through the UHC. I’ve also been ballroom dancing for the past six years.
What do you look forward to when you start school at Oregon State University?
Although I will miss the sunshine we get in California, I will get used to the rain, and I’m really excited to be going to school in Corvallis. There are just so many opportunities to pursue. I look forward to getting involved on campus, playing intramural sports and taking ballroom dance classes. I also look forward to get involved at Hatfield to get hands-on with the marine science program over there.
I’m stoked. I loved Oregon State University when I visited last spring and loved it even more when I came down for the START program. I really look forward to living in Corvallis and attending Oregon State University this fall.