Tonight I got a random call from an unknown number. Now, normally I completely ignore these, assuming they're telemarketers, or people from the Blood Connection chasing after my blood again. Though, for whatever reason I just picked up the phone, despite the odd 514 area code.
As it turns out, it was a professor from the University of Oregon, calling just to see how I was doing, and ask if I had any questions about the program. I was truly touched by the gesture -- and it made it really feel like Oregon is definitely the place to go for me! As I've begun looking at apartments, I have really been getting excited about the possibilities there.
Over the phone I discovered that he had grown up in New York, and worked in NYC for quite some time. We shared a chuckle over the differences in culture around the different parts of the country, and again over an article on ArchDaily about people who put trees on their skyscrapers. Though I am not normally a person who enjoys talking over the phone, it felt really easy, and as I asked about the program in Portland, job opportunities, and living situations in Eugene, I definitely felt at ease. I'm excited at the possibilities at the University of Oregon, and it'll be great when I make all my decisions for sure.
A school and program that takes the time to call each one of their accepted students personally and ask if they need anything else to aid in their decision? Count me in.