Sam Angel – Why PLU?

My name is Sam Angel and I am a sophomore at PLU.  PLU is a long way from my hometown of Missoula Montana.  I plan to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences.  I am also the captain of the men’s tennis team.  In high school I would have never pictured where I am today and the road to my place at PLU has been a wonderful experience.

As a senior in high school, my college choice was mainly between schools in the northwest conference, the University of Montana and Montana State University.  Each option had its pros and cons so I was still on the fence until late in my college search.  PLU was the last school I visited and I immediately knew I wanted to attend.  My tour guide was very easy to relate to and knowledgeable about PLU.  He has recently become my friend, close neighbor and coworker.  The experience with my guide set the tone for the rest of my visit.  The tennis coaches met one on one with me personally and could not be nicer people.  Every person I came in contact with at PLU was enthusiastic, kind and ready to answer any questions I had.  Later during my visit I stayed with my high school friend and his roommate who, conveniently, played on the tennis team.  After a night of learning more about PLU, hanging out with the tennis team, and way too much Mariokart, I knew PLU was the school for me.

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Since I began at PLU, I have had so many memorable experiences.  My very first month of my first year, I dislocated my shoulder while playing in a monsoon on Foss field.  During my time here I have attended two Mariners games, gone to the glass museum in Tacoma twice, visited Point Defiance Zoo, hiked on Mt. Rainier upwards of ten times, gone to California for our Spring Break tennis trip twice and attended the Bumbershoot music festival.  These are just some of the many experiences around campus that I got to enjoy.  The PLU campus itself is just as great.  My friends I have made will be with me for life and the people at PLU make campus a great place to get an education.  Another reason I love campus is because of the faculty at PLU.  The professors are approachable and personal.  I feel comfortable going to my geosciences professors for anything and they make campus even better.

I am lucky to call PLU not only my place of education, but also my home.  I couldn’t ask for a better college experience and would choose PLU again every time.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your college search!

Sam Angel

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