Orientation 2014 Coordinators

They really love Puget Sound.





Klahowya, people of the Internet! My name is Deirdre and I'm from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am studying Molecular & Cellular Biology with a minor in English. In my spare time I enjoy eating donuts. That's it. Eating donuts.

What's your most vivid memory from Orientation?

I'm going to have to go with something really stupid for this one, but I specifically remember having to ask someone how to get to Thompson Hall, and this always sticks in mind because now I can't even imagine not being able to find it. All of my classes are there this semester and I'm pretty sure you could drop me blindfolded into the middle of Tacoma and I would be able to find my way there. 

Who inspires you?

I know this will sound weird, but my thirteen year-old brother, Owen. He is the coolest kid I have ever met, and even though technically I look down to him, it won't be for much longer. Owen is infinitely funnier than I am, gives great advice, and he has almost four hundred followers on Instagram. What a guy.  

What was the best thing that happened to you this weekend?

I made popsicles for the first time! They were pretty bad actually.

What is your most uselessly unique talent?

I'm really good at hula-hooping and my mom was always really confused about this. It's to the point where I really don't understand anyone who can't hula-hoop

What got you involved in Orientation?

Sorry to say it isn't too exciting of a story, but I applied to be a Perspectives leader on a total whim. I had no idea it would change my life in the way it has, or that it would increase my love for this school one hundred-fold. There is really nothing like it.





My name is Lisa Tucker and I hail from the suburb Highland Park, Illinois (30 miles north of the even more wonderful city of Chicago). I am studying American Politics and Environmental Policy. I like most things, but mostly sunshine, dark chocolate, and corgi puppies.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

Okay so this depends on the type of movie I'd want made of me. If we're talking straight up drama, then most definitely Meryl Streep. Because she is the embodiment of beauty and grace. However, the likeliness of her being picked to star in a movie about my life is about as likely as me having the opportunity to use a pterodactyl for transportation. In my heart,  I know Amy Poehler is much more likely because she contains equal parts awkward and humor that I hope are similar to me. Leslie Knope 2015, you know?

What can most people do that you cannot?

I have an uncanny ability to find joy in simple objects. For example, I think mittens are quite possibly the most entertaining garment of all time. Whenever I see someone wearing mittens, I imagine them trying to accomplish practical tasks while wearing mittens. Such tasks include: typing on a computer, trying to text someone, picking up coins off the floor, or trying to turn the frail pages of a book. If you wave at me while wearing mittens, I most certainly will laugh at you.

What was the last book you checked out from Collins Library?

The last book I checked out was Cooked by Michael Pollen. This was my winter break fun read. What can I say, I just really like food.

 If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

If I could store anything for the rest of my life it would probably be just a storage container filled up with boxes of Cheese-Its. I know what you're thinking. "But Lisa, won't they go stale before you get the chance to eat all of them?" My answer to that is no. You know why? Because I am the Lord of Cheese-Its. They just don't go stale when in my possession.

What got you involved in Orientation?

I got involved in Orientation because I am absolutely head over heels in love with the University of Puget Sound. Orientation was easily the highlight of my first year and I wanted to provide that for future generations of first year students. During Orientation, you get the chance to learn about the community before having to dive into classes. You meet a tight knit group of people and the orientation leaders get to facilitate that. You get to learn about all of the unique resources that our campus provides. It is truly a unique experience and one that can never be forgotten. It has been an honor being a part of orientation for the last 3 years.