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Sam Stockdale

Admissions Counselor
Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia), Oregon (except Portland tri-county area), Southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)

Favorite spot on campusThe Hoffman Art Gallery. It’s a great place to escape when you need to clear your head. 

Little-known fact about meI don’t react to poison ivy or poison oak. I like to think of it as my own little superpower. 

Piece of advice for students in the college search processFind your fit. What’s best for you may not be what was best for the people around you. These next four years are about your own personal growth. The place that you can best nurture the roots you’re planting, is the place you should be. It’s about finding that balance for yourself between the known and unknown of that next step in your life, and that can look completely different for each of us. Don’t be afraid to break away from the norm or from the voices buzzing around you. 

Favorite place to spend time in PortlandFairline Coffee Shop in Sellwood. Not only do they sell my favorite coffee that’s grown in Arkansas from Onyx Coffee Roasters, but their food is killer, and they try to remain as locally sourced as possible! Odds are if it’s a sunny weekend, you can find me outside reading or on my laptop with my dog, Porter. 

If I was stranded on a desert island, I would want these three thingsA beach volleyball and net for some classic island entertainment, a radio that only plays good sunny weather tunes like the Beach Boys or Love is Strange by Mickey & Slyvia, and the Avengers – mainly for some epic four v. four volleyball tournaments, but also because instead of being “stranded” it would more or less be an extended vacation then, right? I’m sure I could hitch a ride with somebody. 

If I didn’t work in Admissions, I would beI’d be a wildlife photographer for National Geographic, no doubt about it. My love of travel combined with my love for nature, animals, and the environment – what more could a girl ask for?