Student Voice: Conner Brown '18

I was four years old the first time the concept of “college” was explained to me. Frightened at the thought of spending more than an hour away from my parents, I passionately announced that I’d never attend such a vile place. But, alas, times and opinions change. Now, 14 years later, I’m halfway through my first year at Pacific Lutheran University and I couldn’t be happier.

Right from the beginning, it was apparent that PLU would be my home for the next four years. I visited PLU the spring of my junior year of high school, and by the fall of my senior year I had committed. This being said, I was still very nervous going into move-in day. My fears were promptly snuffed out as I quickly made friends and got to know the people I’d be living with. Everyone is so friendly and open here. I have a feeling (already) that several of these individuals will be some of my best friends for life.

The first thing that attracted me to PLU was the stellar performing arts program. I’ve always loved to act and sing, so a school that strongly supported these activities was a top priority of mine. Coming in as a freshman, I was overwhelmed by how welcoming and supportive everyone was. I auditioned for the fall show on a whim and was both shocked and honored to find myself cast as a lead. The directors in the theatre program, along with every faculty member I’ve come in contact with, are incredibly supportive and genuinely want me to succeed. It’s very encouraging.

Conner Brown '18

Currently, I am an intended Theatre major with a Literature minor. I love to interact and work with others, so I hope to possibly become a teacher someday. Aside from theatre, I managed to secure a position in the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations, a job I absolutely love.

Just the other day, one of my younger friends from high school came up from my hometown of Beaverton, Oregon to visit campus. I met up with her and ended up giving her a tour of the school. It was awesome to see the excitement in her eyes as she looked around. I still have that look in my eyes as well, and I highly doubt it’ll diminish anytime soon. This is such a beautiful school. Overall, I could not be more excited to continue on and learn as much as possible during my time here. I absolutely love it here at Pacific Lutheran, and couldn’t be happier. I’m sure even four-year-old me would share in my enthusiasm, and that’s saying something.