Modesto, CA


Hi! My name is Riley and I’m a fourth-year studying kinesiology. Before coming to Oregon State University, I lived in Modesto, a town in the middle of California’s central valley. 

The main reason I chose to attend Oregon State was for the many unique opportunities I would have access to through the Honors College and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. This included mentorships, internships, access to research, a thesis and the opportunity and flexibility to change what I wanted to do multiple times. Another reason I decided on Oregon State was because of the Pac-12 atmosphere. I have always enjoyed watching sports, so I liked the appeal of being able to root for my school at a Division I level. In most cases, having Division I sports at school means a big university with large class sizes. By choosing the Honors College at Oregon State, I was given the best of both worlds: small class sizes but the big school atmosphere. This was a perfect combination with a majority of the things I wanted in my university. 

During my time at Oregon State, I have joined a few clubs and am involved in Greek life. I am president of Sigma Delta Omega, Oregon State’s sorority for women in science! I have also been a resident assistant in the residence halls so I know a lot about life on campus.

I know college can be a scary transition, especially coming from out-of-state. As an Honors College Ambassador, I am here to help you in any way I can! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about the Honors College, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Greek Life, moving to OSU from out-of-state or anything else!