Students and staff take over the courts for a basketball tournament! Fans crowd the bleachers to cheer on their friends as they compete in a series of games for fun and bragging rights.
Psychology + Neuroscience students cycle through various stations where they attempt different mental health practices. First, Lead Instructor Lori leads guides through a meditation and reflection. Second, Instructional Coach Ryan leads them in creating lists of gratitude. Finally, their Teaching Fellow Maddie directs students as they create emotional caterpillars using Play-Doh and any feelings students may be experiencing in the moment.
Business students work to perfect their proposals. They share their ideas and slideshow with their teaching fellow to allow for tweaks to be made. Then, they step into a board room for a secondary guest consultation as they prepare for the final presentations later in the week.
Michaela sits for a brief interview to discuss her Medical Rotations Concentration. She shares her excitement for learning about various fields of medicine, volunteering, and what's waiting for her outside EXPLO.
Students join together on the quad for a Murder Mystery Party. Everyone adopts new personas with intertwined histories at Bergoff's Birthday — right before they drop dead! It is then up to students to investigate and discover who murdered them, and for what nefarious purpose.
Students meet in the lab to practice investigation procedures. From sampling and identifying different liquids to examining these samples under a microscope, students get a hands-on understanding of how investigators gather information from a crime scene. They then put that knowledge to the test as they examine old cases and research why the trail went cold.
Dr. Marc Tetel joins Psychology + Neuroscience students for a presentation and brain dissections. He discusses how gut biology as students ask questions about how diet affects brain chemistry. Then, they don their lab coats and open their surgical tool kit to examine the sheep brains prepared for them on the dissection tables.
Stokes sits for a brief interview outside on a break from hanging with his friends. He describes his favorite moments from the summer, the things he's learning, and the road trip to visit colleges he's looking forward to on the way home.
Downtown Portland welcomes students with its signature shops, tastes, and sights. They walk with friends on the pier, feast on lobster, try new styles, find souvenirs, and pose for pictures with friends as they experience a new city.
Students enjoy their Friday afternoon before weekend trips. Competing in the Cheese Ball Olympics, telling stories as laughter erupts, and playing endless games of Gaga ball, everyone finishes out their academic week hanging out with friends.