Finals (Fashion) Week

As Fashion Weeks around the world are showing off Fall 2016 collections, ducks are showing off their best (and worst) finals style. These three students are giving us serious motivation to get out of our sweats and “workout” clothes. Read below to find out more about how they’re getting through finals and what they are doing for spring break. From us here at Dressed Up Ducks, we wish you good luck on your exams and a fun spring break. You deserve it!


Name: Callie S.

Year: Freshman

Major: Undeclared, but interested in sociology

Hometown: Oregon City, Oregon

Do you have any big spring break plans? I’m going to Canon Beach with my mom. We are going to do a little spa thing. So that will be fun. And then I’ll go camping with a friend up in the Gorge. I’m not sure where yet, but we will be camping. So that will be fun and pretty relaxed. I’m also going snowboarding at Timberline Lodge or Meadows Ski Resort at Mount Hood.

Do you like to spend a lot of time outdoors? Yes I’m very outdoorsy. I’m just excited to get out and not do school work.

Is your style affected by finals? Oh yeah. The other day, I was pretty cozy, and today I feel like looking like I’m not being lazy. I want people to think, “Oh she doesn’t look like she’s being affected by finals.” You know what I mean? You can tell when people think I’m lazy and tired because I can totally understand that. But usually, when you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you look good.

What is getting you through finals? A lot of coffee. A lot of “Parks and “Recreation.” And a lot of Spotify. I’ve been listening to a lot of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and the Growlers too.




Name: Zachariah P.

Year: Sophomore

Major: Architecture

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

How is your finals week going? Fine. I just got a couple of projects wrapped up. I’m on my way to the craft center. We have to get a book bound for human context of design. It’s an architecture class. We had to do a case study of a place around campus and study it. There is a lot of stuff like circulation and usability and traces and proxemics and all kinds of stuff that we had to look at. My partner and I did the Elk Horn Brewery just down the street. So, there was a lot of just sitting around and marking where people were. Other than that, it’s just an essay and three finals.

Do you have any big spring break plans? I have a job interview. I was recommended for a job. So I’m meeting with the guy who is the head of hiring at this firm in Portland called ZGF. That’s for this summer, and that’s next Friday actually. I don’t think I’m nervous yet. I probably will be on Friday morning. Now it’s too far away. I have too much other shit to do right now.

Will it be a big opportunity for your career? It could be because it’s all about getting exposure. It’s rare to get a big job like that really early. I just happened to have a connection to one of the accredited professionals there, which is the reason I got interested in architecture in the first place.

What’s your career goal in architecture? We’ll see. I haven’t decided if I’m going to end up starting my own thing yet. We’ll see. I’m more interested in doing competition firm stuff because there is a lot more design happening.

What is getting you through finals? I always listen to music. I always have my headphones on. Right now, Spoon is still playing. It’s “Knock Knock Knock.”

What types of music do you listen to while studying? It depends. If it’s a lot of reading, I have a reading playlist on Spotify that’s mostly classical and instrumental stuff. Other than that, it just kind of depends on the mood that I need. Music for me can set a tone really strictly. So, it’s kind of important what I have playing, but it all depends on the mood I’m in that day and what I have to get done.

What’s your finals music mood? It’s a lot of Spoon and Arctic Monkeys stuff because for my finals, there is only one that I really have to think that hard about. It’s mostly about making myself do it.

So it’s motivation? Exactly. As opposed to the kind of droney stuff that I listen to more if I actually am trying to get something in my head.




Name: Lydia B.

Year: Freshman

Major: Education

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Why did you decide to study education? I really like kids. I’ve been working with kids for the past three years. I really think that teaching makes a positive difference.

What age do you want to teach? Fourth grade. I work best with ages around 8 to 9. So third grade works too. Since I’ve had so much experience working with kids, I’ve found that I connect best with kids around that age.

Do you have any big spring break plans? Not specifically. I hope I’m going hiking at the Gorge. I’m from Portland. So it’s pretty close. I have this huge passion for hiking. I love being in nature. It’s actually one of my dreams to hike the Pacific Crest Trail after college.

What is getting you through finals? Just a lot of studying. Just setting aside a lot of time just to study.

What have you been doing when you’re not studying? I’ve just been hanging out with friends in the dorm and stuff. It’s just really relaxing. It’s nice to be around the really supportive people that I’ve met here.

Is your style affected by finals? Finals hasn’t really affected anything, actually. I’m dressing the same way I have been.

How would you describe your style? Honestly, it depends. I prefer dresses and skirts to jeans. I like lipstick a lot. I feel a lot freer in them (skirts and dresses). I don’t feel as constrained necessarily.


Words by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, @HSteinkopfFrank

Photos by Elinor Manoogian-O’Dell,@ElinormODell and Hannah Steinkopf-Frank


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