Annelise Rue-Johns

Annelise Rue-Johns Attends the UO in Part Due to a Scholarship from the UOAA’s Seattle Ducks chapter.

By UO student Chelsea Fullmer

Some students are drawn to the UO by its athletic programs. Some travel simply to get away from home. And others are enticed by none other than the pure beauty of the school. Annelise Rue-Johns came because of the trees.

“I just really like how green it is,” said Rue-Johns.

Hailing from the Evergreen state up north, the freshman and UOAA’s Seattle Ducks chapter scholarship recipient ventured to Eugene with a focus on environmental sciences. In the Robert D. Clark Honors College and the environmental sciences program in the College of Arts and Sciences, Rue-Johns came to the UO because of its beauty, atmosphere, and academic programs.

Graduating from Henry Ross High School in Tacoma, Washington, Rue-Johns kept herself active in the environmental community; a community that eventually drew her to the UO. With an interest in biology and botany, Rue-Johns interned for the Puget Sound Restoration Society. The experience of the internship helped shape her decision in which major she was interested in, as well as which school provided such opportunity.

“That (internship) really made me realize that what I really want to do is work outside, kind of restoring the natural area, and environmental science is a good major for that,” Rue-Johns said.

During spring break of her junior year of high school, Rue-Johns toured numerous schools in the Pacific Northwest, knowing she wanted to stay near green and beautiful landscapes.

Since her arrival at the UO, Rue-Johns has jumped into introductory courses for environmental sciences and is also considering a math minor. Part of the environmental sciences program is a campus community connection portion, where students volunteer with various group across the Eugene and Springfield areas. Thus far, Rue-Johns has worked with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides.

Besides hiking Spencer’s Butte, enjoying the campus as an arboretum, and delving into her courses and volunteer work, Rue-Johns also enjoys the atmosphere and community of the UO.

“There’s such an inclusive community here,” said Rue-Johns, who currently resides in the newest residence hall building on campus, Global Scholars Hall. “I know everyone on my floor. Everyone is accepting of each other.”

As a scholarship recipient, Rue-Johns was granted funds from the UOAA’s Seattle Ducks chapter, then known as the Puget Sound Ducks. Surprised and grateful for the scholarship, it allowed her to concentrate on her studies and settle into the new environment by not working this year. As she goes forward through her next three years at the UO she is excited to learn more, meet more people, and become more independent.