Life is a journey, and no matter how meticulously one plans, the pandemic has taught us we can never plan for everything. Roseburg native, Melissa Wilkins, a nursing student and newly elected ASUCC vice president, knows this truth all too well. “I started UCC originally at the end of 2018.Continue Reading

Graduation is fast approaching and the end of spring term is on many students’ minds, but the student government election results are not to be overlooked. This election ASUCC had four applicants apply for three positions. Two applicants applied for vice president and the applicant not elected into office by studentsContinue Reading

Life changes in unexpected ways, but for UCC student and library worker Ashley Swearingen, change happened fast and derailed her life. While striving toward her goal of working in a museum living in Portland three years ago, Swearingen began having severe migraines, neck pain, and vertigo likely related to aContinue Reading

Outstanding Student Award recipient and engineering transfer student, Hector Cardenas, does not relish the spotlight. When he was nominated for an outstanding student achievement award, some aggressive cajoling was involved to convince this remote student to drive from his present home in Portland to attend the 2022 student achievement ceremony atContinue Reading

The Associated Students of Umpqua Community College leadership team is currently holding elections for officer positions. ASUCC plans and executes weekly events on campus, confers with planning committees and actively influences the campus learning environment. Known as student government, this collective of students is responsible for the myriad of activitiesContinue Reading

Mind over matter may be seen as a mantra for achievement, but most successful people suggest taking a break and re-evaluating how sustained herculean effort affects health. One UCC student shared his story about finding balance through school. Kodi Fisher, a second-year UCC student, spent five years of  his youngContinue Reading

For many students, funding for college is the difference between following a career path that aligns with their passions or just getting a job.   College students have the unique struggle of trying to prioritize school while being continually pressured to prioritize everything else. The Revealing Institutional Strengths and Challenges groupContinue Reading

As a wrap up to our series on mental health, The Mainstream asked UCC students to share what they do to help relieve the stress and anxiety that comes from attending college during a pandemic. Within a few hours of putting out a request for information, many students sent usContinue Reading

Like many other students, Gregory Koppel, a UCC welding student, has experienced an increase in anxiety during his first year of college that has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemi­c. Koppel is a U.S. Navy veteran who decided to take on the challenge of college right after leaving the military.Continue Reading

Editor’s note: We kept student interviews anonymous because of the stigma associated with mental health. Students were all interviewed in January 2022. It starts in the belly, the knot of tension that makes every other part of the body keyed up and ready to run from a tiger; but thereContinue Reading