Elia Freedman '97 and Esther (Coppedge) Freedman '98

My wife and I met while attending Pacific University.


It was 1995. I had transferred the year before from University of Cincinnati with all my basic classes and two years of engineering behind me. I was to graduate in 1997 with a bachelor’s of science in business admin/accounting and minor in computer science. Esther was to graduate in 1998 with a creative writing bachelor’s of art and Baccalaureate in Education. I thought it would be fun to take a creative writing class (talk about a fish out of water). The first week, as I looked around the room, I noticed this beautiful girl with the perfect part in her hair and cool shoes.

I waited patiently for a chance to meet her. Our first assignment came due and she waited to speak to the teacher. I asked her if she would like to get together to compare papers. The next Monday, we got together and started talking but never did we get to the papers! Through the course of the evening, Esther went from dating someone, to kind of seeing someone, to breaking up with him, to barely dating anyway. At the end, I asked if she would like to out Friday night and she said, no. She had to tape a show for a friend … and after a pause … how about Sunday instead?

You should know that I traded my 4.0 GPA for my wife. I got my first B (only one of two while at Pacific) in this class. I’d make the same deal all over again.

We married in 2000, had out first child in February 2006. I got two great things from Pacific: an excellent education and the love of my life. What more could I ask for?


Posted by Martha Calus-Mclain (calu0689@pacificu.edu) on Jan 31, 2011 at 2:10 PM

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