Western Washington University Alumni Association

Teralyn Dorst

Major - Undeclared
Hometown - Everett, Washington

I attended Cascade High School in Everett, WA and I just graduated. Deciding on a college was difficult because of financial issues, but I had always loved Western and my mom went there, so she agreed that I should attend Western in fall of 2012. However, money was still a problem, so I had to find a way to make things work. That’s when I found the Western Washington Alumni Scholarship. Because my mom had gone to Western, I thought this was the ideal scholarship for me and it was easy to respond to the questions because they address my passions and interests. I am interested in pursuing a career in communications, including public relations, so that in the future I can plan events for a non-profit organization. I love giving back to the community and I know Western has the HELP program so I am extremely excited to continue my leadership and volunteer work made possible by this scholarship!

“I owe my thanks to the Alumni Association for having faith in what I did in my high school and hope in what I will continue to do at Western.”

This scholarship has impacted my life by providing me the opportunity to actually live in Bellingham and attend Western Washington University. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to attend Western because of financial problems and the commute from Everett is too far; therefore, I would have been attending a community college. Now I can follow my dreams of entering a university right out of high school, just like my mom did when she attended Western.

When I’m not studying, I like to spend time with my friends, and I especially like doing outdoor activities with them.

Many of my experiences volunteering in and out of school have impacted my life. From my participation in my high school’s food drive, I really learned how dedicating just a little of my time can impact an entire family. When I was bringing boxes of food to the families, I could see what a difference it was making as their smiles started getting bigger and they got teary-eyed. I love making a difference in people’s lives by volunteering, so my participation in those different activities has really just taught me how much I can help people with simple actions.


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