Western Washington University Alumni Association

Sarah Idczak

Major - Environmental Policy
Hometown - Anacortes, WA

Since coming to Western as a freshman, I have become a much more educated and aware adult. I have studied hard, changed my major, made amazing friendships, explored the Northwest, studied in Spain, and gained skills that I will use throughout my life and career. The scholarship I received from the Alumni Association my freshman year helped me greatly as I settled into college. Last spring, with one more year to go before graduation, I applied for an Alumni Association scholarship again. I am very grateful for the Alumni Association’s renewed financial support of my education.

“With this financial support, I will not have to work during the school year and will have more time to study and explore my options after I graduate Winter Quarter.”

This scholarship will enable me to concentrate more fully on studying and getting the most out of my last few quarters at Western, and spend less time and energy figuring out how to pay for tuition, books, and rent. Especially in these difficult economic times, I am extremely honored and grateful to receive this scholarship and the support of the Western Alumni Association.

When I’m not studying, I can usually be found outside hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing, and sailing. I also spend time cooking, knitting, writing and trying to learn how to play guitar.

I grew up on nine acres along the Nooksack River. My family did not have television, we heated our house with wood from our own land and we grew a significant amount of our own food. This experience profoundly shaped who I am. No matter what I end up doing with my life, the self-reliance, creativity, and mindfulness of my environment that I learned by growing up in the woods will always be important to me.


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