Western Washington University Alumni Association

Kaeli Wells

Major - Environmental Science
Hometown - Flagstaff, AZ

In the younger years of my life, my mother graduated from Western Washington University with a master’s degree. This allowed me to apply for the Alumni Association Leader Scholarship in the first place. It’s because of her accomplishments that I have the ability to apply for scholarships like this, and in return be able to better myself. However, I’ve also worked extremely hard to get to the position I am in today. Grades, community service, and extracurricular activities have all been part of the process. The most important influences, however, have been my family, friends, teachers, and the freshmen students I have mentored over the past year. I owe them so much for the experiences which have made me a better person.

“In my opinion, the world tends to be a very small place and is more connected than most people believe.”

This scholarship – along with the help of other scholarships – has been the reason why I was able to attend Western Washington University in the first place. At first, attending an out-of-state college appeared to be a daunting task, but as I applied for more scholarships, the dream started to become a reality for me. Now I have the opportunity to be part of an amazing academic community in one of the most beautiful places on earth. I’m very thankful!

I absolutely adore skiing, or anything to do with the outdoors for that matter. It’s not a coincidence that I picked Bellingham as a home base; there are so many things to do! I love camping, hiking, kayaking, and taking pictures, not to mention involving myself in the community. It’s all about making the most of your life and not letting anything pass you by.

One of the events that has had the largest impact on my life happened in 5th grade when my mother decided to take an administrative job in Tuba City. Tuba City is located on the Navajo reservation in Northern Arizona- a town of only 10,000 people including the surrounding areas. Many of the streets are dirt, it’s extremely quiet, and the summers are long, but living there for three years taught me a good deal about tolerance and the Navajo culture. By living there, I was exposed to many things that many people don’t even get to experience in their life. I remember learning how to make fry bread and going out to a sheep camp- small events that have impacted my life.


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