Western Washington University Alumni Association

Michelle McCallum

Major - Mathematics and Secondary Education
Hometown - Vancouver, WA

‚ÄúThis scholarship will help me get a kick-start in learning to become a better educator for tomorrow’s youth.”

I believe I was put on this earth to help others and have always strived to do so. Throughout my years, I have spent countless hours volunteering at a Boys and Girls Club, ringing bells for The Salvation Army, visiting middle schools to educate students on the dangers of making harmful decisions, tutoring middle schoolers, volunteering at my church’s Vacation Bible School, and working at a camp for Army reservist’s children. These countless experiences have helped me become who I am.

I knew my next step was to go to college to get an education and continue my passion. However, my financial situation does not allow me to finance this next step easily. I will be receiving no financial help from my parents and the money I will use to fund my college education will be from various scholarships and loans.

This scholarship helps me get a kick-start in receiving a degree in mathematics and secondary education while not having to worry entirely on the financial aspects of college. By not having to worry on the financial aspects of college, I can focus more of my attention to my studies, which will contribute to my goals and future career.

I am a people person. I love getting together with friends and family to go bowling, walking, biking, swimming and whatever people are up to doing because I love to try new things. I also love to bake, sew and do other craft projects, watch movies, visit farmers markets, listen to music and volunteer.

In Fall 2010, I began volunteering at a local Boys & Girls Club. When I stepped foot inside the club I knew my life wouldn’t be the same. Every day I spent helping and teaching those kids, I knew working with children is what I am suppose to do. Fall 2011, I began working with my school district tutoring middle school students. The children I came across for the two years I worked as a tutor changed my life in ways that words cannot accurately explain. The job as a tutor not only made me a better person, but also enforced my passion and need to teach. Lastly, On January 11th, 2012, I finally disclosed what I thought was my Scarlett Letter, my pirate’s black spot, and in that moment, I actually felt as light as I had been pretending to be for almost sixteen months prior. I am changed forever as a rape survivor. Those are some of the most difficult words to say, let alone admit and hopefully it wasn’t for nothing and I can move on to use what I’ve learned to help others.




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