Western Washington University Alumni Association

Mallory Suggs

Major - Marine Biology
Hometown - Snohomish, WA

“After I graduate from Western with my bachelor's in Marine Biology, I hope to obtain a job in marine conservation working on a research vessel.”

During my first two years of high school I worked hard and was able to achieve a 4.0 grade point average. Throughout those two years, though, I was in classes with students and teachers who didn’t care at all about learning. Because of this I decided to join the Ocean Research College Academy my junior year through Everett Community College. Because I was now a full-time college student and taking more challenging classes, I was no longer able to keep my 4.0 GPA. This affected the scholarships I was able to receive because there were other students who had stayed in high school and earned a higher GPA than mine. When I found the Western Alumni Association Leader Scholarship, I thought that it would be a good one to apply to because it wasn’t based solely on GPA. I also thought it would be beneficial for me to apply to the scholarship because my dad, uncle, and grandpa attended Western Washington University and my grandma worked there.

This scholarship has impacted my life greatly because I don’t have to worry about working as much during the school year. This is very important to me because I will be taking many science classes, which require a lot of studying. Without this scholarship I would have to push myself to take a full course load as well as work as much as possible. If I were to be working my grades might suffer because of my lack of time to study. It is also helpful because my parents will not have to worry about helping me pay the extra money.

When I’m not studying I like to stay active. For the last two years I have taken ballet classes and this last year I started taking acrobatics classes. I love being able to do something that I enjoy while getting exercise. I also was on my high school bowling team for the last four years and my senior year I was the team captain. I like being outside doing things such as camping and hiking, especially with my family. If the weather doesn’t allow me to do outdoor activities, reading is a favorite of mine.

There has been no significant event in my life that has shaped me into the person I am today. Although some people may look at that and think that it is necessary to have a moment like this, I am thankful for it. Most of the moments that people experience that change their perception of life are somber events. I am grateful that I have not had an experience like that yet in my life, especially because I am happy with the person I have become just throughout every-day life.



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