Western Washington University Alumni Association

Ariana Hoyer

Major - Communication Studies & Spanish
Hometown - Vancouver, WA

“I highly value my education and I am so grateful that you are willing to help me gain a high quality education."

Ever since I was a kid, I was taught that responsibility and working hard were the only way to succeed. Because of this attitude, I have always been determined to do whatever I need to in order to accomplish my goals. My current biggest goal is to graduate college, and in order to do that, I have to work and apply for scholarships. In addition to school, I participate in leadership activities at WWU, which led me to apply to the Alumni Association Leader Scholarship.

As I am responsible for funding my own education. I am reliant upon working, scholarships and other financial aid in order to continue attending college. With this scholarship, I am able to spend less time working and worrying about money and dedicate more time to my studies.

When not studying, I like to read, swim and volunteer at KUGS-FM. In addition, I am part of hall council and enjoy planning events for my residence hall.

When I was in elementary school, my best friend's mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Over the next few years, she fought fiercely on the path to recovery. During this time, my aunt, the mother of another one of my closest friends, passed away suddenly from lung cancer, along with a few other distant family members. My friend's mom eventually passed away when I was in high school. The struggle my loved ones faced inspired me to become involved with Relay for Life and later develop my own fundraiser to raise money for cancer research in order to help prevent future people from dealing with similar situations. These losses have helped me to have a different attitude towards life because I know that life is short and it is important to live big and love life since this is the one shot I get.




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