Western Washington University Alumni Association

Anonymous

Major - Marine Biology
Hometown - Spokane, WA

“The Western Alumni Association has made many things possible for our university, and it gives me great pride to be personally recognized given the number of eligible applicants you had to choose from.”

One of the reasons I chose Western was because of its biology and oceanography studies that take place at Shannon Point. In addition, the Environmental Science department through Huxley is one of the best in the region.

With a degree in Marine Biology and a minor in Energy Science, I will continue to pursue my dream of becoming a marine biologist and energy researcher. From a young age, I have always been interested in  marine life and more recently the repercussions that humans have inflicted on these biospheres. In addition, the demand for renewable energy is greater than ever. Since I admire the sciences, I dream of using my combined skill set and love for oceanography to develop alternative sources of energy, solutions that will benefit people nationally and power the future. In addition, I want to help develop newly-emerging geothermal and tidal energy sectors.

I am currently a junior majoring in Marine Biology and minoring in Energy Science and Psychology with a cumulative GPA of 3.28. I have completed a total of 135 credit hours (90 of which have been here at Western) as a full-time student for the last two years. My goal is to complete my Bachelor of Science degree here at Western Washington University, graduate in the Spring of 2017, and then move into the world of research, developing and expanding alternative sources of energy. By being a recipient of the WWU Alumni Association Scholarship for Undergraduate Students, I am able to concentrate on what is important to me: my education.

My family has encountered many obstacles over the past few years from job loss to cancer treatment. Any financial assistance not only benefits me, but my family as well.

In my experience through the Boy Scouting organization, I have always had a personal aspiration of leaving a positive impression wherever my travels might take me.  According to Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement, the goal should always be to “try and leave this world a little bit better than you found it.” His advice continues to inspire me daily.

When I am not studying, I enjoy doing anything in the outdoors: backpacking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, rockclimbing, and x-country skiing. In addition, I play on the Western Quidditch team.

 

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