Western Washington University Alumni Association

Nicholas Horvath

Major - Biochemistry
Hometown - Bellingham, WA

“The WWU Alumni Association Scholarship for Undergraduate Students award will allow me to be rid of the ‘ball and chain’ also known as tuition.”

I spent the adolescent majority of my life in British Columbia, Canada. I grew up in the small town of Ladysmith consisting of only eight thousand people. It wasn't until I was fifteen that I became integrated into the American school system. The setup was completely different, but eventually I warmed up to the change and started to fulfill my dream of being a chemist. Once I graduated from Sedro Woolley High School, I began my post secondary education at Skagit Valley College. My enrollment at SVC was not of scholarly purpose, but because the tuition was cheap and campus was close to home; this way I could pay off my bills and live free. After graduating from SVC, double majoring in Physics Engineering and Chemistry, I set forth to applying to both UW and WWU. While I was accepted to both, Seattle was not my favorite choice for undergrad enrollment,so I chose WWU. I am currently a senior at WWU with a major in Biochemistry.

This scholarship will allow me to live a more stress-free life; stress is the worst enemy any student can have, and I am beyond thankful that my grades will not suffer because of such a circumstance. While this scholarship will not allow me to quit working, it will allow for a pillow in case of any unfortunate shortcomings I may have in the future.

When I am not studying or working I am sleeping. It's a sad life, but it's mine. Usually the two alone take up my entire day. If by chance there is a narrow window of time for me to do anything, I visit family, volunteer when I can, or mosey around the house.


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