Western Washington University Alumni Association

Emily Tripp

Major - Biology
Hometown - Arlington, WA

“I love the attitude of the students here on campus, and Bellingham is unmatched in terms of community and beauty."

As a high school student, I was dead set on attending a private institution. However, after calculating four years worth of costs for my undergraduate education, I realized there was no way I could afford going to a private college. I picked Western not because it was my first choice, but because it was the only choice that made sense. However, after being at this university for a year, I don't think I could've picked a better college. My class sizes are honestly something to brag about, and the instruction I have received here is truly above and beyond. I love absolutely everything about Western, and couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. I am still trying to find any way that I can to offset my educational expenses, so I continue to apply for scholarships. Obtaining this scholarship was really exciting for me and will help me tremendously.

This scholarship has opened up many more opportunities for me, especially in terms of where I take my education. I plan on becoming a doctor primarily involved with alternative medicine, and this scholarship will help me reduce the cost of my undergraduate degree so I can attend medical school. This scholarship is more than just money however, it has instilled confidence in myself as I apply for more scholarships and continue with my education.

During high school I stayed quiet and behind the scenes until senior year when I decided to plunge myself into every activity that interested me. I found that it dramatically heightened my experiences in high school. I became class treasurer, tennis team captain, link crew leader, was involved with multiple wind ensembles, and worked in community service through National Honor Society. I found that I have the most fun and meet the most people when I really become involved. I think people are truly meant to work together, and there is nothing more satisfying than working on a project with others and watching it succeed.

When I'm not studying, I am typically practicing flute or piano. Music has always been a huge part of my life, both spiritually and physically, and it helps give me a break from school. I want to keep music reserved as a release, and not a career. I am involved with Western's Wind Symphony, Orchestra, and Woodwind Quintet, as well as taking flute lessons with Lisa McCarthy (one of the many professors that go above and beyond like I mentioned).


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