Major - Environmental Science
Hometown - Auburn, WA
“I cannot possibly thank you enough for recognizing all my hard work and seeing my potential when no one else would.”
Last year I was lucky enough to be a recipient of the WWU Alumni Association Scholarship for Undergraduate Students. This scholarship provided me with a sense of security throughout the academic year. When it came time to apply for scholarships for next year, the WWU Alumni Association Scholarship for Undergraduate Students was the first on my list. I feel that the WWU Alumni Association and I share similar values. My whole life all I have wanted to do is make a positive impact on the world. I always have wanted to act as a leader in the community to make a difference and to lead others to do the same. Since first coming to Western, I feel like my opportunities to work toward that dream quadrupled. Between becoming an active member of the south campus community and the Western community as a Lead Eco Rep for all of south campus to the Sustainable Action Fund grant proposal for the 2016-2017 school year I am currently working on, I have watched myself blossom at Western. It was because of this active participation in the WWU community that I thought applying for this scholarship would be a great idea.
This scholarship has impacted my life by freeing me from some of the financial burden of student loans. I was attending Western on 100% student loans my freshman year, which put me and my family in a lot of debt. When I first received this scholarship, it provided me with a sense of security throughout the academic year. I spent less time worrying about how I was going to pay for college. This academic year, the scholarship will provide me with the same sense of security. More of my time can be spent now on studying and learning all I can, so I may use my acquired knowledge to help the world. That is what this money is truly going toward. The Alumni Association is funding my goals, my passions and my dreams. For that I am eternally grateful.
Sixth grade is when my passion for the environment was sparked. I was attending sixth grade camp and we were taking samples from a lake. I remember seeing all the different life forms in the water samples and thinking how amazing the natural world was. I wanted so desperately to know more about the environment and how it all worked together in perfect harmony. That little camp activity is what got me started on the path I’m on today. Over the years I have continued learning more and more about ecology, and the environmental issues that are threatening our planet. It is my deepest desire to help protect the environment of our planet, but in order to do so I must be equipped with thorough knowledge of all aspects of the ecosystem and the environmental threats it faces. This is why I want to continue my education at WWU and go on to graduate with a degree in environmental science.
When I am not studying, I like to go hiking or swimming for fun when the weather is nice. If the weather is not so nice, I love to paint, or do any type of artwork for that matter. I also really enjoy writing poetry.