Western Washington University Alumni Association

Alexandra Dacones

Major - English Literature w/ Secondary Endorsement and Middle Level Humanities Endorsement
Hometown - Woodinville, WA

“I am so excited to not only educate, but impact students’ lives each day for the rest of my life.”

Never did I believe I’d be receiving a college education. I’m the first person in my family to go to college. In 7th grade, I realized what I wanted to do for the rest of my life—not only educate, but impact students’ lives each day. After college, I hope to be a secondary education English teacher. I knew there would be no way I could pursue this career without receiving a higher education. Throughout my middle and high school career, I was a very involved student and also maintained a high grade point average while taking honors and AP courses. Since middle school, I have been involved with sports, ASB and volunteering in various schools. I knew that in order for me to go to college, I’d have to find a way to pay for it. I went through the Running Start program at my local community college, so I entered in to Western with my associate degree. During my first year at Western, I was able to pay for college with financial aid and many various scholarships. I’ve been tremendously thankful for all the financial support; I would not be able to pursue my dreams without this help. So far at Western, I’ve been a member of the Student Washington Education Association Club and our Varsity Cheer Team. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer at Fairhaven Middle School in a 7th grade classroom.

The WWU Alumni Association Scholarship has lessened the financial burden of college. Receiving this scholarship has allowed me to worry less about how I’m going to pay for college and worry more about my education and extracurricular activities. This scholarship has enabled me to continue my dreams of becoming a secondary education English teacher. In spring of 2017, I will be receiving my bachelor’s degree and then going on to Western’s Master in Teaching program. I wouldn’t be able to easily pursue my education without the help from this scholarship.

A middle school teacher truly impacted my life, which is why I want to become a secondary education English teacher. If it weren't for this amazing educator, I would not be pursuing an education at WWU. Many students out there need a teacher who not only cares about their education but also their well-being, and I want to be that person. I hope students know that they are never alone. I would not be where I am today if it weren't for the teacher I met in middle school.

When I'm not studying, I enjoy adventuring Bellingham and spending time with friends. My favorite thing to do is volunteer in various classrooms.

 

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