Major - Special Education
Hometown - Longmont, CO
“It is quite an honor to be selected, for it allows me to realize that I have great academic achievements and am an active member on the Western Campus, and lets me know that my hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.”
I am a freshman here at Western Washington University and am from Colorado. I am majoring in special education and just completed my first year in the program at the Woodring College of Education. I have maintained a 4.0 my whole life. As a freshman, I wanted to become as involved on campus as I could. I participated in many clubs and events, including intramurals (soccer and volleyball), knitting club, hall council, National Residence Hall Honorary, and attended many athletic events, residence hall and campus events, campus talks and plays. I think that being so involved and showing such school commitment and pride is one of the things that led to me receiving this scholarship. I plan on continuing this involvement and school pride and making Western’s campus the best it can possibly be for my coming years as a Viking.
This scholarship has definitely impacted my life. I am from Colorado, so paying for out-of-state tuition is tough. Both of my parents worked long and hard to provide for my family and to send me to my dream school, Western. With out-of-state tuition so high, I feel as though I am a burden on my family financially. But, with the help of the scholarship, it will allow me to feel more at ease and rest assured knowing that this award will help my family pay for my college expenses. It will also help me rest assured knowing that my brother (who is a freshman in high school) will be able to attend his dream college, as I did, no matter the cost, because my family is saving money thanks to this scholarship.
My sophomore year of high school during soccer season, I suffered a severe concussion. I endured symptoms such as impaired vision, balance problems, and cognitive and memory issues. I had previously been advanced in math, and this concussion led me to many difficulties with math content. This concussion kept me from school for 5 weeks, and I didn’t return to complete the school year. I also didn’t get cleared for 8 weeks. I had vision and balance therapy, and had to work extra hard to regain my math skills. I did this by working extra with my math teacher and a peer tutor. I eventually regained my skills and placed so high on the math placement test that I didn’t have to take any prerequisite math courses before entering Woodring. This experience has definitely changed the way I live my life. First, I know that if you want something bad enough, and are willing to give it your all, you can do it. At points I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to be back to how I was before the incident, but, I was motivated and believed and worked my hardest, and I am now better than ever. Next, I know that you should never take anything for granted, including your health. For the longest time, I wanted to play collegiate soccer. But, in the blink of an eye, that was taken from me. I now live every moment to the fullest, cherish everything and don’t take anything from granted. Last, I give everything I do my 100%. I know that there are people out there that can’t do what I do or don’t have the opportunities that I do. So, when I do anything, I give it my all.
When I am not studying, I do many things for fun. First, I love to spend time outdoors hiking, kayaking or just soaking up the sun. I love to spend time with nature and take in all the great sites and weather that Washington has to offer. Furthermore, I love to just be active. I love working out and partaking in athletics, as I have participated in many sports throughout my life. I also like to read for pleasure and to watch T.V. Likewise, I love spending time with my friends, frome something as simple as a movie night with pizza to exploring a new place.