As I walked through the WSU campus for the last time, a flood of emotions washed over me, signaling the culmination of my academic journey. “This is it,” I thought; my time here has reached its conclusion. A feeling of satisfaction and curiosity swept over me. I realized that I was on the brink of completing my bachelor’s degree in strategic communication, a goal I had set for myself since fifth grade. My curiosity arose from the unknown future that lay ahead, coupled with the excitement of embarking on a new chapter in my life. I absorbed all the experiences, holding them close, fully aware that I would need to reflect on these moments in the future. I was delighted with the overall outcome. Amidst moments of laughter, satisfaction, and stress, my journey at WSU proved to be truly one of a kind.
The support I received from the Murrow College of Communication was unparalleled. One of the main reasons I chose the major was because I heard WSU had a great communications program. I never felt unsupported. The knowledge imparted by the dedicated staff is invaluable, extending beyond the classroom into the skills I know I’ll need throughout my life.
Going to WSU, I expected that adapting to the environment would prove challenging. I actually started during the COVID pandemic when classes were online, and that took some time to get used to, but it was doable. When in-person classes resumed, the first few months were definitely difficult because I missed my family, but I slowly adjusted, getting more involved and talking to more people. I ended up enjoying it a lot more once in-person classes started.
I encourage others to cherish their time at WSU, as it passes in the blink of an eye. Embrace opportunities for involvement, and step out of your comfort zone to foster self-development. Building connections, listening, and maintaining an openness to learn are ways to have a fulfilling college experience.
Graduating in December, a departure from the traditional May ceremonies, added a uniqueness to my experience. While my peers prepared to return to Pullman in three weeks, I moved forward, grateful for the graduation option that allowed my family to witness this significant milestone. College has not only opened doors, but it has also provided me with the tools necessary to unlock countless opportunities in the workforce.
The knowledge, skills, connections, and opportunities gained at WSU are privileges that would have been difficult to find elsewhere. As I step into the next phase of my life, I carry with me my growth, achievements, and experiences that have collectively shaped who I am today.