From Small-Town Roots to Academic Heights: My Journey at WSU

Growing up in the small town of Carnation, Washington, I knew I wanted the same hometown feeling while at college.

When the time came to choose a university, Washington State University stood out to me as more than just an institution of higher learning. It represented opportunity, a college town, and a chance to pursue my passions in an environment that felt like home.

Like most of my family who attended WSU, the university captivated me from the moment I set foot on its grounds. I loved how it was big enough to where I didn’t know everyone, but small enough that I would see people I knew while out and about. 

As a freshman, I didn’t know what major I wanted. My dad reminded me how I am good at communicating with people, so I took a “Media and Society” class and loved how I could relate to everything we learned. 

Choosing strategic communication as a major with a degree in public relations and being part of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication felt right. It was the best decision I could have made because of the endless possibilities I was presented with to grow my knowledge in strategic communication. 

WSU provided me with opportunities to get involved and connect with other students who are just as passionate and driven as I am. Whether it was joining Kappa Delta and making new friends, or being part of Crimson Creative, the National Student Advertising Competition, and the Public Relations Student Society of America, I formed lifelong friendships and memories that will always hold a special place in my heart.  

From cheering on the Cougars at Martin Stadium to watching “The Bachelor” with my friends, my time at WSU is filled with unforgettable experiences that shaped me into the person I am today. 

During my time at WSU, I served as a Browse newsletter intern at the Terrell and Holland Libraries, where I gained hands-on experience in journalism and social media. From writing profiles on WSU library staff to making fun, informative TikToks, my role allowed me to perfect skills I will use for my future career.

As I prepare to graduate from WSU, I am filled with a sense of excitement and anticipation for the journey that lies ahead. After I graduate, I will travel around Europe and move across the country to Washington, D.C. I am excited to challenge myself with these big changes, but I know WSU has set me up for success.