Garret’s Path to Western
Garret Riskey, a fourth-year student, knew Western Colorado University was for him soon after they reached out to him personally while he was still in high school.
“Having a school reach out to me was a great feeling and got me interested enough to plan a visit,” Riskey said. “After seeing how beautiful the campus was, how accessible the mountains were and how friendly the students and professors were, I knew I wanted Gunnison to be my new home.”
Fast-forward three years and Riskey, who is set to graduate in May of 2021, made the most of his time at Western. Riskey is the president of the Ebb & Flow club on campus, a club he joined his first year here.
“As a club we participate in club fairs where we are able to meet potential club members,” Riskey said. “We also enjoy participating in community events such as walking Santa up to the tree on Night of Lights, Fire Spinning at Vinotok in Crested Butte and performing at campus events such as the annual drag show.”
Riskey is studying Business Administration. In high school he was involved in DECA, a club that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, and thought that choosing business would be something not only he excelled in but that he was passionate about.
“I know that business can be used in whatever profession I chose so, for someone who still does not quite know what they want to do after school it feels like a secure major,” said Riskey.
Another way Riskey stays involved on campus is through his work-study job with the Grounds Maintenance department which he has had since 2018.
“The work changes with the seasons so my job never gets boring,” Riskey said. “My work schedule is very flexible around my classes so working and getting an education is not just possible but enjoyable.”
Plans for the Future
After graduating Riskey hopes to be able to stay in the Valley for at least another year so he can enjoy the recreation opportunities it has to offer. Riskey’s advice for new students is to take classes seriously and to not overload yourself.
“It is not hard to do well in class if you put the appropriate time and effort in,” said Riskey. “However, if you are in class during the day and working nights and weekends as well as trying to be part of the community and have a social life, it gets very difficult. Make sure to organize your schedule and prioritize your classes.”
Author Credit: Caitlin Gleason
Photo Credit: Katie Lyons