Graduation Year: 2020
How did you discover Western?
I grew up in Crested Butte, so I have known about Western my whole life, but it wasn’t until I was a sophomore at Colorado State University that I came to know how truly amazing Western is. I went to CSU because I wanted to experience something different and farther from home, but I did not like how impersonal and large everything was, and I wanted to be able to ski after class everyday. I wanted to come back to the mountains and have smaller and more intimate class sizes, so I transferred to Western! It was the best decision I have ever made!
What are some of the highlights of your time at Western?
I love everything about being at Western. I love the small discussion based classes and the relationships I get to build with my professors and classmates. I love how many different things are going on at Western all the time and how involved students can become. I am the president of Western’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, an honors leadership service organization across the country. I have loved being involved with this organization because it brings service opportunities to Western’s campus.
What most excites you about your major?
I love my major because I get to learn about the complexities of the world. In Sociology we learn about what role society plays in the shaping of humans. It is very interesting because I never knew how much of life is socially and culturally constructed. I also love learning about social justice and how to combat inequalities.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
The Gunnison Valley is my favorite place in the world. I love all the outdoor opportunities that come with living here. I love backpacking, climbing mountains, rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, and generally anything that gets me outside, so Gunnison is the perfect place for me. I also love how small of a community Gunnison has. Everyone watches out for each other, and people care about others more than in big cities. I am so happy and feel so lucky that I get to live in such an amazing place!