Gabriel Portis

Gabriel Portis

Gabriel Portis


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How did you discover Western?

An admissions recruiter came to my high school and gave a presentation on Western. She sold it really well and was very personal to me, which I really appreciated.

What are some of the highlights of your time at Western?

Joining the Multicultural Center and becoming the President of the Asian Pacific Islanders Club are my top two highlights by far. Besides that, achieving academically, exploring the outdoors, and building a community here has been amazing. Western has also given me many opportunities inside and outside of the school. I’ve conducted psychological research and presented it at the RMPA (Rocky Mountain Psychological Association) conference. I’ve traveled to Yale University to attend the Black Solidarity conference as well as to Hawaii for a psychology class. Being a leader and embracing opportunities has lead to great experiences for me at Western.

What excites you most about your major?

I love my professors and the knowledge they gift me with. Both the Psychology and English Departments are amazing at making a personal connection with students and pushing them to excel. I’ve also had some writing published in the school magazine for English and conducted hands on research in psychology, so gaining practical experience has been great. Lastly, I’ve been a teaching assistant for both departments which has given me more experience that I can apply and put on my resume.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

The Multicultural Center at Western, and subsequently my community here Without these two things I would have struggled and not been pushed to seek more opportunities on campus.