Hannah Nordling

Hannah Nordling

Hannah Nordling


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How did you discover Western?

I came to Gunnison because I wanted to ski, and I wanted to have a culture of people who also wanted to be outside and ski. For me, being able to take the bus to Crested Butte at the end of a school day really helped to de-stress. Having a balance between work, school and fun was key for me when choosing a school, and this valley has been able to give me all of it.

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

While here at Western, I have been able to travel across the state for mock trial competitions while presenting a fake court case. I’ve also been to Virginia Beach, Virginia for an international Operation Smile conference, an organization which provides cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for children. This fall I will get to go to Washington D.C for a Model United Nations competition where I am going to represent the Nation State of Iran on the United Nations Environmental Assembly. Even though the valley may be small, I have been given the opportunity to see so much more.

What most excites you about your major?

I am a double major in History and Politics. I love these majors because the professors are both compassionate and passionate about their fields. For me, History is a fun major because it has always been something that I like to learn. I have fallen in love with Politics since taking Politics 180 my freshmen year as a general elective. It helped me realize that I want to go to law school, and that neither of my majors ties me to any specific job.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

I love being able to go to the Whitewater Park and having bonfires at Hartman Rocks Recreation Area in the summer. I also love to hike around Gothic and Ohio Creek Pass in addition to skiing at Crested Butte in the winter