After visiting Western’s beautiful campus for the first-time Paloma Ovesen immediately fell in love with the lush green landscape of the Bellingham area. This attraction of the outdoors, as well as Western's small class sizes, led Paloma to move away from her hometown in Yakima, Washington to pursue an undergrad at Western Washington University. Originally, Paloma was interested in earning a business degree, but after her first year at Western she realized that Communication Studies would be a better fit because she has a natural talent for engaging with people.
Paloma, now a 21-year-old Senior at Western reflected on what she appreciates about the Communication Studies major “I love this major because it teaches me everything I had always wondered and observed about people and the way they relate and communicate with each other.” Besides being a busy student, Paloma is involved with other various activities. She is a part of the LEADS program on campus which focuses on the growth of emerging and existing student leaders. Currently, Paloma is teaching leadership skills to different social groups across campus as a student leader. In addition, one of her biggest hobbies is photography, she loves taking pictures of nature and people. On top of these extra-curricular activities, Paloma is an experienced lifeguard and swim instructor at the Rec Center “I enjoy the job because I get to teach swimming skills to children. I like teaching and inspiring children, so this job gives me that ability. When lifeguarding, I improve my skills in CPR and emergency response so that I can be fully capable of assisting others in emergency situations.”
What does Paloma do when she has spare time? She loves attending the various shows that the performing arts department puts on due to her appreciation for professional plays and dances. In fact, Paloma loves dancing so much that she says Multicultural Dance was her favorite class while attending college as a Viking.
With the unique experiences of taking part of the LEADS program, being adventurous with photography, and having coaching skills for young kids it’s easy to imagine that Paloma will be prepared to take on life after Western. Once graduated, Paloma is weighing her options with either working in public relations, event planning, or human resources. Furthermore, Paloma has her sights set on continuing her passion for photography by starting her own business.
Faces of WWU is a series of interviews in which we get to learn about different people at Western as they tell us about themselves, their time here and their hopes for the future.