Reilly Thomer has been coming to Western’s campus since before she could walk. For 18 years she has been regularly visiting campus waiting for her turn to come when she too could proudly wear the blue and whites that her parents did. Now a sophomore and 19, Reilly has recently applied to her major, Manufacturing Engineering.
“When I was a little kid my parents would take me down to the Ross Engineering and Technology building. Where professors would noticed a child admiring the large engine model downstairs in front of the vehicle research institute, and then they would turn it on for me,” Reilly said. With these cherished memories it's no surprise that her favorite class thus far has been Engineering 170, Material Science. Reilly is part of 3 different engineering clubs, including Westerns Society of Automotive Engineers Formula Race Team, a club that her parents had been apart of in their time here.
After Reilly graduates from Western she wants to to study at a Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, a university in Kleve, Germany that opened in 2009. After she gets her master’s degree Reilly has her sights set on working for John Deere or International Harvester.
When Reilly isn’t in school or studying she volunteers at the John Deere Cascade Two-Cylinder Club where she drives, fixes and teaches people about tractors in Lynden, WA. She also still manages to find time to be apart of a competitive co-ed soccer team year round.
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.