As a first generation college student I have been granted multiple opportunities at WWU that have ultimately changed my life for the better. Currently, I am part of the Operations Management program here at WWU. The Operations management focuses on the direction and control of the processes within an organization. We learn each step in providing a service or product from acquisition of the raw materials and component parts to delivery to the customer. We learn to determine what equipment, labor, tools, facilities, materials, energy, and information are required, how these can best be obtained, and how they are used to satisfy the requirements of the market place. This program may seem intense at first, but through it I have been able to leave long lasting footprints within companies such as Boeing, REI, and Horizon Air.
However, without the gift of an education from my father who passed me his GI Bill, and the help of WWU Veterans assistance center none of this would have been possible. Wendy at the WWU V.A. office has helped me through multiple paperwork mental breakdowns and always ensured that all my bases are covered. Wendy and her team are one of the big reasons why I am able to say that I am part of #WWU.
Here is a quick status update about how Western Washington University is growing! More and more students are applying to Western and why? Well, we are a great school! We are perfectly placed in-between mountains for skiing and the water for sailing. According to U.S. News and Education report Western Washington University has one of the highest acceptance rates in all the Washington leading at 84%. In 2013 the average acceptance rate was 83.7%. To say the least, Western is steeply growing. As of this year Western has been categorized as a medium sized campus with a total of 14,152 students. Other factors that make western a great school is the cost. Lets break it down. Tuition for an instate students is roughly $8,040; on campus room and board is about $9,656; books and supplies can be an estimates of $1,080 or less; and an additional $823. That comes out to be a total of $19,599. Now theses are all estimates and there are plenty of ways to save money on additional cost like books, and housing around campus that cost a little less. Because Bellingham is a college town about 70% of homes and apartments located near by are rental properties. Financial aid is also helpful, Western as an annual aid award of about $9,994,449. Grants and loans are also available to students who qualify. Money is just part of the overall experience. There is so much to be apart of in this community weather that be joining a club, becoming an active volunteer in the community, working on campus, building new relationships, or finding new interest and hobbies. The world of Western is an open door. So come on in, your world is waiting.
From clubs and organizations to intramural and varsity athletics, student life outside of the classroom at Western Washington University is packed with diversity and endless opportunities. Stop and take a look around next time you are walking through red square. The people that make up our student body are full of so much talent and individuality. When brought together as a whole these students make one incredible group of people! The student art that can be seen around campus is amazing, not to mention our phenomenal school newspaper and magazine created by our journalism students. Many are aware that WWU is home to some immensely creative individuals, but what some may not know is how much athletic talent Western has!
As you pass Red Square, you will undoubtedly notice the giant construction zone which dominates the path through campus. This sight is soon to become the new home of Western’s athletic department. The varsity programs at Western have been different this year, with home games being hosted twenty minutes from campus. Consequently, the success of our sports teams has flown under the radar. Although many are focused on studies and academia at Western, the hard work and dedication that athletes put in is vastly underappreciated while the team spirit has seemed to fade off campus despite the growing victories that our athletic teams share. Let’s take a look at some of the success from this year.
The women's cross country came in 6th at nationals kicking off this fall while the unbeatable women’s soccer team made the final four taking a trip to Florida after not losing a single game during the season. Ten athletes on the men and women’s soccer team were named part of the GNAC all-American team. Women’s volleyball made their second appearance at the final four, and finished off their season as the 5th best in Western’s history. Despite the lack of a home gym and facility for training, both men’s and women’s basketball thrived and three women earned GNAC all-star honors.
Entering into the outdoor track season, Western has nothing short of success awaiting around the corner. With three Vikings heading towards indoor nationals the team is ready to compete for the titles. It is clear that WWU’s athletics are definitely something to be proud of.
Athletes themselves testify what an amazing program we have here.
“My favorite part about belonging to the rowing team is being part of a team that pushed me to work harder,” said rower, Chloe Burns. The team aspect drives the athletes to push through hard work-outs, and difficult situations.
“My favorite part is being around people who have similar goals and having a team that is there for me during my highs and lows and being able to do the same for them. Also our shared love for food and Pinterest,” said cross country national-qualifier, Sara Tafere. Most athletes for the school put in at least 14 hours a week on top of their studies in dedication to the athletic program. This may seem like a lot, but most athletes enjoy the opportunity to compete for an amazing program.
“It’s relatively easy to balance because getting my energy out in practice and focusing on something other than JUST school helps me to be less anxious about school work, and more productive,” explained Taferre’s roommate and distance runner, Lillianna Stelling.
The sports teams as a whole contribute to the overall spirit and unity of the school and make part of being a Viking that more special. Soccer-player Emily Webster explained, “I feel a stronger connection to the school in general and to other athletes, it makes me feel like I am a part of a greater community within the university. I love competing knowing that I am representing more than just myself.”
Collectively athletes train hard to represent the school and show what it’s like to be Viking. Despite the lack of a home gym, let's not forget our athletes and how proud we are to be a part of the Western community.
We are artists. We are entrepreneurs. We are innovators. We are advocates. We are students. We are individuals yet a collective whole. We are WWU.
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