Student Ambassador Bios

Adrian

Sociology

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Hello! My name is Adrian Cherry, and I am a senior majoring in sociology and minoring in political science and psychology. I started at WSU Vancouver as a freshman and love it here. Initially, I came here because it’s close to home and affordable, and the campus is beautiful. But as I’ve been here, I’ve really come to love the school. It’s super easy to get involved in the campus community, and I highly recommend that you do.  Additionally, the classes are small, so it’s easy to get to know your classmates and professors. Be sure to say hi if you see me in class or around campus!


Adriana

Human Development

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Hello! I’m Adriana Benitez. I’m a junior, and besides my human development degree, I will receive a certificate in early childhood education. WSU Vancouver attracted me because it’s close to my home in White Salmon, Wash., and the scenery is just as beautiful. I transferred as a sophomore after earning my associate’s degree at a community college. I didn’t get involved at my previous institution, but here, the events put on by various clubs and organizations are so inviting that I started attending and met some amazing people who have become a great support system. After attending a few events early in the year, I got involved myself. If an event needs volunteers and I have time, I’ll be there helping out. WSU Vancouver is a great place to get an education, because of advantages such as small class sizes, resources such as the library, and professors who go out of their way to make themselves available outside of lectures. Overall, my experience here has exceeded my expectations. I can’t wait to meet new students and make sure they feel part of the Washington State University Vancouver family!


Dexter

Management Information Systems

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’Sup, everybody! My name is Dexter Hamilton. I am a junior pursuing a certificate in professional sales along with with my business degree. I came to WSU Vancouver directly from high school. The affordability of the university and its topnotch educational programs—plus the fact that it’s close to home—were too good to pass up. Becoming a Coug at WSU Vancouver has allowed me to meet amazing students and faculty, and the campus gives students the opportunity to innovate new events and ideas. Although I’m always around campus being busy and involved, please feel free to wave or come over to talk. I’m a friendly, familiar face, and I always enjoy a good conversation and love to see how my fellow friends and Cougs are doing.

College Tip

"Study hard, manage your time well, and be open to meeting new people at events and clubs on campus. Get to know yourself and push the boundaries of your limits, and remember you’re capable of more than you think. Make WSU Vancouver a chapter in your life that you won’t soon forget."


Honor

Marketing and Communications

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Hi there! My name is Honor Stevenson (yes, that is my real name) and I am a senior. After I graduated from Camas High School, I came straight to this campus and haven't left since. When I visited WSU Vancouver, I fell in love with how it enabled me to pursue a four-year degree in the field I love while staying within the community I grew up in. The convenience may have convinced me to come, but the small class sizes and campus community convinced me to stay. There are so many clubs and organizations that can help you network with students and local professionals alike. When I am not in class, you can usually find me at a DECA meeting, watching too many YouTube videos, eating a wrap in the cafeteria or sleeping. If you ever see me around campus, feel free to say hi.


Jasmine

Human Resources/Personnel Psychology

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My name is Jasmine Rucker. I’m majoring in human resources/personnel psychology and minoring in business administration, human development and personnel psychology. I transferred to WSU Vancouver because I like the fact that it is a local, affordable university that still offers academic rigor and programs I am interested in. The thing I enjoy the most on campus is the culture. This is such a warm and inviting campus that it's hard to leave it sometimes. It's always felt like a home away from home.


Jonathan

Electrical engineering

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Hello! My name is Jonathan Abbott. To me, WSU Vancouver was a no brainer when selecting a school to attend. Honestly, what isn’t there to like about WSU Vancouver? The open, modern and beautiful campus hooked me into “staying close, yet going far.” Living so close has allowed me to save thousands on housing costs as well. Also, at the time I applied, the Engineering and Computer Science building had just turned 2 years old. Having such new equipment and dedicated staff working in the labs really solidified my choice. One reason I continue to enjoy this school is the very low student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. That really lets the instructors get to know you 1:1 and help you any way they can. But the main reason I enjoy campus so much is the clubs and the students associated with them. When you get involved in the school, your whole experience changes. So do it! 


Julie

Psychology

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Hello there! I am Julie Mercado, the Lead Ambassador for this year. I became a WSU Vancouver student about a year ago when I transferred from Clark College. I am studying psychology as my major with a minor in human development. Since my first day as a VanCoug, I looked for opportunities to be involved on campus and connect with others; I found it to be really easy, since there are many opportunities to get involved with the Office of Student Involvement and the Student Diversity Center. I became an Impact Volunteer for the Student Diversity Center, and had the opportunity to connect with so many people who now are my friends.  I LOVE being a member of WSU Vancouver community. People around me make sure that I know that I do belong here. As a student leader, I want you to have the best college experience; I want to help you to take advantage of all the resources and opportunities that WSU Vancouver offers to each student. Please say “hola” whenever you see me!


Layne

English

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Hello! I’m Layne Bauer, and I am a senior. My experience at WSU Vancouver began when I transferred from the Pullman campus after my freshman year, but my interest in being a Coug was sparked at a young age. I was raised in the area, and throughout grade school and high school I was aware of WSU Vancouver’s reputation of involvement with the community and lucrative development of countless individuals. With a variety of programs to study, big-school resources, a low faculty-to-student ratio, countless ways to get involved and meet new people, and more, this campus offers priceless value. My decision to transfer to WSU Vancouver was catalytic to my success as a student and growth toward becoming an active member of society. Now, as a first-generation college student and Ambassador, I represent and promote the values of knowledge, education and the pursuit of excellence. If you see me around—whether I am engrossed in a book, writing short stories and poetry, or just between classes—say hello!

College Tip

“Live in the moment! However you wish to define each moment defines who you are. Take advantage of the infinite possibilities around you, and never underestimate your own potential.”


Madeline

Biology

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Hi, everyone! My name is Madeline Shoup, and I am a junior majoring in biology, with minors in psychology and Spanish. I came to WSU Vancouver right out of high school, thankful to find such a beautiful, accessible institution that not only transferred so many of my Advanced Placement credits, but also offered everything I needed to be a competitive contender for graduate school and achieve my dream of one day serving in the medical field. Little did I know then how many practical opportunities this campus would provide to help me chase after that dream—right here in our beautiful little corner of the great Pacific Northwest! I hope you, too, will come to love this campus as I have.


Nate

Psychology

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Hey, everyone! My name is Nate Nienaber, and I am a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in addiction studies and sociology. I transferred here last year from Clark College not really knowing what to expect. Initially I was drawn to the campus for its beauty and because my mom is also a WSU Vancouver graduate. When I first experienced the campus for myself, I was blown away at how helpful and inviting everyone was. The professors are topnotch, and I have felt very at home in the small classes. The commute to campus has been nicer than I initially thought, and I have enjoyed living at home while finishing up my degree. I also enjoy how affordable this school is. College should never break the bank! You will most likely find me practicing parkour or laughing with friends on campus. Please feel free to say hello. I love getting to know people, because it helps me stay better connected to campus. I always encourage others to strive for the same.


Sterling

Finance and Information Systems

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Hello, WSU Vancouver! My name is Sterling Fletcher, and I am a sophomore. I came to WSU Vancouver straight out of high school because it was local and affordable. I was going to college to get an education, nothing more. My freshman year I was a PCP (campus, parking lot) student, on campus only to take notes and turn in assignments. After a year I transferred to a different school in search of the “college experience” I had heard so much about. But the thing I was looking for wasn’t something I could just stumble upon elsewhere. WSU Vancouver had everything I was looking for. I just needed to adjust my perspective. When I came back, I started seeing that professors aren’t just teachers; they are mentors who care about your education and are willing to help if you only ask. My fellow classmates are my peers; they are willing to collaborate and share their knowledge. The clubs and organizations are the heart and soul of student life here and can enrich your college experience as much as, if not more, than your classes, and the value of the bonds and friendships you’ll make is boundless.

College Tip

"If it wasn't obvious in my bio, I would say the most important thing you can do here at WSU Vancouver is to GET INVOLVED! Get involved with clubs and student organizations, participate in class discussions and talk with your professors. It might be more time commitments and effort than you are used to, but you will benefit greatly from it. "


Spencer

History

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Hey y’all! My name is Spencer and I am a senior History Major with a minor in Fine Arts. I was born in Austin, Texas but I consider myself a north-westerner at heart. I discovered my passion for History early and I have been devoted to it ever since. I was a teacher’s assistant to the photography teacher at my high school and she helped me discover my love of the arts as well as inspire me to strive to become a teacher for high school students after college. I followed my passion for teaching to WSU Vancouver because of their excellent Masters in Teaching program (MiT) and because it was so close to home. As well as being an ambassador on campus I also work in our Recreation Program to spread my love for the outdoors to other students whether they are interested in camping, climbing, rafting or even skateboarding.  I am an avid skateboarder myself and I have been riding for nearly a decade now; I don’t go anywhere without a board. If you join us at WSU Vancouver you are bound to see me skating around between classes so feel free to stop and say “Hi”!

College Tip

"Everyone has different strengths and when a class doesn’t fit with your strengths do not be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s the math lab, the writing center or the access center, there are resources to help you with anything you may struggle with. For me, the math lab was a huge help since math has never been something I was good at. No matter what your strengths or weakness are, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are always people on campus who are here to help you with anything you may need."