Earth and Environmental Science
Hello! My name is Mitchell Carey, and I am a senior majoring in environmental science with a minor in biology. I came to WSU Vancouver as a transfer student from Centralia College (Go Blazers!). I decided to come here for a couple of reasons. It is close enough to home that I can drive to school, and the classes are small. The 14:1 student-teacher ratio means that I can form a more personal connection with my professors and can help in their research. The campus has a community college vibe and is also my family alma mater, further making it the obvious choice for me. I encourage everyone to get involved on campus in some capacity. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself as a student, because it makes the college experience more positive and memorable. Feel free to say hi if you see me on campus. Go Cougs!
Biology and Neuroscience
Hello, ya’ll! My name is Vince Chavez, and I’m a senior and will be a medical doctor someday. I am pursing a double degree in biology and neuroscience alongside minors in chemistry and microbiology. After graduating with my Associate in Arts degree from Clark College through the Running Start program, I transferred to WSU Vancouver as a junior. I made it a goal to get heavily involved at WSU Vancouver because I regretted missed opportunities at Clark. I have fortunately accomplished my goal and been extremely involved on our campus. I’ve been an impact volunteer with the Student Diversity Center, began working on research that has been published and volunteered with the college access program. The foundation I laid set me up to be successful at this university. I knew many if not all the resources available, who I could talk to and how to make change. These experiences empowered me to run for student body president, and I was elected! This will be my last year at WSU Vancouver, and I will be giving back to the space that started it all—the Student Diversity Center. This university is genuine in everything it does, and if you are ever looking for a friend you can always find me on campus—at the Diversity Center, on a recreation trip, at the fitness center or our library!
Earth and Environmental Science
Hi, everyone! My name is Marcus Connor, and I’m a sophomore majoring in environmental science with a minor in chemistry. I came to WSU Vancouver directly from a small high school on the Washington coast. My high school graduating class had 62 students, and everybody knew everybody. Students had individuality. I didn’t want to go to college and be a face in the crowd or a number in the lecture hall. At WSU Vancouver, I got exactly what I was looking for. This institution provides so many opportunities for voices to be heard and students to get involved. Students are encouraged to influence change and create a better environment for everyone. The cool thing here is that the university listens and cares. WSU Vancouver is the healthiest atmosphere I have been in, and I am proud to be a VanCoug!
Digital Technology and Culture
Hey there! My name is Katya Farinsky, and I am a junior majoring in digital technology and culture with an English minor and a professional writing certificate. I am originally from Newport Beach in southern California and moved to start college in Portland after high school. After two years I decided to change majors, so I transferred to Clark College briefly before coming here. I love WSU Vancouver because this school has the perfect combination of big resources and small class sizes. This fosters a tightknit community where instructors and peers know you personally. I am proud to be a part of a community that actively works to make every member feel valued on campus. I am excited to serve as an ambassador and can’t wait to share my VanCoug pride with you all. Go Cougs!
Digital Technology and Culture
Howdy! My name is Betsy Hanrahan, and I am a junior studying digital technology and culture with a minor in fine arts. I came to WSU Vancouver as a freshman right after high school. I chose WSU Vancouver because of the unique digital technology and culture program, and the hands-on learning environment. I got involved on campus through the fitness center and recreation program. It was through these programs that I have made amazing friends who introduced me to other campus events and resources. You’ll likely see me at campus events, hanging out in the quad or working as the marketing intern in the Office of Student Involvement. I love making new friends, so never hesitate to say hi to me on campus!
Hello! My name is Ashley Hoang, and I am a junior majoring in mathematics and minoring in human development with plans to become a secondary school teacher. When I came to WSU Vancouver right out of high school, I quickly appreciated everything the institution has to offer. I knew that with a small institution, I would be able to leave my mark on the school. One thing that has made me successful is getting involved. That is important to me because when I was deciding on a university, I wanted to go to a school that values every student. With a campus the size of WSU Vancouver, I feel valued, important and recognized. I am so excited to serve as one of your ambassadors this year and hope to create relationships with you all!
Personnel Psychology and Human Resources
Hello! I’m Katlyn Kumashiro and I am a sophomore majoring in human resources management. I moved to Washington from my home city, Los Angeles, soon after my high school graduation. I decided to take a leap of faith and put myself into a new environment for my college journey. For my first term, I attended WSU in Pullman to experience dorm life and the sports events. But after that semester, I decided to transfer to WSU Vancouver for its business opportunities and to be closer to my family. WSU Vancouver has provided me with many resources and opportunities that I am very grateful for. I have enjoyed creating relationships with my instructors, faculty and peers. I’m excited and honored to serve as one of your ambassadors. If you see me, please say hi, and I’m more than willing to chat. I hope everyone has a great year, and of course, Go Cougs!
Hello! My name is Sarah Martinez, and I am a junior business student with a marketing major. I am also pursuing a minor in digital technology and culture. I took a bit of a detour on my way to college by working at a nonprofit organization for a little over three years. In this work I discovered my love for giving back to the community and what it means to pursue my passions. Combining those two things led me to become a student ambassador. WSU Vancouver is a great place to pursue your education, take advantage of big campus resources, have access to your professors outside of lectures and get involved, whether through a paid student position, recreation trips or events hosted by our clubs or student organizations. I love meeting new people, so if you see me around campus, don’t hesitate to stop and say hi. I’m excited to serve as one of your student ambassadors this year.
Digital Technology and Culture
Hello! My name is Andrew Nevue, and I am a junior majoring in digital technology and culture, minoring in communication and pursuing a games design certificate. I started my journey at WSU Vancouver right after high school and have enjoyed every moment. WSU Vancouver is a gem of a college, with 351 beautiful acres of greenery and professors who care about your success. It is hard to believe all of this is nestled away in Vancouver, Wash. When I am not serving my ambassador duties, you can find me working in the Electronic Literature Lab, just hanging out on campus or on a recreation trip offered through the Office of Student Involvement. Do not be afraid to reach out to me if you have questions about creating a meaningful college experience. I like meeting new people and would love to chat with incoming/fellow VanCougs.
Heyyyy! My name is Vicky Nganga. I am a senior studying neuroscience with minors in psychology and biology. I came to WSU Vancouver as a freshman just after graduating from Mountain View High School in Vancouver. I came to this college not knowing what to expect or what I wanted out of my experience here. I barely knew what college was! Through my years at this school, I have had the opportunity to learn what it truly means to be a VanCoug. I’ve attended numerous events, my favorite being the back-to-school barbecue (FREE FOOD), and I’ve joined clubs as well. I think that school shouldn’t only be about classes and grades, but each person should find at least one thing that makes their college experience worthwhile.
Hey all! My name is Kate Northcut. I am a sophomore here at WSU Vancouver, majoring in public affairs. I came to WSU Vancouver as a freshman after graduating from Washougal (Wash.) High School. Being a VanCoug has allowed me to pursue my four-year degree at a topnotch university right here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, just over 20 miles from home. The chance for students to get involved on campus was very important to me when I was deciding between schools. Here at WSU Vancouver there are numerous opportunities to get involved on campus, whether it’s through clubs, leadership or research. Not to mention all of the different recreational activities in the area. I love to meet new people, so if you see me on campus, say hi or come strike up a conversation. I’m looking forward to working with incoming and prospective students to make their first year at WSU Vancouver one to remember!
Hi, everyone! My name is Lexi Schefter, and I’m a senior majoring in biology hoping to become a naturopathic doctor. After completing Running Start in high school, I transitioned to WSU Vancouver, and it was definitely the right decision for me. I was drawn to the small-school size, big-school resources and community involvement. The first semester, I traveled to the campus just to attend class, avoiding social events and not really getting involved. Soon, I realized that I needed to change my perspective and become a part of something bigger than myself. Shortly afterwards, I joined a club, became a College Access coach, and made some great friends. WSU Vancouver has become a second home for me, and I hope it will for you too!