Student Leadership Opportunities & First-Generation Students with Nancy

Segment #2 from Western Oregon University


Let’s hear from Nancy, a first generation senior majoring in psychology and minoring in public health from Sisters, Oregon. Western provides students with numerous leadership opportunities, such as mentoring other students to guide them through many aspects of the college so they can fully take advantage of the well-rounded quality education that Western has provided for over 150 years. Nancy.

– Thanks, Alex. Hi, everyone. I always knew I wanted to continue my education, but being the first in my family to attend college, I was really nervous and I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I learned about Western and the many resources they had to offer, my family and I knew I would be able to succeed here while majoring in psychology and public health. When I arrived on campus and learned about the Student Enrichment Program, I knew that it would help enhance my college experience. The additional advisor I received became a person I could rely on for questions, helped me stay on track academically, and provide me with well-rounded support I needed to succeed, especially as a first generation student. I was also inspired by my advisor to step out of my comfort zone and take on Hall Government, which was the start of my involvement in leadership. Now, as a senior, I’m proud to mentor students with similar stories to mine through the multicultural student representatives. Being in leadership roles has helped me grow in my confidence and gain key skills that will benefit me in my future career. I also made long lasting connections with students and staff through campus involvement. Western really emphasizes the importance of equality education with a well-rounded student experience and robust student support. A college education at Western is more than just learning. It’s about the resources and opportunities they provide students to succeed and become leaders. Looking back at my freshman year, I’m so grateful for the many resources and opportunities Western offered me. Without the amazing support at Western, I would’ve missed out on the many memories and connections I’ve created. Back to you, Alex.

– Nancy, thank you for showcasing the incredible opportunities students have to make their college experience at Western their own, and that they don’t have to go it alone. Your work as an experienced mentor is an important part of what makes Western so incredible. Thanks again.

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