Tour Guide at Central Washington University
Class of 2019
Hometown: Enumclaw, WA
Major: Film Production
Secondary Major: Screenwriting
Central was the perfect distance away from home for me: far enough to feel like a whole new experience and a new chapter of my life but close enough that I could drive over the mountains if I needed to see my family. It's a perfect-sized school, attaining that balance of grandeur and still the small-town feel, nothing like the massive UW or WSU campuses. I had originally planned on attending Montana State, but after my first tour at Central I knew this was the place I needed to be to achieve academically and socially. I chose Central because it felt like a home away from home, and it now has truly become my home.
Ellensburg is an amazing college town for me. Diverse, delicious food and restaurants, commodities for every kind of college student - like bike shops, a comic book shop, record store, guitar store, a weekend farmer's market, and more. I love the community of Ellensburg and the discounts for college students that many places have. It's easy to navigate, biking and hiking friendly, and the CWU transit system got me anywhere I needed before I brought my own car over from home. Ellensburg was so much more welcoming to me than Seattle or Bozeman, and I couldn't have asked for a better place. The snow gets crazy in the winter, but that just makes it more fun.
As a member of the Film Department, it's incredibly hard to pick my favorite class and professor, because ALL of them are incredible. I can call them by first name now that they've gotten to know me and they treat me with respect that I couldnt have anticipated. This isnt just limited to my department, though. Through taking general education classes in various departments, the professors at CWU truly do treat you as a thinking, feeling person with a history, tastes, hopes, dreams. You aren't just a cog in the machine, and I love that about our faculty here. If I honestly had to choose a favorite class, it would have to be my Narrative Screenwriting class, because Michael is the chillest of instructors and he offered to hold a "writer's evening" on Wednesday nights where we meet for dinner in town off campus and talk about films and writing them. We still meet on those evenings, months later after the class has ended, and it's just as fun as ever.
As an ambassador, the connections I make with those on tours is the reason why I'm here. Learning about prospective students' lives and interests is the best part about working for visitation here. I love showing people the campus and answering questions about what it's like to live on campus and off, as well as the mood and feeling of CWU and the experiences I've had here. Central is a fantastic place to go to school and I want to share that with as many people as I can, so becoming an ambassador sounded like the best way to do that.