Grad profile: Cassie Owens

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Cassie is originally from Lakewood, Wash. and majored in American Sign Language (ASL) studies and minored in special education and chose Western Oregon University because of its location which was close to home. While completing her undergraduate degree Cassie was involved in many things to help the campus. She enjoyed that as a small university it made it so that opportunities were around every corner, especially when it came to leadership positions. She was a peer mentor and during her practicum hours, she and a partner took it upon themselves to teach campus public safety ASL.

After graduation, Owens is sticking around as she got accepted into the Deaf and hard of hearing education graduate program.

As a message to freshman and incoming freshman, Owens’ advice is to seek out friendships in your major. “It’s important to make friends from everywhere, but the ones in your major are the ones you’re going to be spending a lot of time with and seeing every day.” Her second piece of advice was to explore your food options. Monmouth may be small, but don’t be afraid to leave campus and try everything the town has to offer, “especially Koyotes.”

What are your favorite hobbies?

“I enjoy going to trivia night at Yeasty Beasty, watching bad television on Netflix, going rock climbing and going to concerts.”

What’s your favorite movie?

“The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle It’s a little less known, but I find it funny”