Grad Profile: Emily Carlston

Emily is a first-generation graduating senior from Gladstone, Oregon, who is earning her bachelor’s in Earth Science, minor in Psychology, and a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Certificate. She has worked for the Newsflash student social media team in Strategic Communications and Marketing for over two years, and  has  held a position as box office attendant for a year and been an usher for even longer. Currently, she is also helping Natural Sciences relocate on campus while repairs are done to the Natural Science building.

Emily participated in last year’s inaugural Academic Excellence Showcase plenary session with a poster explaining the basics of planetary motion to the general public. This poster went on to be presented at the library and then the Indy Goes Dark festival during the eclipse. She also presented at this year’s AES with a presentation titled Glacial Preservation: A Look Inside Nature’s Freezers. She has been a T.A. for the GIS program for an entire year now helping students learn the computer programs involved.

Are you a transfer student?
I did transfer here, I first went to Clackamas Community College, graduating with my AAOT before transferring to OSU and then to WOU

Why did you choose WOU?
I choose WOU because of its size. It feels connected here. They also offered the major that I desired.

What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?
I feel like my biggest achievement is finishing. Even with all the bumps in the road, I never gave up.

What will you miss most about college?
I love constantly learning new things in new ways and being able to collaborate and connect with all different types of people.

What are your plans for after graduation?
I will most likely work until I have settle on whether I would like to continue my education further with a master’s degree.

What advice do you have for current and future Wolves?
Just keep going. Even if it’s hard, it will pay off.

What do you know now that you wish you knew your first term in college?
If you are going to take a break take a break so you can come back to working on things refreshed.

What has been your favorite part of working for the theater?
The people make it very worth it and there is never a dull moment. When you enter the Theatre department, you enter the chaos that is making a show happen, from the very small things, to the very large things and everything in between.

Do you have a favorite presentation you’ve given? What was it about and how long did you prepare for it?
With any presentation I feel like I spend more time making sure I have gone over all the notes and perfected my slideshows and the rest that happens is just part of the ride. I find it very hard to practice exactly what I’m going to say without sounding robotic. Out of all the presentations I have given as part of the earth science department I would say I am the most proud of my Geology of the Pacific Northwest presentation that I gave to my class. Though, out of all the posters I have made, I am most proud of the one I created for the 2017 AES plenary session that encompassed the basics of planetary motion and lunar phenomena.

How have you managed and prioritized yourself with all your classes and jobs? Do you have any advice for other working students?
Don’t overwork yourself and communicate with your supervisors. We are all humans here and they understand that you have classes.

What kind of job do you hope to get with your Earth Science degree?
I hope to be an informal educator of the sciences. Creating digestible material for everyone to understand and enjoy. I want to teach people to love learning.