First-generation student Sophia Dykast, from Albany, managed to complete her bachelor’s in Public Policy and Administration (with a minor in History) in only three years. What an accomplishment!
Why did you choose WOU?
WOU has a beautiful campus, small class sizes, offered scholarships, and most importantly, had the exact major I wanted.
What do you love most about WOU?
It is a close community, and it is easy to make friends with students and professors.
What do you love most about the major/minors/degree you completed?
The combination of my public administration classes, with my on campus job, and my internship have prepared me very well for my next step in life.
What have some of your extracurriculars been (student clubs, jobs, internships, etc.)? How did those impact your time on campus?
I work on campus in the Advising Center, and I have an internship at the City of Independence. My job has brought me to campus more than I had been in the past, and now I feel much more connected to the WOU community. My internship has taught me a lot about the City of Independence as well as how the two neighboring cities relate. Both of these experiences have enriched and complemented my time at WOU.
What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?
My biggest achievement has been graduating in three years with a 3.97 GPA while having a job and an internship.
Has there been a class or professor that has been particularly inspiring to you?
I took a history class called Gender Issues with Professor Jensen. She is an intelligent and inspiring woman, and I wish I could have taken another class with her.
What will you miss most about college?
There are two things I will miss most about college: One is that for the first two years, my only focus was on learning as much as I could from really smart and interesting people. That is a great privilege. Second, I will miss living so close to so many friends and having fun with them all the time.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I am going to volunteer through AmeriCorp RARE program for a year, then go to graduate school.
What advice do you have for current and future Wolves?
Find a balance between enjoying new experiences and remembering to work hard; don’t take your opportunity for education for granted.