Grad Profile: Libbie Hoene

Libbie Hoene is a graduating student from Lebanon, Oregon and is completing a bachelor’s in Communications with a minor in Organizational Leadership.

Why did you choose WOU?

I originally picked to come to WOU because I was playing volleyball at here at the D2 level.

What do you love most about WOU?

I love the community that I have created here. Everywhere I go on campus I run into professors, advisers, staff, students, and friends who have become apart of my life for the last four years.

What do you love most about the degree you completed?

I have learned about so much more than just school with the degrees that I have studied. They have taught me about real life, and the issues going on in the world. And have prepared me for workplace situations, family, relationships, and life overall.

What have some of your extracurriculars been (student clubs, jobs, internships, etc.)? How did those impact your time on campus?

Volleyball here at Western. I have also had two jobs while going to school here. One on campus at Office of Disability Services. And the other at Dutch Bros, in Monmouth OR.

What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?

Graduating.

Has there been a class or professor that has been particularly inspiring to you? Please tell us about it!

Paula Baldwin has taught me more than most professors take the time teach. She interacts with her students on such a personal level, and her style of teaching has impacted so many students on a positive level.

What will you miss most about college?

I will miss the family I have created here at Western. My college roommates, specifically. But also the people I work with, my friends, and classmates.

What are your plans for after graduation?

To get a job in a Public Relations field.

What advice do you have for current and future Wolves?

Live in the moment. These past four years have gone by way too fast!!

What do you know now that you wish you knew your first term in college?

The library is your best friend! Go there to focus on school, for at least one hour a day, you’ll thank yourself at the end of the week.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is behind HSS, where there is a lot of old art and buildings. It is beautiful and relaxing.

What’s the most important lesson you learned about yourself while in college?

You are capable of so much more than you’ll ever give yourself credit for. Never let anyone dim your sparkle!!

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