Grad Profile: Jacoby “Coby” Cid

Jacoby “Coby” Cid is a transfer student from Leeward Community College graduating this year with a degree in Visual Communication Design and a full-time position as a digital communication specialist at Maps Credit Union. 

Why did you choose WOU?

I chose WOU because I came to play football and heard great things about the VCD program!

What do you love most about WOU?

What I love the most about WOU is the level of inclusivity and the support from professors/staff here.

What do you love most about the major/minors/degree you completed?

I enjoyed my time here studying Visual Communication Design and Art History. The professors I had were very knowledgeable, passionate, and helpful – especially Jen Bracy! She’s the best!

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

During my time here at WOU I’ve played football and worked multiple jobs. I worked at the Student Engagement information desk, graphic designer, PLUS Team, offered photography services to different departments and clubs as well. I loved being indulged into all the different aspects of the school. It helped me learn more about my school, myself, and my passion.

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

Most people might say that graduating from WOU was their biggest success. However, for me, attending WOU period was a huge achievement. As a boy from a small Hawaiian town that gets nothing but a bad reputation and making it to my dream college is a huge deal to me. A lot of Hawaii kids don’t get the opportunity to leave the work and spread their wings – I am beyond proud and happy that I achieved such a thing.

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

All of the VCD professors are awesome, however, one really stood out to me as an inspiration. That is Jen Bracy. Jen is a kind soul that genuinely cares about the success of her students. Her passion for design is very apparent and she is great at passing it on. I can honestly say that I have grown as a designer and as a person because of Professor Bracy.

What will you miss most about college?

I will miss being surrounded by all of my friends and being able to eat burritos everyday ( I don’t think my metabolism will allow me to do that for forever)

What are your plans for after graduation?

One term before I graduated, I accepted my first full-time career position as a digital communication specialist at Maps Credit Union. Here I am putting my degree and knowledge to use to help our credit union become the best in our community. Ultimately, I strive to use my skills and assets to help this world become a better place.

What advice do you have for current and future Wolves?

My only advice is, “Money comes and goes, experiences don’t. Do not let the burden of money hold you back from your dreams.”

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

TO UTILIZE THE HELP OF YOUR ADVISER. They are there to help you in troubles you may have. You don’t want to stay an extra term or year just because you thought you were Superman and think you can do it on your own (that was me).

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite place on campus is the WUC. That is where I worked, made many memories, and met the love of my life, Ellie Oven.

Did you have any funny mishaps or moments of confusion when you first started at WOU?

Absolutely! I am notorious for being late to class (not something I am proud of). On my last first day of school, I bombarded into the door because I was already 10 minutes late. Come to figure out that it wasn’t even the right class. I’ve never had more confused faces towards me before. Then I slowly backpedaled/moonwalked out of there.

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

WOU is where I discovered my path, my passions, and myself in general. I went through a lot of challenges that made me the professional and person I am today.


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