Grad Profile: Daisy Chavez Guzman

Daisy Chavez Guzman is a first-generation student graduating with a double major degree in Psychology and Spanish. 

Why did you choose WOU?
I decided to attend WOU because of the size of the campus, I wanted to attend a university that was small enough for me to but big enough to meet diverse students. I also loved how close it was to home allowing me to be near my family.

What do you love most about WOU?
I love the small classes and the interaction students get with their professors. It’s amazing how students have the ability to connect with their professors as well as other students. I love the diversity on campus, the different cultures and ethnicities and the support and acceptance between all cultural groups.

What have some of your extracurriculars been? 
I have tried to get involved as much as I possibly can in order to learn and make my college experience the best one. I have been part of the Upward Bound program working as a program assistant, I have being a part of the Multicultural Student Union Executive board as the Fundraising Coordinator, treasurer for the Fraternity and Sorority Council, a Multicultural Representative, a Psychology Peer Advisor, the service officer and recently the president of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. I have also participated in three international service teams and co-lead one regional service team and I’ve loved every single one very much; I’ve been to Jamaica working with survivors of Sexual and Physical Abuse, to Honduras constructing schools, to Peru doing Animal Care, and to the Columbia Gorge area helping with forest fires. All of these opportunities have taught me so much and have shaped me into the strong leader I am today.

What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?
My biggest accomplishment would be having the opportunity to travel to other countries to do service. I love traveling and doing service so this has been a great experience. I have been to Jamaica working with survivors of Sexual and Physical Abuse, to Honduras constructing schools, to Peru doing Animal Care, and to the Columbia Gorge area helping with forest fires. All of these opportunities allowed me to help others in one way or the other, make so many great memories and friends, and gain valuable knowledge of others cultures.

Has there been a class or professor that has been particularly inspiring to you? Please tell us about it!
A professor that has inspired me through college has been Dr. Roscoe. I have taken many classes with her and she has always been extremely helpful and supportive. She is the type of professor that will do her best to make sure her students are successful and are getting all of the knowledge they will need in order to be successful after graduation. She is a great professor, person, and mentor.

What will you miss most about college? 
What I will miss most about college will be the memories and the new experiences. There were so many great moments, I met some great people, and made long-lasting friends.

What are your plans for after graduation?
My plans after graduation is to find a job and get some experience in the mental health field for a year. I then plan to start my master’s degree in family and marriage counseling. After receiving my masters, I hope to have opportunity to work with families and couples from the Latino community Since I was very young, I knew I wanted to work in a profession helping others because I found a joy for doing service towards others. As I continued to do it, I found it more intriguing and satisfying. This has been my passion and as I have matured, I know that becoming a licensed counselor helping those going through marital or family problems is what I want to focus on. I specifically want to help those who have limited resources and finances. I look forward to seeking opportunities that will allow me to extend my knowledge in the mental health field and help prepare me to apply for graduate school in the following year.

What advice do you have for current and future Wolves?
Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone, get involved, and try new things. Enjoy every moment because before you know it, four years have gone by.

What do you know now that you wish you knew your first term in college?
I wish I would have known about all the resources WOU has available for students. There is so much support to help us be successful students and we are not always knowledgeable about those.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
My favorite spot on campus is the Werner University Center (WUC) because it is not only a great place to study but also to interact with other students.

What’s the most important lesson you learned about yourself while in college?
The most important lesson I learned about myself while in college was the importance of being true to myself and not being afraid of being judged because everyone is different and unique and we should be proud of that.

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