Janie Ramirez Manzo is a first-generation college student who will be obtaining a degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology.
The small class sizes and campus was really important to me; it was my most affordable option
What do you love most about WOU?
I love all the opportunities it has to offer their students especially the ones that allow us to immerse ourselves to different communities, such as with the NSE program or the Alternative Break Break program. I also appreciated the TRiO branch WOU has, it really helped me as a first-generation student. Lastly, the people, our faculty and staff are always making students feel welcomed in every part of campus.
What do you love most about the major/minors/degree you completed?
I loved the hands-on experience I was able to get with classes that were outside the classroom via internship.
What have some of your extracurriculars been?
The organizations I was involved with included M.E.Ch.A, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc and I also participated in multiple service learning trips with the Alternative Break program. I was a student worker at MSSP for most of my time in at WOU, I was a SOAR registrar assistant (Summer 2018), a Summer Bridge Peer Advisor (Summer 2017), and an Upward Bound teacher (Summer 2017) as well as their Internship Coordinator (Summer 2017).
Has there been a class or professor that has been particularly inspiring to you?
I really enjoyed Dr. Dolan, her love for the culture of Argentina, volunteering and learning from people in prison, and passion for Spanish is amazing. I have learned so much from her, I know my experience fat WOU would not have been the same without her.
What will you miss most about college?
I will miss going to the WUC and planning things for my organizations, all the meetings and events have really made my stay memorable.
What advice do you have for current and future Wolves?
Get involved and find a passion, but do not forget you are a student and that you came to WOU to graduate.