Grad Profile: Matthew Ciraulo

Matthew Ciraulo is a graduating student from Murrieta, California and will earn a degree in Sociology with a minor in History.

Why did you choose WOU?
Originally I planned to teach high school history. WOU was brought to my attention as a progressive and reputable education program. Once I got the opportunity to tour the school, I realized that this university felt like a second home. I needed that feeling since I would be approximately 1,000 miles from my actual home. Through my first year as a student, I realized that education wasn’t something I was passionate about and with the help of the faculty, friends, and family I decided to change my major to Sociology.

What do you love most about WOU?
The people and connections I made are why I love WOU. I have made so many memories and friendships that helped me through all the tough times that college presents. Everyone that I have encountered, whether it’s been in my classes, employers, faculty, and friends have always been there to support and encourage me throughout my four years at WOU. WOU has become my second family, and I’m going to be very sad when I graduate.

What do you love most about the degree you completed?
Sociology has been an eye-opening experience. I have learned so much about justice, injustice, diversity, and inclusion from the classes I’ve taken, which has made a lasting impact on me. In my three years of taking sociology classes, I’ve been challenged but also had enriching experiences. I have spent a year and a half working towards the completion of my senior thesis. My topic was the Influence of Technology during Family Meals. I have collected previous research, passed out surveys, scheduled interviews, written my most extended paper in college, and presented my findings at the Academic Excellence Showcase. It was a long, rocky, and exhausting year and a half, but I accomplished so much and looking back. It was a fantastic experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

What has some of your extracurriculars been? 
During my time at WOU, I have been involved in the Student Activities Board as a general member, spent two years as director, and finished my senior year as the marketing coordinator. I was a hall host in my freshman year. I have worked at Student Engagement as an Information Desk staff and student building manager. I served two years on PLUS Team, and I was Wolfie, our mascot, for four incredible years. Through these opportunities, I have grown as a fantastic leader. I realized my passion for Student Affairs as a career as well as meeting some of my best friends that I couldn’t live without.

What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?
I think I have accomplished so many personal achievements throughout my time at WOU. I have created lasting traditions like New Student Sunrise, played a part in shaping the Wolfie program, received the 2019 Distinguished Student Leader award, completed my Sociology thesis and of course graduated!

Has there been a class or professor that has been particularly inspiring to you? 
Peter Callero, he is an excellent Sociology professor who enjoys what he teaches and gets students engaged as well.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I will be continuing my education at Seattle University for a Masters in Student Development Administration. My career goal is to advise and mentor student organizations at a university.

What advice do you have for current and future Wolves?
Get involved, and have fun! WOU has plenty of involvement activities, and there is always something that you will enjoy doing whether it be ASWOU, RHA, Hall Gov, SAB, MSU, or one of our many clubs you will have a blast being involved.

What do you know now that you wish you knew your first term in college?
WOU takes excessive key lockouts very serious. Don’t forget your keys 15 times in one term.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
I spent most of my time at the Warner University Center.

Did you have any funny mishaps or moments of confusion when you first started at WOU?
When I was a freshman, I was living in Landers on the first floor. I don’t know why, but I would continuously lock my keys in my room. I was in a single room because I was a Hall Host and couldn’t rely on a roommate to let me in. It got so bad that I had to talk to the Resident Director and got charged for excessive key lockouts. I was so scared about losing my keys again, and I feared that I would get be punished even more if it happened again so I would leave my window unlocked just in case. I want to make it very clear that you should not do this! I know I was probably breaking the rules and could get in even more trouble if I was caught, so don’t follow in my footsteps! Every time I would leave my keys in the room; I would pop my screen off the window, climb in, and put the screen back.

Well, one evening I was popping the screen off my window, and a student came up to me and was threatening to tell the RA’s or Public Safety about it (they probably thought I was trying to break into a friend’s room or something so I understand their reaction). I was trying to explain myself and tell the person that it is my room I have excessive lockouts, so I climb through my window if I ever lock my keys in there. I don’t think I persuaded them, but I never got in trouble, so it is all good.

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