Zoe Chan-Tuyub is a graduating Business student from Sherwood, Ore. Throughout her time at WOU, Chan-Tuyub has participated in many extracurriculars, including PLUS Team, Kappa Delta Chi sorority, and Alternative Break.
Are you a first-generation student? What has your experience been like?
My experience as a first-generation student has been amazing. Since I started at WOU I felt supported, and that continued throughout my four years. The Student Enrichment Program was the first program I became involved in, and I participated in their Summer Bridge Program. Through this experience, I met my first friends, became familiar with campus, and I got to meet my advisor, Chris Solario, who has been supportive over these last four years!
What have some of your extracurriculars been?
During my time at Western I have been the Alternative Break Coordinator for the Service Learning and Career Development Office, the Student Representative on the Board of Trustees, an Ambassador for the Admissions Office, a member of PLUS Team, a Student Engagement Employee, and a sister of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. These opportunities have impacted my time on campus by helping me grow as a leader, taught me how to best manage my time, and it showed me how special WOU’s campus and community are. I got to meet incredible people, and created some of my favorite memories.
Do you have any advice for current and prospective students?
My biggest piece of advice would be to support and empower those around you! I supported my friends, and they were there to support me too. I was fortunate that I had friends who encouraged me to apply for leadership positions that I didn’t think I would get. They would say, “what’s the worst that could happen? They say no?”. They would be there with me when I applied and interviewed, and it helped me believe in myself.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned throughout your time at WOU?
The biggest lesson that I have learned is that not all lessons are taught in a classroom. Yes, your education is important, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join a club or try something new!
What was your most visited spot on campus?
My most visited spot on campus was the Werner University Center! Most of my jobs were there, they have a lot of study spaces, and I would have meetings there. I spend most of my days there and my favorite place to be was the large red chairs!
Did you have any funny mishaps or moments of confusion when you first started at WOU?
Yes! My first day of classes I had a class in Bellamy hall, but on the schedule it was listed as HSS so I was running around trying to find my class. I ran into a girl who was also frantically trying to find the class too. We both ended up being 10 minutes late.