Blanca Miranda-Aguilar is an Interdisciplinary Studies major from Arroyo Grande, Calif. As a 2020 graduate, we interviewed her on college memories and lessons learned.
What has your experience been like as a first-generation student?
Yes, I am a first-generation student. I was lucky enough to find and get the help of the Multicultural Student Services and Programs Office. They were there to help me answer and/or deal with all the questions I had or difficulties that came along in my four years at WOU. Thank you to the Student Enrichment Program office for helping me with books and equipment, such as laptops.
Why did you choose WOU?
I chose WOU because of its student-to-professor ratio and its location. Since the first time I visited WOU, I was able to see myself studying here.
What has been your most memorable class?
I loved my Philosophy 103 with Ryan Hickerson. I love the energy that he would teach the class with, the logic in the class material, how every day I came in, I learned something new. Overall, the class was awesome!
What has been your favorite annual event at WOU?
I really enjoy the Holiday Tree Lighting event, since it is very family-friendly. I loved seeing families, students, faculty, and community coming together–all being happy!
What have some of your extracurriculars been?
I was an executive board member for Multicultural Student Union, a Mentor for Multicultural Representatives, went to San Francisco, California for an Alternative Break, and worked for three offices at WOU: Upward Bound Office, Multicultural Student Services and Programs Office, and Student Engagement Office.
I can honestly say that, thanks to my involvements, I am the person I am today and I graduated! Because of them, I felt that I did belong at WOU, and they did become one of my reasons why I should continue studying.
Do you have any advice for current and prospective students?
I advise them to get involved and to always reach out!
Who stands out from your time at WOU?
Anna Hernandez-Hunter and Luanne Carrilo-Avalos. These two advisors are the best!
What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?
Graduating despite being a full time student, full time employee, and a mom!
What are your plans for after graduation?
As of right now, I plan on finding a job and spending as much as I can with my baby. And in the future, go back to school for a master’s degree.