Grad Profile: Kelsie Greenhill

Kelsie Greenhill is a Public Policy and Administration major with a minor in Spanish. She is from Willamina, Ore. As a notable 2020 graduate, we interviewed Greenhill on her favorite aspects of WOU and fond memories from college.


What has the experience been like as a transfer student?

I transferred from Chemeketa Community College. My transition was very smooth. Western Oregon University has a welcoming campus, and a small hometown feel. These qualities influenced my decision to transfer to Western.


What has been your most memorable class? 

My most memorable class is a Spanish Healthcare class I took with Dr. Claudia Costagliola. The class was able to roleplay real life scenarios, in another language, and it was hilarious. She is one of my favorite professors at WOU. She makes learning fun, and has such a passion for teaching.

Student sits atop stone bench in her cap and gown, smiling down at the camera.
Kelsie Greenhill


What have some of your extracurriculars been? 

One of my favorite extracurricular activities here at WOU was the opportunity to do an internship. This was in my career path and opened my eyes for future career opportunities. I was able to use what I learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world. I actually spent more time on campus and was able to use the resources Western provides. 


What is the biggest lesson you have learned throughout your time here? 

The biggest lesson I have learned throughout my time at WOU is to enjoy where I am now. Be proud of yourself for every step you take towards your goals. 


Do you have any advice for current and prospective students? 

Of course! I would say do not let this time pass you by. Amidst all the studying and working, make time for yourself and what makes you happy. I loved being able to make friends with people in my classes and have coffee with them from time to time. Things can get crazy; hold on to who you are! 


What has been the highlight of your time at WOU? 

The highlight of my time at WOU has been the friendships I have made here. There are so many awesome people I have met along the way. This university has given me lifelong friendships and contacts that I continue to cherish. 


What will you miss the most about WOU? 

What I will miss most about WOU is the sense of community and utmost support from the faculty here. The professors really care about their students and want them to succeed in their future careers. I will miss the friendships, as well. 


What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?

I would say my biggest achievement in college is learning another language.


What are your plans for after graduation? 

To travel and use my degree in the real world! 

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