Grad Profile: Trani Rae Morton

Trani Rae Morton is a 2021 graduate from Chino Hills, California. She is a double major in American Sign Language/English Interpreting and ASL Studies.

 

What has been your most memorable class? 

I really can’t name just one. I love all of my teachers and the staff interpreters at WOU. If one [specifically] was life changing for me, it would be my cultural intelligence class. Taking that class during a time when my community was really hurting and starting to really speak up about it was painful, eye opening, and healing for me. I thank the interpreting program for making that a required class. 

 

What has been your favorite annual event at WOU?  

The drag show, by all means. Although I didn’t get the chance to work on or in the show, I found a fun, safe place with people like me where we could be ourselves and just have fun. Those shows have been the best experiences, and I hope I can continue to go in the years to come. 

 

Student stands in house, pursing her lips at camera and leaning into older man who is smiling.
Trani Rae Morton

What have some of your extracurriculars been? How did those impact your time on campus?

I work as a professional [makeup artist] at Ulta with MAC. Being a part of that store and being the closest makeup store to Monmouth brings in a lot of students. I was often recognized at work for being “the girl with the hair” that they had seen on campus, so it really impacted my social life. I got to know a lot of wonderful people by simply working there. 

 

Who stands out from your time at WOU?

Erin Trine has been the example of a lifetime. I hope to grow up and be as graceful, kind, and nurturing as she is. From before I was even accepted at WOU, I had her support [on] how to handle the situations I was put in at the community college. Without Erin, I wouldn’t be here and I wouldn’t be graduating. 

 

What do you love most about the major/minors you completed?

I love the support. I didn’t expect to have a community of people giving me all types of support and advice in this manner at all. This isn’t something that is limited to our area; this is quite literally a whole community of people all across the country that reach out and are willing to connect new graduates with mentors and job links. Our staff is a collective group of amazing people that I’m honored to work with and share in my success story.

 

What has been your biggest achievement in college?

Graduating with honors. I still can’t believe it. I took 18+ units almost every term in order to complete my double major, and I can’t believe I did it with honors. I felt very supported my entire time at WOU. 

 

Did you have any funny mishaps or moments of confusion when you first started at WOU?

I started a scare war with some other students in RWEC, and one time I was coming out of the bathroom, and my friend scared me and I screamed and made everyone else in the bathroom scream. This happened while people were leaving classes, and it was just really funny. I also fell down the stairs a few times while trying to walk and sign. 

 

What are your plans for after graduation? 

Well, now that I know how smart I am, I will be continuing my education with the masters program at WOU. I love this school too much to leave yet. I’m ready. 

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