Antonia Scholerman is a 2021 graduate from Bend, Ore. She is a History major with a minor in Art History. Antonia is also an award winner from WOU’s Leadership Recognition Month, where she was recognized with a Distinguished Student Leader award.
What has been your favorite annual event at WOU?
The Holiday Tree Lighting is definitely one of my favorite events at WOU. The past three years, I’ve been able to help plan this event through my involvement with the Student Activities Board. Between helping organize the elementary school essay contest and the parade, the Holiday Tree Lightings have become some of my fondest memories at Western.
What have some of your extracurriculars been? How did those impact your time on campus?
Extracurriculars: Acapella Club, the Wellness Advocacy Group, the Student Activities Board
Jobs: PLUS Team, Ambassadors, WOU Library Archives, WOU TV (I was a closed captioner).
Being involved in many activities gave me many opportunities to meet other people! The most rewarding part about these activities, aside from making friends and meeting new people, was the leadership skills I developed and the opportunities to learn and grow.
Do you have any advice for current and prospective students?
My largest piece of advice for students is to get involved in a club or organization on campus as soon as you can. There’s such a wide variety of different opportunities at WOU, so you can really tailor your experience to what you want. Whether it’s joining a club or Greek organization, or becoming involved in student leadership or the creative arts, or participating in intramural sports or campus events, finding a place where you can meet other students is a really important part of building your own community. There are so many opportunities to connect with others, so even if you have to go looking for them, it is more than worth the effort.
What is your favorite building on campus?
My favorite building on campus is Campbell Hall. Although I didn’t get to have very many classes there, I really enjoyed the chances I got to explore the building. Campbell Hall is the most beautiful building at WOU, and I love wandering around the gallery spaces to look at the art. As the oldest building on campus, I love seeing old photographs of campus and noticing the changes either in the building itself or the landmarks around it. I always end up discovering something new about Campbell Hall!
What will you miss the most about WOU?
I think that the people at Western are the hardest thing to leave behind. Those I’ve become friends with in clubs, organizations, or campus jobs will hold a special place in my heart. At WOU, I’ve met some really inspiring people, and they are the reason Western has felt like home to me over the past four years.
What do you love most about the major/minors you completed?
I love our History department. They are the most kind, understanding, and helpful professors on campus. Going through the History senior capstone process gave me a wonderful opportunity to work closely with the faculty in developing my thesis project. Their extensive expertise and knowledge is inspiring, and their passion for their jobs comes across so clearly in class.
What has been your biggest achievement in college?
This year, I was recognized as one of the two Distinguished Student Leader award recipients through Leadership Recognition Month. I didn’t expect to stand out among the countless strong student leaders on campus, but it is very rewarding to be recognized for the hard work I’ve put into these organizations.
What do you know now that you wish you knew your first term in college?
It’s okay to make mistakes. You’ll move on and grow from the experience, but making small mistakes is not the end of the world. By understanding that it’s okay to be imperfect, you can recognize the areas of which you still need to grow.