Grad Profile: Emily Beck

Emily Beck is a 2021 graduate from Springfield, Oregon. She is majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Health. Emily is also an award winner from WOU’s Leadership Recognition Month, where she received the Psychology Peer Advising Leadership Award.


Why did you choose WOU? 

I chose WOU because it was close to home, affordable, beautiful, safe, friendly, and small, which allowed me the perfect environment to grow as a person.


What has been your favorite annual event at WOU? 

I absolutely love the Drag Show at WOU. My favorite thing about it is that the entire Monmouth/Independence community comes out to show support for those participating. It also has an incredibly fun and happy atmosphere! 


What have some of your extracurriculars been? 

I was involved in peer [mentoring], peer tutoring, peer advising, [participating as a] TA and RA for Dr. Cloud, [volunteering] at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and [acting as] a member of Psi Chi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.


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Emily Beck

How did those impact your time on campus? 

I loved being involved at WOU because it allowed me to make a variety of connections with faculty and peers and diversify my experiences. When it was in-person, I practically lived on campus, which meant seeing lots of friends and faculty, which I loved!


Do you have any advice for current and prospective students? 

Don’t be scared to get involved with anything you’re passionate about. It will make you a better student and person, trust me. Also, your professors are there to support you, so feel free to talk to them, get to know them, and build connections with them, because they are amazing people who love what they do! 


Who stands out from your time at WOU and why? 

Dr. Cloud is an incredible professor and someone I look to as a role model. She is authentic, intelligent, kind, funny, supportive, and above all incredibly passionate about what she does. If you get the chance, take a class with her and get to know her, because she is awesome. 


What is your favorite building on campus? Why? 

Todd Hall will always hold a special place in my heart, since it houses the Psychology Department on campus. Although it is very old, sometimes has broken bathrooms, and is rumored to be haunted, it still always made me feel safe & supported. 


What are your plans for after graduation? 

I plan on attending Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California in the fall to get my M.S. in Child Life. I am very excited to continue my education on something I am passionate about, and it gets me one step closer to my career goal of becoming a certified Child Life Specialist. 

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