Grad Profile: Heather Casey

Heather Casey is a 2021 graduate from Kingman, Arizona. She is majoring in ASL/English Interpreting, with a minor in ASL Studies. 


What has your experience been like as a transfer student?

I transferred to WOU from Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2018. I have absolutely loved my experience at WOU, and I am so grateful for the experiences I have had here and the amazing people that I have met here. 


Why did you choose WOU? 

I chose WOU for their ASL/English Interpreting program. I had completed an associate’s program studying ASL interpreting and came to WOU to continue my education and receive my bachelor’s degree. 


What has been your most memorable class? 

I have loved so many of the classes throughout the ASL/English Interpreting program. I feel that they have pushed me to reflect on myself and my own personal biases and work to become more educated on topics that I may have otherwise never had as much exposure to. My favorite of these classes would have to be Cultural Intelligence with professor Tie Burcham. 


Student stands in front of bush, hands on her hips, as she wears a red grad cap and a WOU sash.
Heather Casey

Who stands out from your time at WOU and why?

First, my classmates in my ASL/English Interpreting cohort are some of the most amazing human beings I have ever met, and I feel so truly lucky to have had the opportunity to learn and grow with them by my side. I don’t think I could have survived without them. As far as faculty, Kara Gournaris is such a beautiful and inspiring woman, and I have loved getting the chance to have her as a professor, a mentor, a friend and neighbor. 


What was your most visited spot on campus? 

My most visited spot on campus was the second floor of the library. My best friend in my cohort, Harllee Noda, and I would get coffee downstairs and The Press, then head upstairs and spend hours doing homework together at the back tables. I feel like I practically lived there during my junior year, and I was so sad when I was unable to study there due to COVID-19. 


What is your favorite building on campus?  

My favorite building on campus is the Richard Woodcock Education Building. It was designed to be accessible to the Deaf community with wide hallways and well-lit rooms with large windows. My favorite spot is the egg-shaped chairs upstairs. I alway loved to relax there in between ASL classes. 


What will you miss the most about WOU? 

I will miss just being a student. I always loved registering for new classes every term and feeling so excited to learn new things. The professors at Western are all so passionate about what they teach, and that makes any class so much more interesting. 


What has been your biggest achievement in college?

Graduating with honors at both my community college as well as at WOU is definitely one of my biggest accomplishments.

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