Grad Profile: Karina Ortiz Ramirez

Karina Ortiz Ramirez is a 2021 graduate from Salem, Oregon. Her major is Early Childhood/Elementary Education, with a minor in ESOL/Bilingual Education. 


How has being a Dreamer impacted your journey to and within college?

Being a Dreamer impacted my journey to and within college by always giving me the motivation to keep going and to always reach for my dreams and goals in life. I never imagined having the opportunity to attend a university, let alone be able to become a teacher, and now, reaching this dream seems so unreal, yet it feels so amazing knowing that I did this. 


What has the experience been like as a transfer student?

I am a transfer student from Chemeketa Community College. My experience as a transfer student has been great. Since starting at WOU, I always felt like I was a part of WOU’s community and have always felt welcomed.


Student in grad gown standing in sunshine, holding a decorated cap that reads "Hija de immigrantes."
Karina Ortiz Ramirez

Why did you choose WOU? 

I chose WOU because it was close to home (Salem, Oregon), and because I wanted to apply to WOU’s teaching licensure program. 


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

My biggest lesson that I have learned throughout my time at WOU is to not be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s asking your professors, classmates, advisors, or even someone you may not know, everyone at WOU is here to help. 


What is your favorite building on campus?  

My favorite building on campus is the Richard Woodcock Education Center, because that is where I spend the majority of my time. Whether it was going to class, doing homework, or simply just relaxing, you could always find me in the RWEC building. 


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

What I love most about my major/minor as a bilingual teacher is that I will be able to be a part of a community that impacts the young minds of children. 


What are your plans for after graduation? 

To teach in the Salem-Keizer school district as a bilingual elementary school teacher. 

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