Student, Class of 2018

Why did you choose Oregon Tech?

I chose Oregon Tech for a few main reasons. When looking at potential schools after finishing my associate’s degree at Shasta College in Redding and two years as a basketball player, I knew I wanted to continue to play basketball. So one of the first factors I looked for was somewhere that would give me an opportunity to play. I also wanted to go somewhere that had incredible academics as well. OIT gave me the best of both, while also keeping me close to home.

What do you like most about your major?

I love people. I love relationships and I'm always looking for ways to get better at relationships. The psychology program has taught me so much about how people think and behave. I have also really enjoyed getting to dig deeper into childhood behavior and learning how to incorporate programs to change behavior if need be.

What are you passionate about changing within this particular field and why?

I am passionate about teaching women that they are so much more worthy than what society says about them. I want to learn more about the way women think and teach the importance of using real and authentic models/actors on media and in the entertainment industry. Too often women play the "comparison game" where they feel inadequate or less than. I want young women to believe that what is in their hearts is the most valuable part about them. That ALL women are uniquely beautiful no matter the number on the scale.

What would be your dream job?

My dream job would be anything where I get to travel. I would love to work with young women and teach them about self-love and self-worth. Starting a women's ministry and speaking to large groups of young women about their dreams and passions would be MY biggest dream coming true.

What have been some of your favorite classes and why?      

I loved human development because it doesn't focus on just one thing like other classes. You get to learn about behavior patterns and thoughts from a young baby to an adult. Life is so beautiful and I really enjoyed getting to learn about how the brain develops! I also really enjoyed conflict negotiation because I thought it was one of the most realistic classes for me. I find myself using tools I learned in that class all the time.

Is there anything about Oregon Tech that you wish everyone knew about?     

I think people get turned away from the school because it's not by the beach or in the best weather (it gets cold here!). However, the staff is INCREDIBLE and offers so much support if you ask for it. If every student knew how helpful the professors truly are, I think their college experiences could be much better!

What's your favorite thing to do off campus?

Traveling. It's such a millennial thing for me to love, but it's so fitting. I recently went to Europe and it changed my life. I hope to visit 25 states before I’m 25.

Are you involved on campus? if so, how?

I am a captain on the women's basketball team and I am also a writer for our school newspaper.

Have you participated in any internships during your time at Oregon Tech? Did you gain valuable experience from them?

I will be doing my externship this year. I will be teaching Sunday school at a local church to 5th graders and I know I will take away many incredible experiences!

Do you have employment/graduate school plans for after graduation?

I would really like to get a TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certificate and travel abroad to teach English.

Anything else to share with future students?

Get involved on campus. I was fortunate enough to have basketball community waiting for me right when I got here, but if you do not play sports it is so important to join a club or a team so that you have people to go through this journey with!