Each week, we showcase one of our CAHNRS Ambassadors, a student leadership organization that encourages students to pursue higher education and serves as a liaison between the college and the greater community. This week, we’re featuring Alec Solemslie, a junior from Big Lake, Wash.
What are you studying?
Why did you choose WSU?
I chose WSU for its community and small town feel. While debating between UW and WSU, I decided WSU would provide a chance to be an individual and to connect with others while having a voice.
What is special about being a CAHNRS Coug?
A CAHNRS Coug means being a part of a community/family working together as a collective, and as individuals, to better and support one another, and the future of our fields.
What is your favorite CAHNRS class so far and why?
NATRS 305, Silviculture with Dr. Mark Swanson. He is very passionate about the class, giving us energy and passion. Hands-on experience with field trips connects lecture material to the real world.
Who are influential professors that you’ve had, and how did they impact your life?
Dr. Mark Swanson is immensely relatable and passionate about his work. Every conversation is entertaining and I always walk away feeling inspired.
Dr. Benjamin Zamora is a huge resource in terms of knowledge and research. He cares about his students and brings passion to his subject.
What extracurricular activities are you involved in besides ambassadors?
I am involved with Horticulture Club, Forestry Club, Residence Hall Association, and ASWSU Environmental Sustainability Alliance.
What is a fun fact about you?
I have a bad habit of collecting plant seeds and materials from other people’s gardens and arboretums.
What advice would you give an incoming freshman/high school senior to help them adjust to college?
Get involved and find your community. It is your responsibility to find events and activities. You will build lifelong friendships and a support group and be able to explore your passions.
Favorite item/flavor at Ferdinand’s?
Huckleberry and Cougar Gold