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 Alexan Ranney, a senior from Shelton, Wash.
What are you studying?
I’m majoring in Animal Science and Pre-Med, with a minor in Women’s Studies.
Why did you choose WSU?
I want to say I was very logical about it, but honestly, the family feeling I got when I stepped onto campus got me immediately. I knew this could be my second home.
What is special about being a CAHNRS Coug?
Empowerment and support. We are learning how to make a difference in a community that truly believes in us as future leaders.
What is your favorite CAHNRS class so far and why?
Animal Science 481. I got the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica, not only getting closer to two amazing faculty members and my classmates, but also experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world and understand new perspectives with animal science.
Who are influential professors that you’ve had, and how did they impact your life?
Nancy Irlbeck emphasizes being true to yourself and gets to know each and every one of us as an individual—amazing stories too!
Angie Reitmeier is so amazing and has taught me so much about her specialty as well as how to be the best version of myself. She cares so much, which I think is one of the most important qualities in the world.
Martin Maquivar is known as one of the funniest, most relatable college professors for a reason! Every day in his class is so enjoyable, and it is obvious that he is passionate about what he’s teaching. He wants to connect to the students in his class and see them succeed!
What extracurricular activities are you involved in besides ambassadors?
I was also a VTH intern for a year and a half, volunteer/shadow at a hospital, am a CKI officer (go Kiwanis family!) and am the ASWSU Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention and Education Chair.
What is a fun fact about you?
I was born with straight hair, but it fell out after a nasty case of chicken pox and grew back as a lion’s mane.
What advice would you give an incoming freshman/high school senior to help them adjust to college?
Remember to slow down and have de-stressors/fun things on the side! These four years are also about growing up and finding more about yourself.
Favorite item/flavor at Ferdinand’s?
Classic Cougar Gold Cheese—it’s the best!