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 Heather Rogers, a senior from Spokane, Wash.
What are you studying?
I’m majoring in Animal Sciences, pre-vet track.
Why did you choose WSU?
I want to go into veterinary medicine, and WSU has a really wonderful College of Veterinary Medicine. I also received enough financial aid to make attending college a feasible plan.
What is special about being a CAHNRS Coug?
The sense of community is wonderful between students, but also between the students and faculty members. There’s also an amazing amount of hands-on opportunities both in and outside of class.
What is your favorite CAHNRS class so far and why?
I have had a lot of wonderful classes during my time here, but one of my favorites was HD 205. It wasn’t in my field of study, but it helped me understand my personality and how I interact with other people, improving my relationship with myself and helping me to communicate more effectively.
Who are influential professors that you’ve had, and how did they impact your life?
- Dr. Johnson in the Animal Science department was really influential my freshman year. She was one of my advisors for the Ignite Undergraduate Research Program, and helped me explore different paths that I’d never thought of before.
- Denise Yost in Human Development taught my HD 205 class and really challenged my worldview of how to communicate and how to address my own internal conflicts and anxieties
What extracurricular activities are you involved in besides ambassadors?
I work in the Exotics and Wildlife Department at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, as well as the Writing Center. I also foster animals for Whitman County Humane Society.
What is a fun fact about you?
I absolutely love older technology, and one of my all-time favorite gifts was a typewriter.
What advice would you give an incoming freshman/high school senior to help them adjust to college?
Give yourself one day as a rest day from classes, activities, work and general obligations. This makes scheduling appointments, catching up on homework, or just taking a breath a whole lot easier.
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