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 Annabel Atienzo, a senior from Burien, Wash.
What are you studying?
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Favorite Cougar Tradition:
Cougar Football Saturday is by far the BEST Cougar tradition! Alumni, professors, WSU staff, and past, present and future WSU students all gather together, put differences and to-do lists aside and support WSU. Singing the WSU Fight Song alongside friends and strangers alike and going all-out on the crimson and gray spirit gear, complete with glitter in hair, is the best way to celebrate being a Coug!
Favorite CAHNRS Commodity:
At this point in college and in life, I have come to the realization that I am probably allergic to dairy. Alongside that realization: I also don’t care if I am allergic because I love Cougar Gold Cheese, Ferdinand’s Ice Cream and everything dairy. Even with the allergies, it is worth enjoying these incredible treats, especially when I know that all these products are made on our very own campus. Between the local connection and the taste, these dairy products are worth it!
Why be a CAHNRS Coug?
I became a CAHNRS Coug when I found the Human Development major. It included the classes I wanted to take and would help me to get where I want to go in life. Other than those incredible classes, I have fallen in love with how the CAHNRS family is open and accepting of everyone and every situation. Whether you’re from Washington State or a country far away, or studying Human Development, Agricultural Economics, or Fashion Merchandising, CAHNRS is a home for everyone.
Best Student Experience:
My best student experience was participating in a study abroad program called Camp Adventure. This program provided me with the opportunity to travel to Camp McTureous, a Marine Corps base in Okinawa, Japan, over the summer of 2018. During the week, I worked with kids everyday and acted as a professional recreation leader. I was also able to travel around the island over the weekends. Over the course of the summer, I was provided countless opportunities to grown as an individual and gain independence.
CAHNRS Taught Me:
CAHNRS classes prepared me for the real world more than anything else. I learned how to manage my time, money, relationships, and much more. Throughout college and my involvement with CAHNRS, I have also been given amazing opportunities to give my time and energy back to the Pullman community. These opportunities varied between painting and playing with children as young as two years old, organizing donations with older adults at a local thrift store, gardening with the Backyard Harvest to prepare crops for the summer and much more. Throughout all my experiences, in and out of the classroom, I really do feel prepared for the real world after graduation!