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 Chris West, a junior from Plano, Texas.
What are you studying?
I’m majoring in Viticulture and Enology.
Favorite Cougar Tradition:
Nothing beats drinking a pint every Friday afternoon at the Coug with my mates! In the rush of college, whether it be papers, exams, projects, or many else, it is easy to forget to take a few minutes and just enjoy life. These Friday afternoons are times to do just that: breathe and enjoy the day. This time to relax and appreciate the afternoon with my friends is something I look forward to everyday.
Favorite CAHNRS Commodity:
Wine and cheese! Is there a better pair? Especially when you know where and how the wine is made, right here in the Palouse! As someone who has first-hand experience making wine, I know how to appreciate someone else’s hard work and effort put in to make the drink. And cheese is indisputably the best food to pair with a great wine.
Why be a CAHNRS Coug?
Being a CAHNRS Coug provides a fantastic universal sense of comradery, friendship, leadership, and the chance to pass on wisdom. I hope to pass on the knowledge I have gained through my successes, as well as my failures, to a new generation of Cougs. Just as someone showed me the ropes of college, I hope to teach younger students what it really means to be a CAHNRS Coug.
Best Student Experience:
Being given the chance to make wine while studying at WSU has been an incredible opportunity and experience. Getting the chance to make my own wine, as well as Merry’s wine at Merry Cellars, is something I wouldn’t give up. Outside of work and the classroom, watching the Cougs beat Stanford during last year’s Dad’s Weekend, with my dad by my side, was an experience I’ll never forget! From good wine to great football, WSU has it all!
CAHNRS Taught Me:
CAHNRS taught me the very broad spectrum of wine and winemaking. When the variety of fruit and other avenues sparked my interest in viticulture and enology, the CAHNRS department opened all kinds of doors for me. From classes to internships to work opportunities, CAHNRS has provided countless opportunities for growth, learning and enjoyment.