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 Lucy Eggleston, a senior from Asotin, Wash.
What are you studying?
I’m majoring in Viticulture & Enology.
Favorite Cougar Tradition:
Every Friday night before a home football game, the marching band hits the road performing their repertoire to get the Cougs ready for Cougar Football Saturday! The blasting brass section and beating drum line can be heard from across campus, and Coug spirit is amplified! This is the perfect way to get pumped up before cheering on my favorite team!
Favorite CAHNRS Commodity:
The Tin Lizzy Grabber has a place in my heart as the traditional celebratory treat after each big chemistry test freshman year. My group of friends would wait for each other outside the testing room and then victoriously head to the dining hall and pick up our favorite Grabber from the market. Every student that gets through a chemistry test deserves one of these delicious treats!
Why be a CAHNRS Coug?
Many of my favorite experiences as a student have come about through great conversations I have had with CAHNRS faculty members outside my major. Throughout my undergraduate career, I have worked in an entomology laboratory simply because the Teaching Assistant for one of my classes was enthusiastic about her work and I wanted to work in an intriguing lab like hers. A professor for an elective course encouraged me to travel, and that little push set me on a journey to complete an internship in France. After meeting with yet another faculty researcher and learning more about her profession, I now look forward to graduate school in Plant Pathology.
Best Student Experience:
While many have heard of the Coug family, there is truly nothing like one’s own journey into his or her niche. I found my family upon entering CAHNRS Ambassadors. I know this team has my back, personally and professionally. Whatever I am going through, I am confident that my teammates will always be there for me, supporting and encouraging me through even the toughest times. For those who struggle to get “immersed” in the family immediately, don’t worry! It wasn’t until my junior year that I joined this team and found my family here.
CAHNRS Taught Me:
Beginning as a general employee of an entomology laboratory, I was given insight into graduate students’ lives by working with PhD candidates in the lab. As I became more proficient in my work, I gathered and synthesized data for my own research project within the lab and complied a poster and presentation for SURCA (the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities). At SURCA, I presented my findings and competed with other WSU undergraduates for scholarships. Through these interactions and the practical skills I obtained, I am well prepared for a future in research!