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 Rachel DeMiero, a senior from Shelton, Wash.
What are you studying?
I’m majoring in Human Development.
Favorite Cougar Tradition:
One of my favorite traditions as a Cougar is being able to participate in the Fight Song at any and every WSU event. It’s an amazing experience to be standing amongst your fellow Cougs and all sing the Fight Song together. I can remember my first year at WSU and not knowing any of the words. I hummed along appreciating all the people singing around me! Now, I know it like any of my favorite songs; the lyrics forever imprinted in my mind. It’s that feeling of camaraderie with complete strangers. For one moment, while the song plays, you are all Cougar fans together.
Favorite CAHNRS Commodity:
It is no secret: I am a late night snacker and my go to for a late-night treat is the Ferdinand’s Grabber. I’m pretty sure they are only found in Pullman and I am probably their best customer. If Ferdinand’s ever stopped making these, I honestly don’t know what I would do when I get hungry at midnight. While every flavor is delicious, the mint chip is my favorite!
Why be a CAHNRS Coug?
The community within CAHNRS is unlike any other on campus. The moment I switched over to Human Development, I knew I had found my place and home at WSU. Everyone is very supportive and helpful. Being a CAHNRS Coug to me means making connections with your fellow students. Whether I am trying to grow personally or professionally, there are a group of people from CAHNRS right there to help me along the way. WSU, as a whole, is a big community, but within CAHNRS, we have our own family.
Best Student Experience:
Some of my best experiences as a student have been within the classes I have had the opportunity to take. WSU has some of the best professors and I am grateful that I get to learn from these wonderful educators. Having a professor that wants to see their students succeed and wants to be involved, makes a class so much more exciting and engaging, not to mention easier to learn in!
CAHNRS Taught Me:
The commitment that all the CAHNRS professionals have given to me has prepared me for whatever post-graduation brings my way. I have learned so many skills and concepts during my time as a CAHNRS student, and I am extremely appreciative. Being able to take certain concepts and apply them to real life scenarios is something I am proud of and I have CAHNRS to thank for that. This has been more than just sitting in a classroom trying to shove endless information in my head; it was a journey that taught me real-life lessons that have prepared me for the next step in life.