32 WAEF students graduated this spring/summer! We were excited to hear from some of our now former students about their post-graduation plans.
Students sent varying types of information in response to our inquiry about their graduation plans. Instead of editing to fit one common profile, we thought we would just give a chance to read their own words.
Thank you for supporting this worthwhile group of young people!
I am completing my summer exercise internship in Yakima, WA. I am now looking for a part time job. After my internship, I plan on completing hours for medical experience to apply to the Physician's Assistant program at Heritage University. With that, I plan on getting my master's degree as a PA and serve my community.
Time sure has flown by. I can't believe 4 years have passed and I am a college graduate. I am currently job searching in Yakima, my goal is to work for an organization that helps foster better educational outcomes for low income families, in particular the Head Start program. My plan post-graduation is to work for a year or two and then return to graduate school and receive my masters. I am very thankful for every opportunity and the support that WAEF has provided me with. It has been a true blessing to have had WAEF with me through my college career. I hope to have a positive impact on the lives of the people in my community just like WAEF had on mine. Once again thank you and WAEF for all that you do, I would not be where I am today with out you.
I just graduated in May from Washington State University with a major in Accounting and a minor in Sociology. I accepted a position last November at an accounting firm in Spokane, WA called BDO, USA and will be a full-time Audit Associate starting October 2017. I am currently studying for the CPA exam and within a year and a half I hope to have my CPA license. I am definitely looking forward to moving to Spokane this summer and starting my journey in my career thanks to the help of WAEF throughout my college career.
I am currently in WSU's Master in Teaching (MIT) program which began last week and will finish next June-then I will be certified to teach history/social studies and English at the secondary (middle/high school) level! Very excited to be here, even if it is tremendously demanding!
Now that I am officially a 2017 college and WAEF graduate, I would like to thank the Washington Apple Education Foundation for financially supporting and encouraging me throughout my time at Wenatchee Valley College and Eastern Washington University (EWU). Facing financial struggles while attempting to earn a college degree was daunting, however, WAEF provided financial resources that helped me overcome this financial barrier. Words cannot express how blessed I am to have received your financial support throughout my college journey.
As a result, the scholarships I received from this amazing foundation allowed me to graduate from EWU with a 3.9 grade point average. These scholarships made my college experience less stressful and more fulfilling. It is important to note that your financial assistance made higher education possible not only for me but for my sisters Nancy and Marbella as well. This endeavor would not have been likely if it wasn't for the generous WAEF donors who believed in us and made our educational dreams more affordable. This foundation financially supported my family tremendously and for that, we are forever grateful. Thank you so much for investing in our education!
Additionally, I would like to let the WAEF community know what post-graduation looks like for me. My plans at this stage are to make use of newly gained knowledge by serving and supporting others in my community and launching my career as a young professional. Early in May I met with the Behavioral Health Director at Columbia Valley Community Health and was offered a position. Thank you again for the incredible support from your organization and from your donors.
For my post graduation plans, I will be attending law school at the University of Idaho with a focus on agricultural and environmental policy. This summer I will be in Chicago competing in a national Applied Agricultural Economics Quiz Bowl for my school.
I recently graduated from Washington State University and my post-graduation plans are keeping me very occupied. I am currently working with my dad picking cherries in the mornings, freelance work in the afternoons practicing my graphic design and web development skills as I am working with small businesses redesigning their menu designs and logo designs. And I am also working part time in McDonald's. There is lots of time management and organization needed with a busy schedule like mine but everything is possible if I stay motivated. I am planning on going to Mexico for about a month this year since it has been about ten years since I last visited. Which is why I am working so much, so I can save up and go help my dad with his store in Mexico during the busy season. After all of this is done and I had the chance to go to Mexico I am wanting to come back and save up again so I can move closer to the Seattle area in the near future and begin looking for a graphic design position or something along those lines.
I will be an intern at Moss Adams - Yakima this summer. In September, I will return to Central Washington University to complete a one-year masters in Information Technology and Administrative Management.
Mandy Southard (Not pictured), Gonzaga University
I graduated from Gonzaga University in fall 2016. I got a job as the resource room teacher at Icicle River Middle School in Leavenworth starting next fall and I'm really excited!
I will be starting full time this Monday, June 19th in Houston Texas. I am doing a finance rotational program with Amazon (OFRP) Operations Finance Rotational Program. I will be moving every 6 months to a different city for a year and a half so a total of 3 rotations. I will be working in the fulfillment centers focusing on the operations and financial aspect of the company.
I will be doing an internship with the Washington State Auditors Office during the summer and will begin with Moss Adams in Spokane in the fall.
Mariano Perez (not pictured), Washington State University
For post graduation plans, I still have a semester left at WSU so I will officially be done at the end of December. After that I hope to find a job with the USDA at the branch in Wenatchee. Since I am already working within the USDA here in Pullman, I hope to transfer and continue to work within the USDA.
Mariany Morales (not pictured), Washington State University
Attending dental school at the University of Washington.
I am excited to share this great news with you in regards to my post graduate plans. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, I will be attending Oregon State University to obtain my masters in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, where I will continue doing research on Latina women that identify within the LGBTQ+ spectrum. I have also been fully funded, and I hope to obtain my PhD in Women and Gender studies with an emphasis on psychology. I have also presented at many conferences.
Being the first born and only female out of three siblings, was always a challenge for me. I was the one they would look up to, as much as I tried to not make any mistakes, that was never possible. I have tried my best to be their rock and motivation, I was always afraid of failing because I knew that I wouldn't only disappoint them and my parents, but myself. Showing them that anything is reachable if you make it possible. I graduated from Heritage University Spring of 2017.
Attending Heritage University was by far the best decision I have ever made. From the day I went on a tour to graduation day, I always felt as if I was home. One of the couple of things that makes Heritage stand out is the culture. Heritage University is not about the quantity but the quality in providing services to assist students as best as they can. Towards the end of Fall semester 2016, I started my internship with Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington as a Human Resources Clerk. Being an intern at Catholic Charities helped me grow a lot professionally and as a person. I saw the insights of the HR world and could see what my career would look like. As an intern, I worked through employee personnel files and ensure that they were maintained in compliance with audit and legal requirements. Currently I am working full time for the same organization as their Human Resources Assistant. I am grateful for the opportunity because I couldn't have started my career in a better way.
As I have stated in the past, my journey was not easy. Aside from all the long hours of dedication into getting this far and proving to myself and younger siblings that anything is possible no matter the time and sacrifices, I thank WAEF directors, board members, volunteers and sponsors. WAEF was my biggest support system and there won't ever be enough words to show my gratitude towards everyone that was with me along the way.
I am working as of right now here in Wapato. I plan on traveling to Mexico for a month to visit friends and family! I am living in Bellingham once I return from my trip. I want to work in the Bellingham School District as a mentor for students and also apply to a Masters in Teaching or a Masters in Education program! Also THANK YOU for all your hard work that you contribute to WAEF I'm greatly appreciative of all the support WAEF has provided throughout my undergrad from the care packages, the lunches, the dinners, and career tours!
Additionally, we also want to recognize the congratulate the following students from graduating from their respective institutions this spring:
Adolfo Pineda, University of Washington
Alejandra Ruiz, Eastern Washington University
Alexis Guzman, Gonzaga University
Antonio Moreno, Central Washington University
Bianca Ramirez, Washington State University
Claudia Hernandez, Central Washington University
Consuelo Vega, Washington State University
Gabriela Navarrete, Southern Oregon University
Gabriela Ruiz, Eastern Washington University
Gabriela Villarreal, Washington State University
Gerardo Perez, Washington State University
Herlinda Jimenez, Heritage University
Jazmin Escalera, Washington State University
Patricia Romero, Eastern Washington University
Raychel Sali, Perry Technical Institute
Stephanie Perez, Washington State University