Meet Western's Student Ambassadors!

Get to know Western’s Student Ambassadors 

One of these students could be your tour guide on your campus visit!

 

Hannah Braden: “I love how nice and welcoming all the students at Western are!”

  • Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major: Biology with a Pre-Med emphasis; Minor: Chemistry
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Orientation Leader, member of the Honors Program, and a Western Social Media Ambassador   
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it's needing help finding a classroom or help with homework, the people and professors here are always more than willing to help with anything. So, make your life easier and be willing to ask for help when you need it!"

 

Amanda Campbell: “I’m a city girl gone Mountaineer. I love being here in the heart of the Rocky Mountains!”

  • Hometown: Westminster, CO
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major(s): Environment and Sustainability, Anthropology
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Honors Student Advisory Board, Anthropology Club, and Mountain Sports Trail Running Team
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Try new things and be spontaneous! Say “yes” to adventures and exploring new places. My favorite memories in college were all spur-of-the-moment ideas!”

 

Kendall Cox: “I love how enthusiastic the students of Western are about what they do here!”

  • Hometown: Montrose, CO
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major(s): Exercise and Sports Science and Environment and Sustainability; Minor(s): English and Environmental Science

“Originally, I was an English major and changed it to a minor two weeks into college.”

  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Honors Program, Mountain Sports Train Running Team, and a Western Social Media Ambassador  
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and meet new people! Everyone at Western is so friendly and welcoming, so just be yourself and you’ll fit right in!”

 

Shelby Deutsch: “I am perseverant and steadfast with what I want and who I am and there is no better place for me than Western.”

  • Hometown: Fort Collins, CO 
  • Year at Western: Sophomore
  • Major: Recreation and Outdoor Education; Minor(s): Spanish and Art
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Resident Assistant, member of Young Life and Intramural Sports, volleyball coach at the Community Center, Youth Group Leader for middle/high school students
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Be confident in who you are when entering into a new place with new people. It will make it easier to stay on top of your school work, as well as, make new friends and get involved.”

 

Bethany Eveleth: “I love the uniqueness of the programs and opportunities that are offered!”

  • Hometown: Elizabeth, CO
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major: English; Minor: Recreation and Outdoor Education

“I’ve changed my major multiple times from Hotel and Restaurant Management to Recreation and Outdoor Education to English.

  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor’s Society), Writing Center tutor, Trip Leader for Wilderness Pursuits, works off campus, an avid runner, and yogi
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“My advice for any new student would be don't wait to get involved! College is what you make it, and if you rush back to your dorm every day after classes, you'll have a hard time meeting people and feeling a sense of community. Also, don't be "too cool" to talk to your professors! It's their job to help you, and give you the tools to be as successful as possible. So, be sure to use them as a resource. Plus, you always make some really cool connections with them.”

 

Alice Healy: “There are no cliques here, the athletes, theatre kids and nerds are all one big family!”

  • Hometown: Kingston, WA
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major: Biology with an Environmental Biology and Ecology emphasis; Minor: Chemistry
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: President of the Honors Student Advisory Board, BLM Intern, and Honors Program Work-Study 
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Don't think of college as a time to reinvent yourself. Instead, think of it as a chance to discover who you have always been.”

 

Allie Huizenga: “Western has truly helped me find my passion and break out of my shell.”

  • Hometown: Elizabeth, CO
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major: Business Administration with an Energy Management emphasis; Minor: Spanish
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Honors Program, President of the Western Association of Professional Landmen, Geiman Fellows, Model United Nations, Energy Management Work-Study, and a Western Social Media Ambassador  
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Make a new friend your first day, that isn't your roommate! It isn't the easiest, but everyone is in the same boat and college is a brand new experience. If you find a friend right from the start, you'll have that person to go through orientation with, go to events on campus, and someone that gets you out of your room!”

 

Anna Kaiser: “I have learned that I am able to work well with people who have different views and opinions than I do.”

  • Hometown: Pocatello, ID
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major(s): Mathematics and Environment and Sustainability; Minor: Economics
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: NCAA DII swimmer and member of Sustainability Coalition
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Keep your room key and ID on a lanyard!” 

 

Katie Lyons: “I feel right at home in a small university with a tight-knit campus. The students here have adventurous and risk taking personalities that have drawn me deeper into the community!”

  • Hometown: Greeley, CO
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major: Psychology; Minor(s): Biology and Communication
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Mountain Sports Trail Running Team
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Explore the Gunnison Valley! This area has so much to offer and you'll fall in love with it if you take the time to adventure outside.”

 

Jonas Maag: “Being at a small school is great because I can go to my professors for assistance at any time and know their doors are open.”

  • Hometown: Chandler, AZ
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major: Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology; Minor: Biology

“Originally, I was an Exercise and Sport Science Major, but switched majors my sophomore year.”

  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Mountain Sports Trail Running Team, Resident Advisor, Peer Educator with the LEAD office, and Honors Program
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Visit your professors in their offices often. Even if you don't need help, talking to them outside of class is a great way to build relationships, which will help with internships, letters of recommendation, and job opportunities. Also, say “yes” every time someone wants to camp/climb/bike/ski. Even if you are new to outdoor adventures, it's a great way to make friends in the Gunnison Valley.”

 

Lily Newell: “Since coming to Western I’ve found out who I am and what I want to be, while gaining my independence.”

  • Hometown: Eagan, MN
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major(s): Geology, Mathematics, and Honors
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Member of the Geology Club, Women’s Club Soccer, and Intramural Volleyball
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Get involved in one way or another. You'll regret watching 10 seasons of Grey's Anatomy.”

 

Lauren Sepanske: “The size of Western is just right, there is always a chance to stand out!”

  • Hometown: Castle Rock, CO         
  • Year at Western: Sophomore
  • Major: Biology, Pre-med
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Student Ambassador
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Enjoy college! Surround yourself with students that want to succeed and have fun in the Valley! Do this and you’ll never regret coming to Western State.”

Brenda Suárez González: “Getting involved is so easy to do on campus! It really helped me break out of my shell and meet new people!”

  • Hometown: Olathe, CO
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major(s): Art with a Graphic Design emphasis and Computer Science; Minor: Business Administration
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: NCAA DII Cross Country and Track runner, member of Amigos, Top O’ the World Newspaper, IT Services Work-Study, member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and a Western Social Media Ambassador  
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“When setting your alarm, make sure it is set for AM, not PM.”

 

Brandon Supernaw: “I’ve learned that I control my future and can do anything that I put my mind to and Western is here to support me every step of the way!”

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major: Chemistry with a Biochemistry emphasis
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: NCAA DII Wrestler and enjoys being active whether playing another sport, hiking, or biking. He also has a dog who keeps him busy!
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Come to Western with a computer and bike, enjoy the process, go to school events, and meet new people.”

 

Dallas Thurston: “I found a home in this unique and small community!”

  • Hometown: Brush, CO
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major: Psychology; Minor: Sociology
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Public Relations Specialist for Love Your Melon, Treasurer of Psychology Club, and member of Psi Chi
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Get involved, go to sporting events, use your resources, and don't forget to have some fun!”

 

Dannette Vensel: “Western is special because we have the Rocky Mountains in our backyard!”

  • Hometown: Palisade, CO
  • Year at Western: Senior
  • Major(s): Exercise Sports Science with a Clinical emphasis and Psychology with an Experimental emphasis 
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Captain of the Cheerleading Team, President of Psi Chi, has two independent studies (involving stress, canines, and adverse responses to exercise), and works at Western’s Mail Center and City Market
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Get involved with anything here on campus no matter what it is.”

 

Carly Zimmerman: “I love the atmosphere and the educational opportunities. It’s so easy to get involved and do fun things!”

  • Hometown: Aurora, CO
  • Year at Western: Junior
  • Major(s): Business Administration and Spanish
  • Extracurricular Activities/Interests: Captain of the Dance Team and a Western Social Media Ambassador  
  • If you could give advice to an incoming student at Western, what would you tell them?

“Take advantage of all of the opportunities offered at Western! Embrace and enjoy your time as a student here!”