Campus came to life on Sept. 14 as first-year students arrived on site, eager to unpack their belongings and settle into life at Eastern Washington University. Excitement was apparent among students, many of whom already have degree options in mind and plans to get involved in student life.
Having set out to meet some of the newest Eagles who are ready to spread their wings, we can confidently say that this year will be a good one. Give a warm welcome to the graduating class of 2022!
Hometown: Puyallup, Washington
Hauling hangers full of clothes over her shoulder, Stockslager gave a determined look at the walk leading up to the residence hall. When asked what she expects to get out of her first year at Eastern, she grinned and said, “Lots of friends, hopefully.”
Hayden Hallenius and Sadie Thompson
Hometown: Endicott and Colfax, Washington
While Hallenius and Thompson are first-time roommates, they’ve known each other for years through school dance tournaments.
“My dad went to Eastern,” said Hallenius when asked why she chose EWU. “He loved it, so I wanted to go to the same school.”
“My main goal is to make friends and get a good education,” Thompson chimed in about her expectaions for the year ahead.
Hometown: Marysville, Washington
Touring campus with a group of friends, Tran eagerly explained that he is most excited to start his education here at EWU. “I’m looking forward to earning my degree in biochemistry,” said Tran.
Hometown: Spokane Valley, Washington
For Arnold, who hails from Spokane Valley, the decision to attend EWU was mainly geography based. “It’s just close enough to home,” said Arnold. “I love the Spokane area.”
Arnold will be studying pre-dental and has plans to join a sorority. “My main goal is to get involved and make friends.”
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Stell, who plays the position of wide reciever on Eastern’s football team, is looking forward to earning his degree.
“That and a national championship,” he laughed, standing in the doorway of his new room in the residence hall.
Hometown: Mount Vernon, Washington
When chosing to attend EWU, the deciding factor for Alonso was an experience she had during a college fair at her high school. “I was really impressed by the one-on-one communication from Eastern’s college recruiters.”
Other factors influencing Alonso’s decision included her acceptance into C.A.M.P., Eastern Washington University’s College Assistance Migrant Program.
“That and the fact that Eastern is far from home, but just close enough,” said Alonso, shooting her family a smile.
Hometown: Pomeroy, Washington
Hailing from a small town, Bartels is looking forward to the computer science program offered at Eastern Washington University.
“Pomeroy is a mostly agricultural area,” said Bartel. “Computers aren’t really a priority, so I’m mostly excited to learn to program and meet people with similar interests.”
With his degree, Bartels is hoping to one day be a computer programmer and create video games.
Hometown: Enumclaw, Washington
McMahan is looking forward to a fresh start and the opportunity to meet new people. When asked what she plans to gain from her time at Eastern, she simply answered, “A good education.”
Hometown: Clarkston, Washington
Jones, who plans on going into nursing, chose EWU mainly due to location.
“It’s far enough away from home,” said Jones, taking a break from unpacking her belongings to lean up against her doorframe.
When asked what she expects to gain from her time as Eastern, she smiled and said, “A good experience.”
Hometown: Anaheim, California
“I’m ready for WSU!” said Osuoha enthusiastically as he rolled his suitcase to a stop outside his residence hall room door.
As a linebacker on Eastern’s football team, Osuoha was packing his bags in preparation to head to Pullman for the game against Washington State University.
For Osuoha, who will be studying medicine, the main goal is “To have a good time and meet new people.”
Hometown: Snohomish, Washington
During his time at EWU, Jacobson is interested in attaining a degree in anthopology.
“My goal is to be an archaeologist,” said Jacobson, who chose EWU based on his love for the Spokane area.
Hometown: Pasco, Washington
For Bradley, who is interested in a degree in business, a factor in his decision to attend Eastern was based on an experience he had meeting Ahmad Tootoonchi, EWU’s dean of the College of Business and Public Administration.
“He was so enthusiastic,” said Bradley. “It really made me feel welcome and got me excited to attend a school like Eastern.”
Hometown: Kennewick, Washington
“I chose Eastern becuase my best friend is here and it’s not too far from home,” said Le, who is mostly excited about the opportunity to meet new people.
Hometown: Puyallup, Washinton
Already a member of Eastern’s soccer team, Henderson is most interested in meeting new people during her time here at Eastern.
“I’m thinking about majoring in communication studies,” said Henderson, when asked about her plans for the road ahead. “Mostly I want to earn my degree and have a good time.”
Hometown: Kirkland, Washington
Moen, who plans on studying exercise science, decided to attend EWU based on a visit he made to the campus during spring break.
“I really liked the vibe on campus,” said Moen. “It was super open and everyone was really friendly.”
Moen is looking forward to meeting new people and having a good time.
Hometown: Walla Walla, Washington
Screeching to a halt outside the entrance to Tawanka, Ruff hopped out of the campus golf cart she had been driving, seemingly unphased by first-day jitters. Already running track for EWU, Ruff’s composure was one of complete ease.
“I’m mostly excited to meet new people and earn a degree in mechanical engineering,” said Ruff.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
As a linebacker for the Eagles, Patterson was gearing up for the weekend’s game against Washington State University. When asked what he was working toward at Eastern, he said, “A business degree.”
Hometown: Republic, Washington
Beginning to unpack her belongings with her family in tow, Byington grinned with excitement, eager to get settled in.
When asked what she hopes to achieve during her time at EWU, she said, “To grow as a person and be independent.”