Paulina Gastelum’s executive MBA prepared her for the chief executive role at the US commercial operations of AGQ Labs. She’s the third generation of her family to work in the agribusiness industry, building on the work ethic of her grandparents, who were migrant laborers.
Brian Patrick challenged himself to take on leadership roles during his time at WSU, including serving as ASWSU president. “Get involved,” he tells other students. Prospective employers want to know what students did outside the classroom, he says. “Take some chances at WSU.”
As a member of a professional women’s soccer team, Celia Jimenez Delgado spends lots of time training, traveling, and competing. But the Orlando Pride’s right-back still makes education a priority. Delgado is earning her online MBA through Washington State University. The program was “the perfect fit for my lifestyle as a professional athlete,” she says.
Shirin Shahsavand was thinking about getting an MBA when one of her professors pushed her to aim higher. “Dr. Chuck Munson kept talking to me about a PhD. I owe him a debt of gratitude,” says Shahsavand, who is studying operations management with plans of becoming a university professor.
Olga Gira often falls into bed at 2 a.m. after a full day of classes, family activities, and homework. Since she returned to school for an accounting degree, it’s been an intense few years for Gira, an immigrant from Moldova. But the tradeoffs make her upcoming May graduation that much more rewarding.
Sean Russell, 32, will graduate from WSU Vancouver in December with a business administration degree. He returned to school after working in the maritime industry. “I had a bit of a history with WSU, so it feels like a redemption arc,” he says. “WSU was where I started as an 18-year-old and dropped out after one semester.”
Jenny Trujillo, an accounting major at WSU’s Global Campus, has two sides to her personality—an analytical side with a talent for problem-solving, and an adventurous, creative side with a passion for travel and art. Throughout her life, it seemed like she had to choose one or the other. But her journey to WSU taught her that she could embrace both sides of herself, leading to her paintings being featured in the 2021 issues of WSU’s student-produced art journal, LandEscapes.
COVID-19 changed their expectations for their first year at WSU, but these Carson College students still made the most of their online experience. Now they’re looking forward to a full college experience in Pullman.