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Dividend - Fall 2022 Creating Pathways to Excellence

To me, being a Carson Coug means pride and kindness

Carson Cougs make up a large community of people who are supportive of one another in all aspects of our careers and lives. I chose WSU to continue a family tradition, and I am proud to be a part of this community.

Since my senior year of high school, I have worked full-time during breaks and part-time during the school year to pay for school. I am fluent in Spanish and have a love for traveling. My goal had always been to attend a university and study abroad while there. For a couple of years, I dreamt about studying abroad in Switzerland. Carson College scholarships and program support made this dream come true for me. Receiving them helped me feel like my hard work was recognized.

During my time at WSU, I really enjoyed learning from many professors in my business classes. They were down to earth, made their class enjoyable, and tried to connect concepts we learned in class to real-life situations. Having an academic advisor in the Carson College through my WSU career was very helpful. When COVID-19 delayed my study abroad plans, my advisor helped me readjust. I studied abroad in Switzerland during fall semester of 2021 and learned more about myself while enjoying learning about the culture there.

Experiencing all of this has made me even more passionate about the importance of traveling abroad to expand one’s horizons.

My goal is to find a career which will allow me to utilize my Spanish on a daily basis. I also would like the opportunity to travel in my career—it can provide so many new experiences and contact with a variety of people with interesting backgrounds. I enjoy meeting new people and learning about new cultures and languages; that curiosity helps keep me motivated.

I worked to help pay my way, but support from donors like you allowed me to focus more on my studies and work fewer hours. Thank you! You helped me achieve my dreams. In the future, I would like to volunteer to mentor other students wanting to travel and experience new cultures and languages.

Nicole Dalton
International Business and Spanish
Class of 2022
Hometown: Bellevue, Washington

Photo courtesy of Nicole Dalton