J Chaves Lande
College Major: Environmental Economics and Spanish, minor in International Studies
I was born in Florida, but I grew up in Brazil. During my junior year of high school, I decided to study abroad and ended up in the great city of Woodinville, WA. I quickly fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and made plans to return for my undergraduate.
When researching colleges, I found Western, and it was love at first sight. The academics, the city, the bay, and the great outdoors, all of it called out to me.
As a student, Western exceeded my expectations. The community was so welcoming, and even though I was experiencing a different culture and did not know a single person, I felt at home right away. At Western, I was able to not only grow as an individual, but also professionally. I worked multiple on-campus jobs in which I got to work alongside other students, staff and faculty.
My college experience had such a positive impact in my life and shaped me into the person that I am. Now, I want to help you experience this joy. I’m here to help you navigate the transition to higher education and make this experience the best one possible. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, because that is what we are here for!