Dario Castellon


Burien, WA


Urban Planning & Sustainable Development

An experience or class at Western that made me go "Wow!"

There have been many classes that have made me go “Wow!” through my time at Western. But nothing has inspired me more than students and the work they do. We have students making things happen and the new Multicultural Center is an example of hard work by students of color, both in the past and the present. The amount of time and work put in by students to make something like this possible has inspired me to become involved on campus committees, clubs and projects.

My advice for incoming or prospective students.

“It’s only awkward because you make it awkward.” This is something peer mentor told me on our first meeting. Something I have learned through my time at Western is that there are many ways in which you can meet people and build a community. Get out of your comfort zone and go to that dinner with you RA and floor mates, go try out for the rowing team even if the only exercise you have done is to walk up the hill to the Ridge, and definitely attend events put on by AS clubs.

What I like most about Western.

My favorite part about Western is the community I have been able to find. The Ethnic Student Center has offered me a home and a family that I am incredibly grateful for. This community has pushed me to be the best self I can be, it has been a safe place and has been there for me when I most needed it.