Elizabeth Gonzalez

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Major

Language, Literacy and Cultural Studies; Minor in Education and Social Justice

Hometown

Kennewick, WA

What I'm passionate about and why

Being Mexican-American, and growing up in an area where the population was primarily Latinx, I noticed a lot of things. I noticed that the schools I was attending, and the teachers I had, were lacking in their ability and want to help my community in anything unrelated to academics. For 12 years, I was taught in spaces that didn't know how to meet our needs. So, if it takes me four, five, or even six years to get to a place where I can stop another student like myself from feeling what I felt for 12 years, then I'm going to do it.

What I like most about Western

WWU has classes I wouldn't have gotten the chance to take elsewhere; classes that allow me to further my knowledge and experience within the education field.

My advice for incoming or prospective students

The biggest piece of advice that I can give incoming or prospective students is to take your time. Take your time. I know people all around are telling us to jump right in and join clubs or build relationships faster than you ever have before, and while that is so important, it's more important to do so at your own pace. Get comfortable and get acquainted with the new area and space you're in. There is no rush despite the feeling we get sometimes that life is moving full speed ahead while you're at a standstill; everyone moves at different speeds in life and you are right where you need to be.