Mitchell Marquez

Mitchell smiles and stands underneath trees in a campus courtyard. Mitchell wears a navy blazer and striped top..


Vancouver, WA


Human Services; Minor in Spanish


In my free time I love to sing and dance, as well as hang out with friends and explore the Bellingham area.

Why I chose Western.

I chose Western because it was small enough to where I wouldn't be overwhelmed, but it was big enough for me to build a community of people with similar interests to me.

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

One of my favorite classes that made me go, "Wow!" was Dance 232 or Movement in Culture. It was a fascinating class that looked at different dance traditions from all over the world, explained what influenced them and what they were performed for. The part that made it so much fun was that each week we had a guest teacher who would come and teach us a new dance tradition. Through this class, I learned the basics of Hula and Salsa, as well as others. It was a great experience!

What I like most about Bellingham.

Bellingham reminds me a lot of home. Being from Vancouver, WA, I am extremely close to Portland. To me, Bellingham is the perfect blend of both. It has many local eateries and shops downtown, but is not too crowded and is spread out enough for you to explore. Bellingham also has just about everything you would ever need or want. It has the bay, plenty of hikes, the mountain, even beaches! What more can someone ask for?

My advice for incoming or prospective students.

My advice for incoming or prospective students would be to get connected. In doing this, not only will you make new friends, but those new friends will be able to introduce you to new experiences which will broaden your horizons and bring you out of your comfort zone. The friends you make now may turn into valuable connections who can help you progress in your major or even a possible career later on.

Why I chose my major.

I am majoring in Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. After I graduate, I hope to move to Guatemala and do some mission work, then come back to the United States to become a Court Room Interpreter.

What I'm passionate about and why.

Language was once described to me as a vessel that has the power to tear down walls and build bridges that bring two completely different worlds together. I think that this description is truly amazing. I love Latin American culture and think it is captivating, and Spanish has always been fun to learn.

What I ultimately hope my education helps me achieve.

I hope my education provides me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to go out into the world and not just survive but to thrive and to overall make a difference in the world. What that difference looks like, I have no idea, but I know that I want to be someone who leaves an impact.

A little known fact about Western that you should know.

The inventor of Pictionary graduated from here!

A little known fact about Bellingham that you should know.

There is little Thai restaurant called Wanida that has the best pad thai I have ever had in my life.

What I like most about Western.

My favorite part of Western is the community that is here. No matter who you are or where you come from, you can always find a place where you belong and feel welcomed. I've never experienced this level of community anywhere else before.