Sam Hagshenas

Sam smiling in a black polo shirt with colorful stripes in Red Square on campus.


San Diego, CA


Political Science and History

Why I chose Western.

I wanted to challenge myself to grow as a person by subjecting myself to a different environment, and started looking at colleges in Washington. When I toured Western, I fell in love with the campus, and knew I had to come here.

My advice for incoming or prospective students.

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there! College is a perfect time to try new things and meet new people, you will learn a lot about yourself yourself through your new experiences.

Why I chose my major.

I knew I wanted to major in political science after the first few classes I took, but I ended up double majoring almost by accident. I loved Western's history classes, and took them every chance I could, but never planned to major in or do anything with history. I ended up taking so many history classes that I almost finished half the major before the end of my second year. At that point I figured, why not just double major?

A little known fact about Western that you should know.

The smoothies that are sold at the rec center are amazing, especially on a sunny day. If you ever need motivation to get to the gym, let those smoothies be your inspiration.

What I like most about Western.

Western is an absolutely gorgeous campus, and the people here are amazing. When I first came to western, I was nervous about making friends, as I was an out of state student that didn't know anyone. However everyone I met was super welcoming and friendly, and coming to western has allowed me to meet some of my closest friends.