Samantha Vargas

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Cellular Molecular Biology


Cordova, Alaska

What I'm passionate about and why

I was born in Peru and grew up in a small town in Alaska, where I felt like I had limited resources and opportunities. Being a part of the Latinx community I always felt like an outsider and a minority, which I am, but I did not let that discourage me. I embraced my differences and my heritage. Doing so has allowed me to grow into the person I am today. I am passionate about helping people, letting them know what resources and opportunities are available to them, especially people in my own community. I want to demonstrate that we are not alone and that we must embrace who we are and follow our dreams.

What I like most about Western

My first day at Western was difficult, I was away from my family for the first time and felt like I was in a whole new world. Yet, I put myself out there and took a walk with my roommates, who were strangers to me at the time. As soon as I stepped foot onto campus, I saw lots of people walking around in the same boat as me, and it instantly made me feel at ease and know I was not alone. Ever since then I have felt comfortable knowing that I am not alone in anything. Western is so welcoming and has such a great community of students with little communities within. There is always a place for someone.

My advice for incoming or prospective students

My best advice to incoming prospective students is to be patient with yourself, explore all of your options with anything and be kind to yourself! Get out there and see what Western and Bellingham truly have to offer, because there is SO much! College can be scary, but it is also an amazing journey in which you will build many relationships and discover many new things about yourself. Everything moves very quickly, so get to know where you are at and get comfortable, do not rush anything, and always be yourself!