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Robinson Vought 

From: Salt Lake City, Utah 

Major: Philosophy  Minor:  History
Activities: Climbing, hiking, camping, biking, reading.

My parents have been professors at Westminster my whole life, so I’ve known ever since I was a kid that this is where I want to go to college. I love the atmosphere here, and the kind of teachers and students it attracts.

I chose philosophy simply because it’s what I enjoy doing. I strongly believe in following your passion when choosing a major.

One piece of advice. . .

Choose your major based on what YOU like to do. If you’re not sure what you like, or if you’re like me and you like a little of everything, keep exploring different classes and fields until you find what it is that makes you the happiest.

Favorite Quote . . .

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

samantha siller 

From: Saratoga Spring, Utah 

Major: Biology
Activities: Hiking, yoga, volunteering, making music, and enjoying the little things

I went to an open house at Westminster in the fall of my senior year of high school. I loved the beautiful campus and the small community. I’m a biology major because I’ve always liked learning about anything science related. When I was about 17 I figured out what I wanted to do with my life- become a physician! By studying biology, I’m preparing myself for the MCAT and ultimately med school. Westminster has become my home, and I’m excited for the opportunity to spend the next three years of my life here. 

One piece of advice. . .

Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Favorite Quote . . .

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. – Carl Sagan

sonya overholser 

From: Pocatello, ID 

Major: Math    Minor: Computer Science
Activities: GO Leader, Martial Arts Club

I'm a laid back gal from Idaho who likes cooking, French culture, and classic film.  I was born in Seattle before moving to Pocatello when I was seven, but I'm happy to be living in Salt Lake :-)

I chose Westminster because I liked the small campus environment and it would allow me to remain fairly close to my family.  I'm studying math because I realized freshman year that the prospect of never taking another math class sounded horrifying -- so I just kept taking math classes.

One piece of advice. . .

Balance, balance, balance! You're going to work hard, but don't work yourself too hard.  Remember that the candle burns twice as bright burns half as long, so find some time to relax in between endeavors.

Favorite Quote . . .

Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug. ~ Mark Knopfler

amy richards 

From: San Francisco, CA 

Major: Exploratory   
Activities: Hiking, climbin, camping, spending time in the sun, spending time with loved ones (animals included), baking, volunteering

I grew up in the busy city of San Francisco and lived there until just a couple of years ago when I decided to complete my high school career at a boarding school here in the Salt Lake Valley.  When the time to begin looking into colleges came around, I knew attending a college with small class sizes was my top priority, as I am the type of person who enjoys really getting to know my professors.  Additionally, I wanted to reamin in Utah due to its stunning nature and adventrues it has to offer.  Immediately that led me to consider Westminster and from that day forward it remained at the top of my list.  I was more than thrilled to not only be admitted to my top  choice, but to also receive a substantial merit based scholarship.  Now on to exploring options for my major(s).

One piece of advice. . .

It's scary asking others for help, but remember they are just a human like you.

Favorite Quote . . .

Never let your fear decide your fate. ~ AWOLNATION


From: West Jordan, UT 

Major: Public Health
Activities: Reading, drawing, painting

I grew up being exposed to literature and art, my dad is an art teacher and my whole family are readers.  We are all also big into the sciences, and we keep up with the current scientific discoveries.  Doodling is an instinctual habit for me and being a homebody is a passion of mine.  I enjoy binge watching a wide variety of TV shows, from How I Met Your Mother to Game of Thrones.  My current favorites consist of The Walking Dead, Vikings, and Game of Thrones.

I fell in love with Westminster when I was a sophomore in high school.  What I fell in love with was the diversity on campus, the academic goals, and the beautiful campus.  I almost didn't come to Westminster but after trouble with registration elsewhere, I came into the START Center and was ready to start classes within two hours.  At first I thought I was going into the Nursing program but soon realized that it wasn't for me.  So I started to look into the Public Health progam at the end of my freshmen year.  I really found my calling in the Public Health program!  The professors were amazing and the classes were very interesting.

One piece of advice. . .

Get invovled!  This is something that I struggle with even now but I try to challenge myself every day.  That's what lead me to apply for my current position.  There are so many great things that campus offers to students, so go out and have fun.

Favorite Quote . . .

Others have seen what is and asked why.  I have seen what could be and asked why not. ~ Pablo Picasso

Jessica rubio

From: Kearns,  UT 

Major: Justice Studies
Activities: Reading, playing soccer, watching movies, going camping and painting

I am a first generation students and I really like to read.  My favorite series right now is Divergent.

As I was growing up my mom worked near Westminster, I remember when we would drive by I would always tell her that I was going to go to college there and that I was going do what it would take to get in. As I got into high school I started going  to open houses and more events on campus and it just made me fall in love with it all over again.  I chose my major because it's something that I have always liked, I never really saw it as a degree option utnil I got here and actually started exploring it more and it's just something that I'm really passionate about.

One piece of advice. . .

Don't procrastinate. Just. Don't. Do. It.

Favorite Quote . . .

If you do not believe you can do it then you have not chance at all. ~ Arsene Wegner

Stephanie Richards

From: Honolulu, HI 

Major: Accounting    Minor: Economics
Activities: GoKarts, movies, hiking, golf, Aikido, and roadtrips

I grew up in Southern Japan surrounded by rice fields and moved to Oregon for college.  After I quit college, I joined the US Navy, worked on P-3 Orion aircraft for first half and last half I worked security.  Sadly, I never got ot  go to the boats, since P-3 was land based aircraft but I got to deploy to Sicily, Italy, Okinawa, Japan, and Bagram, Afghanistan.  I left the Navy from San Diego then came to Salt Lake City Utah!

After choosing the State of Utah, post Navy, to be close to my family, I was torn between UVU in Orem and Westminster.  I chose Westminster because of the small size and unique hisotry.  I picked business field because I am interested in working for government dealing with military contracting accountability.

One piece of advice. . .

Faculty and advisors want every student to succeed, and it can be stressful being a student sometime (Life happens!), so don't be afraid to communicate your situation.  You will be surprised how so many people really want to help you!.

Favorite Quote . . .

It is not what you say that people remember, but how you made them feel.