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Student Success Stories

Student Success

Because Western values the development of the whole person, WIU is committed to providing opportunities for personal growth in an environment that supports the development of wellness, ethical decision making, and personal responsibility.

QuoteWIU-QC helped me obtain substantial knowledge in neurological studies, behavioral psychology and multiple critical thinking and unique problem solving techniques to utilize throughout life.

— Laura Albright, B.S. Psychology

Laura Albright, B.S. Psychology

QuoteI never would have majored in English without the encouragement of the incredible professors at WIU-QC. They saw my potential long before I did. When they convinced me to switch my major to English, I began to challenge myself in my writing. I gained confidence with every obstacle. Now, as I’m about to graduate, I’m comfortable with who I am, and the two English internships taken this semester led to a full-time communications position where I’ll be advocating locally for refugees and immigrants. My chosen career field embodies my passions – something I proudly attribute to WIU-QC’s English program.

— Erica Parrigin, B.S. English

Erica Parrigin, B.S. English

QuoteMy fondest memory of WIU-QC was working through an internship with the YMCA, and getting the opportunity to impact the community.

— Hailey Hinson, B.S. Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration

Hailey Hinson, B.S. Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration

QuoteThe English program at WIU-QC provides the space for students to dive into the meaning of “things.” All of the skills that are learned are transferable to the working world. Earning my bachelor’s degree in English has prepared me to face the world with critical thinking skills and open-mindedness. Plus, the professors do everything in their power to provide hands-on experience whenever they can.

— Kasi Henshaw, B.S. English, M.A. English

Kasi Henshaw, B.S. English, M.A. English

QuoteI wanted to pursue my master’s degree in school counseling somewhere with an accredited school counseling program and WIU was the perfect choice. The class schedule worked well around my crazy work schedule, and it was fairly close to home.

— Lisa Miller, MS.Ed. Counselor Education

Lisa Miller, MS.Ed. Counselor Education

QuoteWIU-QC has been instrumental for the success of my professional career. My experience at WIU-QC has allowed me to gain and develop the necessary skills and strategies to be used in my professional educational practice.

— Luz Amalia Hernandez, Ed.D. Educational Leadership.

Luz Amalia Hernandez, Ed.D. Educational Leadership.