Name: Mariah Pogue
Course of Study: I am pursing an Associate’s degree in Science because I am passionate about nature and the environment.
Hometown: I was born in Austin but moved to Chicago, Illinois, shortly after. I finished middle school in Jacksonville, Florida, and high school in Texas.
What is the best part of attending WC? Besides earning a well-rounded education, I would have to say that being an officer for the Phi Theta Kappa honor society has been the best part of attending Weatherford College. On top of the scholarship opportunities, I have never met such a wonderful, diverse and helpful group of people like the ones in Phi Chapter. We have quickly become more like family than friends, and I enjoy serving both our campus and local community together.
What are your post-WC plans? I am currently still deciding between which four-year university I would like to transfer to, but I will be double majoring in communications and wildlife science.
What are your favorite things to do when you are not at school or studying? When I am not studying, or working, I am hiking and exploring through the woods, fossil hunting, fishing, photographing nature or involved in some other outdoor activity.
What is your dream job? Currently, I manage the privately-owned state park store within Lake Mineral Wells State Park. My dream is to become an employee with Texas Parks and Wildlife and to educate the public about their local environment and wildlife.
Who has been your greatest hero/mentor? Why? I took my English 1301 class with Dr. Trey Jansen in the fall of 2015. At first he was intimidating with his expectations and standards, but now I can’t express how grateful I am to have taken two of his classes. He inspired me to always apply myself to the best of my abilities and to know that, if I am willing to work hard, there is no limit to what I can achieve. As the Phi Theta Kappa advisor, he invited me to accept membership in the society and has supported and inspired me both academically and with valuable life advice.
What is your favorite book? This is a difficult question and a lot of different books come to mind, but I would say the Harry Potter series. I can’t pick just one of the book – that wouldn’t be cool.
How important was affordability when choosing to attend WC? Affordability was the greatest factor I considered because I work hard to support myself and my academic pursuits. Attending Weatherford College has given me a tremendous financial and academic advantage.
How would you describe the campus life experience you’ve had at WC? A few key words come to mind are welcoming, energetic and supportive. I have never felt as at home as I do at Weatherford College. The students and faculty I meet are engaging, helpful and diverse. The privilege to interact with different campus organizations during my time is the opportunity that has had the greatest impact on my life.
How would you describe the individual attention you have received at WC? The professors and staff that I have met and connected with have been interested in knowing who I am personally and acknowledging me every time they see me, even outside of class. There have been certain faculty members that have been so supportive, inspiring and uplifting during my time here at Weatherford College. I don’t feel like the number on my student ID. I feel individually valued and fully enjoy being a part of the campus community because of this.
What is your expectation of your ability to make living based off of your WC education? Weatherford college has provided me with indispensable life skills, knowledge and connections that will greatly perpetuate my academic career and overall success. I can honestly say that attending Weatherford College has been one of the best decisions I could have ever made for myself and my future.
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