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WC Spotlight - Skylar White

Skylar WhiteCourse of study:  Biology

Hometown:  Weatherford

Are you a scholarship recipient? If yes, which one?  I’m proud to say I am a recipient of the Ex-Student Scholarship.

What is the best part of attending WC?  The best part of attending WC is feeling like I belong; I have a place, a home. I feel connected to WC because of my involvement in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The friends I have made within the organization make me feel comfortable on campus, like I belong here. Because I am involved, I have a network of people I can rely on for support. The relationships I have made in Phi Theta Kappa is the best part of attending WC.

What are your post-WC plans?  I plan to transfer to UNT, and major in Biology. After I receive my bachelors I plan to apply to PA school (physician’s assistant)

What are your favorite things to do when you are not at school or studying?  I like to be outside, workout and hang out with friends. I ran track in high school at WHS, so being active outside in the fresh air is very comfortable to me. I also work at Couts Christian Academy in the afternoons watching hyper-active four-year olds. Those kids keep my afternoons interesting.

What is your dream job?  My dream job would be the job that provides me endless opportunities and supplied me with enough money to comfortably raise a family. Working as a Physician’s Assistant would afford me these.

Who has been your greatest hero/mentor? Why?  My greatest Mentor is Dr. Molly Harris, she has always been there to offer encouraging words or advice when needed. She is always approachable and willing to help in anyway she can. She has always been the person I can count on to point me in the right direction. Although she’s short, I look up to her because she has achieved so much already in her life, she is always doing something amazing and seems to conquer all problems with ease.
Other heroes in my life are Mrs. Debra Wood, aka Coach Wood, who was my high school track and cross country coach. She is my hero because she instilled in me a strong sense of work ethic needed to be successful. Understanding the dedication it takes to accomplish a goal is important. Not only did she expect the very best of me, she also loved me like a mother. Although she could be stern, she was encouraging. She gave me the tough love I needed to learn endurance. This also helped me to fight for something I really wanted no matter the pain or obstacles. She always believed in me no matter what; she also pushed me to do better each and everyday. She is my hero because without her I would not be the dedicated, hard working person I am. She taught me so much more than a sport, she taught an outlook on life and how you live should each and everyday.

What is your favorite book?  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte or pretty much any Nicholas Sparks novels

How important was affordability when choosing to attend WC?  To my parents, it was very important. I receive a scholarship now but did not my first year on campus.

How would you describe the campus life experience you’ve had at WC?  As someone raised in Weatherford, I didn’t have real expectations for my time at WC. I began as a dual enrollment student, so my experience with campus life was pretty much non-existent. As a high school student, I felt that I didn’t belong. I felt I had a sign on my head that read “WARNING: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AHEAD.” I joined Phi Theta Kappa in the fall semester of my senior year, and that helped me form connections.
Now, as president of Phi Theta Kappa, I feel that I belong. I have the confidence to greet new students, welcome them to campus and essentially make new friends. Rather than simply attending events, I now have a hand in coordinating them. This makes for a much richer campus life experience.

How would you describe the quality of education you have received at WC?  I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the personal attention my instructors give me. I’ve been known to ask a lot of questions, and most of them seem to have the patience needed to endure that. It might have been at my parent’s insistence that I enrolled at WC, but it is the experiences I’ve had in the classroom that keeps me enrolled.

How would you describe the individual attention you have received at WC?  I have received VERY good attention while at WC. I have a personal relationship with my teachers and they are always there if I need help. My teachers have always been very accessible and willing to help in any way possible.

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