Chase Powell: Making UW Tacoma Feel Like Home

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For sophomore Chase Powell, who plans to major in criminal justice, a course on the American legal system affirmed his career plans.

Court 17 resident advisor Chase PowellFor Chase Powell, coming to UW Tacoma was kind of like going back home. Powell grew up on Whidbey Island, but was born right up the street from campus at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The UW Tacoma sophomore looked into many different schools before ultimately deciding.

“I just had a gut feeling that this was the right place for me,” he said.

Powell plans to major in criminal justice. Both of his parents work in the criminal justice system. Powell’s mother is an administrator for Snohomish County. His father works at the juvenile detention center in Coupeville, Washington. Powell wants to work as a state prosecutor with the eventual goal of becoming a judge. “I took a course on the American legal system,” he said. “The instructor said that prosecutors can have a greater positive impact on how the system works than defense attorneys can.”

The first year of college can be an overwhelming experience. Powell understands, and that’s one reason why he decided to become a resident advisor (RA) at Court 17. “I know what it’s like to be homesick,” he said. “I think it’s part of my job to help students feel at home, to let them know that they made a good decision about coming here.”

Powell looks forward to the challenge of being an RA. “I’m worried about doing the wrong thing but I also know I have a good team supporting me,” he said. “At the end of the day I know students will get the resources they need.”

UW Tacoma is Chase Powell’s home, at least for the next few years. In his work as an RA, he’s helping other students feel like this is their home too.

Written by: 
Eric Wilson-Edge / September 27, 2017
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