Setting an Encouraging Course: Student Voices

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Two high school seniors and one current UW Tacoma student share their excitement and their hopes about college.

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Bedanys Rivera-Luna, Senior, Lincoln High School, Tacoma.Bedanys Rivera-Luna

  • Senior, Lincoln High School, Tacoma
  • Accepted to UW Tacoma
  • First-generation college student
  • Intended major: Criminal Justice

Bedanys was born in Puerto Rico but came to Tacoma as a child.

“My mom is really excited. She thinks I should go to UW Tacoma so I can be close to her.

“I’ve always seen myself as going to college. I think education is where I’m supposed to be. I want to follow my dream and major in forensics.

“I think I’m ready for college. I’m ready to get out of high school and start my new life as a college student, meeting new people, finding new opportunities for myself.”

Lukas Brown, Senior, Todd Beamer High School, Federal Way.Lukas Brown

  • Senior, Todd Beamer High School, Federal Way
  • Accepted to UW Tacoma
  • Intended major: English/writing studies

“I have no idea what to expect. I hope I’m ready.

“I always thought I’d go to college. Right now I’m filling out lots of scholarships, trying to get money for the long run.

“I’ll be attending UW Tacoma. The campus is nice, and I like the smaller size. Being closer to a professor makes it easier to understand, especially if you have to ask questions.”

Angelique Savorn, UW Tacoma student, alumna of Mt. Tahoma High School, Tacoma.Angelique Savorn

  • Graduated from Mt. Tahoma High School, Tacoma, in 2014
  • Entered UW Tacoma as a freshman in autumn 2014
  • First-generation college student
  • Major: Business and communications

“None of my friends are in college. I think it made me kind of want to explore it a little bit. Being in college is kind of like I’m making my own pathway.

“Honestly, I didn’t ever think that I would go to college. But, you learn that, if you go, you make more money. You kind of set your mind up for something a little bit brighter than if you didn’t go to college.

“I realize I’m a role model for my sisters and brothers. I really hope they will also go to college. My brother goes to the same middle school I went to (Stewart Middle in Tacoma)—he has the same math teacher as I did. I can see that college is in his plan because he sees that I’m in college, and if I can do it, then, there’s not really any limitation.

“I liked Mt. Tahoma High School. I really did enjoy going there, because, seeing how both my parents are multi-racial, I kind of fit in with the large diversity there. I think that’s kind of what made me want to come to UW Tacoma, just because I see that there are so many different types of people, and we each have our own story. We can learn from others and I can possibly teach other people about me along the way.”

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Written by: 
John Burkhardt / March 22, 2016
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or