Stephanie Anguiano

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Stephanie Anguiano

Anticipated graduation year: 2014

Major: Spanish

Hometown: Pasco, Wash.

Have you ever been the only person in the class who doesn't have their book, and it's not because you forgot it at home?

I am a non-traditional, first-generation student at Whitworth University, and it is obvious that I did not take the typical route to reach higher education. I am the oldest of three kids. My mother was a strong Hispanic single mother who worked hard to take care of us. Although she never finished high school, she always instilled in us the value of education, dedication and hard work. These values were the greatest gifts she could have given me. I can now better understand what she meant by these values through my experiences both in and out of the classroom. I am in my mid-twenties and live in Spokane with my husband of seven years.

The fact that I am now attending Whitworth University is thanks to scholarships and financial aid. Education is important. The generosity that comes from our donors allows someone like me to attend a university like Whitworth. Thanks to these opportunities I will be the first in my family to graduate college with a bachelor's degree.

The family values that I have carried with me throughout my time at Whitworth have enriched my experience at Whitworth. I hope that my story can motivate and encourage others in similar situations to push forward and strive to accomplish their goals because it is possible and I am proof of that. For a lot of people, education is not an option because of finances. I am so grateful that it is for me, and I hope students at Whitworth continue to receive the same opportunity.