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Class helps Washington State University Vancouver students THRIVE

Introductory program helps freshmen succeed on campus, set academic, career goals

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 10, 2023, 6:01am
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Instructor Sawyer Barragan, from left, works with freshman Isela Bonilla and sophomore Nayeli Lopez-Martinez during their University 250 class at Washington State University Vancouver on Thursday afternoon. The class aims to help freshmen adjust to campus life while working with an adviser to explore academic and career opportunities.
Instructor Sawyer Barragan, from left, works with freshman Isela Bonilla and sophomore Nayeli Lopez-Martinez during their University 250 class at Washington State University Vancouver on Thursday afternoon. The class aims to help freshmen adjust to campus life while working with an adviser to explore academic and career opportunities. (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Isela Bonilla will be the first to tell you she wasn’t terribly excited to start her college experience.

“To me, my education always felt like a job,” said Bonilla, a freshman at Washington State University Vancouver. “I didn’t feel like I was making a choice for myself.”

Last summer, however, Bonilla flipped the script and made quite a choice: moving to Vancouver on her own for school from her hometown of Sunnyside.

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