Institutional Research and Assessment

Transfer Student Project: Chelsea's Story

Chelsea found The Evergreen State College by visiting a friend who attended as a freshman. Before transferring to Evergreen, she went to Santa Rosa Junior College in California. Now, she is studying Japanese and political science.

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Despite coming to Evergreen to pursue politics, Chelsea quickly steered along a side trail of law. The first program she took here turned her on to the judicial system through hands-on, interactive activities. “[T]he Evergreen Supreme Court project… taught me the most out of any school project I have ever done before… We learned how to use the law library up at the State Capitol and actually write appellate briefs and all this hands-on stuff that really taught me a lot.”

Outside of academics, Chelsea faced what she described as one of the greater difficulties she has experienced at Evergreen. “I think the biggest challenge is meeting new people. This school is kind of strange where it isn’t set up easily to meet other people outside of programs.”

Chelsea has taken this problem into her own hands, confronting the lack of social structure with a zeal for affecting policy, and has subsequently grown in many ways. “I coordinate the Evergreen Queer Alliance, and that has also taught me a lot in terms of running a club and facilitating meeting and working with people… that’s definitely brought out a lot of my need to be assertive and leadership skills.” While the impetus was advocacy for queer rights, Chelsea planned and integrated events that publicized her organization as well as provided a space for people to meet one another.

Chelsea will graduate from Evergreen in the spring of 2007. She looks forward to getting involved with social change organizations around Olympia and Seattle. “It was definitely the right choice for me coming here. It’s allowed me to explore a lot of options I don’t think I would have otherwise. A lot of schools are more narrowed and focused, and I would have had to choose a major and just study that. I never would have gotten into being interested in law or studying Japanese or coordinating a club—I can’t really see myself doing any of those things at another school, so it was a good choice.”