When Shelby Watson was a freshman in high school, she needed to add a class to fill a void in her schedule so she chose to take Chinese. Little did she know at the time that would be the key to her earning a scholarship to study the language in Taiwan.
Jacob Thigpen, a Western Carolina University senior from Waxhaw, thought he was a patient person. But after working as an intern at the Catamount School, WCU’s laboratory school, the health and physical education major discovered a whole new meaning of the word.
Nick Botello-Hernandez has known for a while now that he wants to be a park ranger. But having an recent opportunity to job shadow with Western Carolina University alumnus Robert McGraw, superintendent of Mount Mitchell State Park, and park ranger Daniel Jackson for a day further cemented his career path.
As with a lot of students at Western Carolina University, Michelle “Shelly” Painter needed to fulfill an internship in order to meet her requirements to graduate in May. But the hospitality and tourism management major didn’t want just any internship. Painter wanted something different than what her classmates were doing.