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Ryotaro Colon

Ryotaro Colon

Ryotaro Colon.

Expected Graduation: Spring 2025

Hometown: Everett, WA

Major: Earth and Environmental Science

Get to Know Ryotaro:

Why WSU:

I chose WSU because it was far from home (but still in-state) and I was intrigued by its environmental science program. WSU is known for being a big university with a small town feel, many research opportunities, and has good name recognition. After I visited in the summer, and toured the campus with my neighbors from home who were WSU students, it sealed the deal.

What is special about being a CAHNRS Coug?

Having the opportunity within the curriculum to visit local farms, hiking points, and waste plants. Additionally, the students I’ve met have been amazing, and the faculty are super supportive.

Advice for Underclassmen:

Use an online calendar (religiously), make a lot of friends (or a few close ones) within the first week, as it only becomes harder the busier you become. Expect the mailing system to be slower in the early part of the year, as everyone will be receiving care packages from their family members. Keep your dorm door open, bring good walking shoes, participate in extracurriculars, attend events that you see on flyers, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Favorite Spot on Campus:

My favorite spot is, if you are standing in the food court in the Compton for Union Building (CUB) and the dining options are to your left, look to the furthest far-right corner of the room (overlooking Martin Stadium). This is my favorite spot because it is the first place I ate with my parents on move-in day. I ordered an Italian BMT from Subway (which by the way is their best sandwich).

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