Hometown: Mansfield, Ohio
Major: Social Sciences
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences
Activities: Amy National Guard, work part time at BJ Ryan's Pub in Norwalk
Honors and Awards: Dean's List, 4.0 GPA, graduating summa cum laude
An Army veteran who did a tour in Afghanistan in 2011 , Brooke Amigo was a member of the Ohio Army National Guard for six years. "I transferred to several different colleges due to the Army," she says. "My husband and I were both in the Army, and I've followed him from Kent State University to the University of Toledo and then to Cleveland State University, where I was for a year before moving to Connecticut and transferring to Western."
Why Western? "The veterans tuition waiver made school affordable," Amigo says.
Amigo says she chose to pursue social sciences because she has an interest in a variety of subjects. "This major allowed me to explore those subjects and still work toward a degree." It also enabled her to interact with Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Averell Manes, for whom Amigo says she has the utmost respect.
After graduation, Amigo plans to work as a teacher's aid in the fall "to figure out if education is the right career path for me. If it is, I plan to attend graduate school the following year to work toward my master's in teaching."
Amigo’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "It's okay to explore before deciding what you want to do as a career, but once you decide be sure to get hands-on experience early in your education; don't wait until your senior year to figure out what you thought you wanted to do isn't what you expected. Don't waste your time — college was designed to be completed in four years for a reason, and school doesn't get easier the older you get. Enjoy your college experience, but remember to stay focused! No one can take your education from you."