I AM Hannah
I AM GOING TO ACHIEVE MY DREAM. I will be a success story. I can promise you that. I chose the University of Idaho largely because of a full-ride scholarship to play basketball and because it really is a great school. What I didn't know was how I would grow and change as an individual. Idaho has taught me the importance of overcoming obstacles—how to deal with life's struggles without letting myself settle for less than my best effort.
This last semester, I was having a tough time with a Statistics class, but with the help of a great tutor and a lot of hard work, I got through it. Actually, I didn’t just get through it … I did really well—all A's and B's on my quizzes and tests. That's what I love about the University of Idaho, and Moscow in general, it's a college town where everyone is so supportive. From people you meet on the street to my friends, neighbors and professors.
I’m a Communication Studies major, taking classes like Dispute Resolution, Conflict Management, Research Methods and Psychology; and I’m surrounded by people who are there to help me succeed. Playing varsity basketball and being a student can be quite the juggling act, but my experiences in and out of the classroom have taught me that I can achieve anything my heart desires—even if there are times when I need help. It might sound crazy, but I’m going to be an actor someday. After I graduate from Idaho, I’m going to film school to pursue my dream. There's nothing that can stop me.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Puyallup, WA, about 5 miles east of Tacoma. Puyallup is native for, “the generous people.”
What do you plan to do when you graduate?
After graduation, I plan on attending film school in L.A. to pursue my film career. I am an aspiring actress.
How is the University of Idaho helping you to achieve your goals?
The University of Idaho is an amazing place to make friends and I have met people who will be with me forever. But most importantly, being here has taught me how to deal with struggles and shown me that I cannot let myself settle for less than my best effort. Every day, I am surrounded by people who inspire me to be great.
Do you have any comments about your program?
Being a Communication Studies major and a varsity a varsity basketball player is sometimes very hectic, but nevertheless, a learning experience either way. I learn things off the court that I can take on the court. I’m a better player because I can stay calm in the game and get inside my opponent’s head. I’m learning things in my major that I can take with me anywhere in life.