Katie Couch, a Biochemistry major from Ione, Washington, might be new to SPU, but that hasn’t stopped her from jumping into service and a full plate of activities.
But first she had to get here. “I knew I’d have to pay for college myself,” she says. “And I thought I’d never be at SPU because of the cost. But applying for scholarships paid off!”
In fact, she’s been awarded no fewer than 16 scholarships to cover her first year’s tuition. She believes her volunteer experiences in high school made part of the difference.
Today she volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission in Rainier Valley, helping elementary-age kids with their homework and playing games with them.
“I’ve been challenged here, in a good way,” she says. “The diversity of different cultures, religions, beliefs, and seeing how other people see the world has challenged what I believe. The SPU community is not too big and not too small; it’s the perfect size.”