Student Profile–Taylor Asao

Evergreen student Taylor Asao assembles a portfolio of her artwork at the end of the program Mt. Rainier: The Place and its People. Taylor, who is from Hawaii, came to Evergreen to study Environmental Science and Art. — Shauna Bittle photo

Who are Greeners? What kind of people gravitate towards an Evergreen education?

Over the past few months, we’ve spent some time getting to know a few of our students and documenting their experiences as students here; and what we’ve learned is that Greeners come from all over. They are diverse. And yet, they talk about common themes in their choice of Evergreen: a desire to escape an overcrowded and impersonal class structure, the joy of following their interests where they lead, and an appreciation of a collaborative learning environment.

We’d like to bring you a little bit about our students’ experiences in their own words. To that end, we’ve interviewed a few remarkable undergraduates and spent some time with them on campus. In the next few weeks, we’ll be presenting several of their stories in the form of short multimedia videos showcasing one student at a time.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Asao. Taylor found out about Evergreen from a counselor at her high school in Hawaii who recognized that she might find a fit here. She came to study Environmental Science and Art, and also plays on the volleyball team. In this video, she talks about her first impression of the college, and her studies over her first year here.

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