Welcome to Student Life at Evergreen!

The Student Life blog helps you get the inside scoop on living in Olympia and attending The Evergreen State College. Blogs are updated with experiences in student and community life. Check out any of the blogs to learn more. Ask us any questions you have by emailing Admissions@evergreen.edu!


ValAHello, my name is Val! I am originally from Santiago, Chile, where I was born and raised for the first ten years of my life before moving to Washougal, WA in 2006 for the last ten years. I am a junior, on my second year at Evergreen after transferring from Clark College as a Running Start student. For the past two years I’ve focused mainly on evolutionary theory and field biology, but I am hoping to specialize in marine biology and scientific research during my last year. I am currently in Ecuador studying abroad with my program, Evolution and Ecology Across Latitudes, in three remote parts of the Amazon Rainforest, two towns, and the Galápagos Islands. In the spring, I am returning to Olympia to do research at Cascadia Research Collective, where I’ve been offered a position as a Marine Mammal Research Intern, doing whale tagging (tracking whale migration through satellite photographs in the Pacific Coast) and marine mammal stranding response. I also work at Student Activities! I hope you enjoy my blog!

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HannahAYHi, my name is Hannah Allen-Young and I am originally from Santa Cruz, CA. Here at Evergreen I am studying a little bit of everything with an emphasis on public health and political economy. When I am not in class I enjoy: rock climbing, hiking, eating good food, listening to music, and going on adventures. Please contact me if you have any questions about what it means to be a Greener.

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My name is Nelly Irwin. I am a sophomore and am originally from Los Angeles, California. I am currently studying social and environmental justice issues, sustainability and education. I am interested in pursuing the Masters in Teaching program at Evergreen in the future. I am currently involved in the Black Student Union and the TESC Farm Worker Solidarity Collective. The BSU is a great outlet for me to discuss social justice issues and educate our community about what it means for us to be black. I joined the Farm Worker Solidarity Collective because I knew about the campus’ history with working with farm worker justice movements and I wanted to be part of the current action on campus.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!

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Sara FI am a performing arts student studying theatre, musical theatre, and vocal performance. I am in a program called Political Shakespeares which focuses on critical theory and Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. I have been a member of The Evergreen Singers, The Evergreen Vocal Ensemble, and have participated in theatre both on campus and downtown.

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