Get to Know Western: Laurel Puffert
Q: Why did you pick Western?
A: I like be near the water and in the outdoors, so that was a big part of it. I also really just liked the sense of community here and the culture that I felt when I came onto campus.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Western?
A: I really liked the small communities that I found within it. I liked the smaller classes and the ability to have discussions with people that I have similarities and differences to. Just learning new things about myself and how to think better and be a more productive person.
Q:What has been your favorite class so far?
A: Probably my gender and society class that I took, it was one of my GURs. It was really exciting to get to talk about things that I think affect all of us, and how we interact in society based on our gender.
Q: What is your best piece of advice for students?
A: My best piece of advice would be to let yourself be uncomfortable because you’ll be more successful that way. Just putting yourself out there and being active on campus, not letting yourself just stay in a comfortable space, and reach out to new things.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do around Bellingham?
A: I like just being outside. I like walking around down by the water, the water is really important to me.
Q: How did you get interested in your major?
A: I got interested in my major through one of my general university requirements about public health. I really like the idea of helping people and also science, so that’s how I found out about it.
Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Bellingham?
A: I would say Fiamma Burger is really good, even though I’m a vegetarian. Their veggie burgers are really good.
Q: What made you become a vegetarian?
A: It happened while I was at Western. I think it’s the awareness that I want to make a difference, and my environmental impact. By changing how I eat by the food it makes a really big impact on a lot of other small things. I felt it was a good way to practice what I preach.