Poulsbo Graduate Shares Experience

Alyssa Evans

Zachary Yarbrough is a recent graduate of Western Washington University’s business administration program. Yarbrough, who attended Western’s Poulsbo location , recently provided some answers about his experience in the program before moving to Southern California.

What was the deciding factor that led you to choose Western?

It was the closest school that had in-person classes for a bachelor’s program.

What was your experience at Western’s Poulsbo campus like? 

It was enjoyable. You have a close-knit local group of students supported by a staff that truly cares about their students. On top of that, classes are normally smaller, so it’s easier to get extra help when needed.

How did the Western on the Peninsulas staff impact your time as a student? Was there anyone who specifically stands out to you?

Honestly, they made it more enjoyable. The staff is there for you even when what you need doesn’t involve school work. Even though she’s one of the toughest people in the classroom, my mentor Dr. Mary Sass is the person who stood out the most.

What was it like interacting with other students?

Since the classes are small, you get to know other students pretty well. These students tend to be more mature and easier to get along with.

You were an intern for Effie Eisses, who is director of Community Outreach and Engagement for Western’s Extended Education department, among other influential university roles. What was your experience working as an intern with her like? How did you get involved and what did you learn during the process?

If I hadn’t moved to California, it would have been perfect. Effie looks at what is most beneficial to the student instead of sending out students to fill positions. In my experience, I ended up volunteering for Kitsap County Government after the internship was completed and I learned that internships aren’t there solely for work experience but also to build a network.

Are there any tips you have for prospective students?

I have a laundry list of tips for prospective students but I think the most important tips are to ask questions, take any education seriously and be open to different points of view. After all that, have fun with what you go through.

Do you have any additional comments?

I don’t think I could have gone anywhere else and found what Western on the Peninsulas had to offer. There is a close-knit group of students, small class sizes, a wonderful support structure and a magnificent adviser.