Chablue Wah – Portland State University
Chablue is a future lawyer studying political science in Portland. She works in addition to attending university to help support her family and spends time with new friends.
Portland State University, Class of 2022
Degree: Political Science
I am currently majoring in Political Science. I pick this major because I want to go to a law school one day and this major will prepare me for it. I also enjoy learning about how government work in U.S and as well in other countries.
What did you think about college before you attended?
I thought that college was going to be very difficult. I also thought that there won’t be any resources that will help me get through college.
How do you think being a first-generation student has affected your college experience?
Being a first-generation student has affected my college experience in both positive and negative. My parents often refused to understand that I have schoolwork that I need to get done. I also work aside from me being a full-time student because I need to help out my family so we can have roof over our head. I also felt like my parents are really proud that I made it this far. They never had the opportunity to finish elementary and seeing me going after my dream, makes them happy.
What do you love about PSU?
I love the campus, foods carts, advisers, gym, and the view.
How was the experience of starting somewhere new?
It felt great. It’s an adult life after all. I lost in contact with a lot of my good friends in high school and I was fine with it. I was so busy doing things from here and there and I often forgot to take time out of the busy day for myself. Overall, I feel great.
What has been the most impactful experience during your time in college?
I was able to make new friends and meet new people who have the same goals and dream as me. I learned to advocate for myself and seek help when needed.
What does it mean to you to have been chosen as a Renaissance Scholar?
It means a lot to me. This means that somebody out there recognized my struggled, somebody out there cares about me, and what I’ve gone through will not define who I am. I am so honored to be chosen as a Renaissance Scholar. I will be forever thankful for the help and support I got here.