Meet Kairis Jimenez
Class of 2023 | Sports Management | Honolulu, HI | First-Gen
As a first-generation student raised by a single mom, Kairis Jimenez found the college admission process a little daunting at first.
“It was hard because this was all new to me and my mom, too,” Jimenez said. “Financial aid was kind of confusing, but if you take the time to work for it, it’s pretty easy.”
Jimenez chose WSU because of the tight-knit community and the variety of scholarships and financial aid options for out-of-state students. Plus, it was very different from her home state.
“Being from Hawaii, it’s summer all year round. I wanted to experience all four seasons,” Jimenez said. “It’s also been so easy to make friends at WSU and grow as a person.”
During her time at WSU, Jimenez was co-chair of SHAPING, a leadership conference that helps high school students of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent pursue higher education. Every year, a group of students from the Seattle area were able to visit WSU and get an inside look at what college is like. “I really hold those experiences close to my heart because we actually made a difference for these students and made them feel at home,” Jimenez said. “College is where you get all these new experiences and opportunities. If you step out of your comfort zone, it can make you into something great one day.”
I was always into sports. Luckily, WSU has one of the best sport management programs west of the Mississippi. After graduation, I want to go to law school for sports and entertainment and hopefully become a sports agent.
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