Month: December 2017


First Year Student of the Month

School: Washington State University Region: PACURH
Nominee: Kelly Monro Nominator: Mariela Frias

On-Campus Population: 5400 Chapter Size: 54

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

Cougs Helping Cougs

As fall semester begins to end and the beginning of a new semester is right around the corner, one student in particular “Kelly Monro” has showcased a tremendous amount of leadership and admiration for the Washington State University (WSU) community. Monro is a first-year student studying Philosophy and Chinese, while being the Scott-Coman (Hall Government) Residence Hall Associations (RHA) representative, a student representative for WSUs mock trials, sits in RHA's COBRA and Judicial committee, and is the representative for RHA in the Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU) Senate meetings. Monro has put countless of hours into bettering the WSU community while being a leader for future and current COUGS. I have had the pleasure of working with Monro on countless of RHA projects such as; increasing sustainability within the residence halls, being a liaison for ASWSU on behalf of RHA, and finding ways to increase participation within the residence halls. Monro is not just a phenomenal leader; she is also an exceptionally kind and generous human being.

Being a leader on campus means you have to be willing to put yourself out there and be driven to make beneficial changes for the WSU community. Monro is a perfect example of leading with optimism and drive, which shows how a simple COUG perfectly embodies the phrase “COUGS helping COUGS”. College is the time for students to go out and make a difference, better communities, and do things that they were always afraid of. Monro did not want to be a simple ID number at WSU she wanted to showcase to others what they can do for their community, which is why I am writing an OTM to show my gratitude and admiration for all the work she has done and will continue to do for the students and WSU community as a whole. Monro is constantly showing “what it means to be a COUG” and how much one student can make a huge impact if you “Take Action.” She shows students how the “impossible is possible”. Monro does not limit herself she breaks limits in order to help her peers find the meaning and heart of the work they are doing.

Monro has constantly embodied true leadership not only because she is highly involved, but also because she is kind, driven, proactive in the community, and cares about her peers. Monro’s work never goes unnoticed because she makes it her duty to help her peers understand the significance of improvement and change for the better good. As the fall semester begins to end, students begin leaving for winter break, but for the last month Monro has dedicated her time into hall government (Planning events), RHA (weekly meetings and committees), ASWSU (student representative), and mock trials while maintaining a stellar GPA. I am truly “shook” with the amount of work Monro has done for the community especially as a first-year student. This OTM was written to show my gratitude for all the work you have been doing this last semester and hope you continue to grow and prosper.

Being a leader on campus is more than just leading, its understanding when one needs to lead and follow. Monro embraces the cougar pride by embracing what it means for “COUGS to help other COUGS”. I see a true leader in Monro because she is willing to guide her peers in the right direction where effective and beneficial changes for WSU are a priority. Being a leader is more than speaking up and taking charge; it’s about being a voice for those who are not being heard.


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Date of entry into database: 2018-01-01 21:12:56

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