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Doctor of Audiology, Brant Audiology and Tinnitus
UW degree: Bachelor’s in speech and hearing sciences (2012)
Samantha is a member of Rotary International, Goshen County Healthcare Alliance, Goshen County Community Theatre, Eastern Star Chapter 22, Goshen County Young Professionals and is active in her church.
How did your experience at UW prepare you for your career and role in your community?
“First and foremost, the formal classroom education I received from the College of Health Sciences was critical in my journey to becoming an audiologist. I entered graduate school highly prepared for the level of doctoral coursework, and clinically competent because I was provided with hands-on experience at UW. My education and clinical skillset allow me to provide specialized hearing health care to rural Wyomingites that they may otherwise have to travel a significant distance to obtain. Secondly, and equally important, is the personal, professional, and cultural proficiency skills I obtained from becoming involved on campus. Looking back, I had a multitude of developmental experiences due to all the opportunities that are provided by the university; they are available to anyone, all I had to do was say ‘yes’! I gained quality friendships and a passion for community service from involvement with my sorority, spiritual support from religious groups on campus, an understanding of process and procedure as a senator for ASUW, and an opportunity for leadership and mentoring working in Admissions as a campus ambassador, among many more. UW helped me broaden my horizons by coordinating two study-abroad opportunities; experiencing new cultures gave me a connection to the global community and made me passionate about celebrating all forms of diversity here in our home state. In summary, both from an academic and personal development standpoint, UW provided me all the tools I needed to be successful. After school, when I returned home to Goshen County, I felt very confident I could improve the lives of my friends and neighbors, and inspired to join organizations that could affect change for the residents of my community and our state.”
Why should Wyoming students attend their state’s university?
“As a UW ambassador on campus, I provided tours to prospective students and guided freshmen through the process of summer orientation to life at UW. My favorite piece of advice to them was, ‘Your college experience here can be anything and everything you want it to be; you are in control of how much or how little you get out of your time on campus.’ Academics are important, but I chose UW because of what it had to offer beyond the classroom. UW offers amazing opportunities in just about every area of interest one could ask for: recreational and esports, spiritual organizations, cultural organizations, student government, academic honorarium, on-campus employment, fine arts, Greek life, philanthropic clubs, and these are just a few that I personally tried! UW provides this broad spectrum of opportunity with a more approachable and intimate feel compared to larger four-year universities. Coming from a rural area, it was important to me that I be surrounded by people from different walks of life. I was coming from a school where I spent 12 years with the same 20 students, and it is natural to want to spread your wings a bit. UW gave me a platform where I networked with students of various ages, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and personal interests. My time at UW allowed me to really engage with new people and appreciate their individuality, which in turn caused me to look inward and embrace my own uniqueness. Simply put; features of a four-year university in a smaller, more accessible package, at a price you can feel good about!”
What does it mean to you to be a UW Cowboy?
“For me, being a UW Cowboy is all about tradition. It is stepping boldly into the brown and gold movement on day one, adding momentum to the 130-plus years of UW Cowboy culture by infusing your individual dreams for your education and future. It is learning from the successes and failures of so many before you, and then blazing your own trail with grit and determination. Whether life takes you to another corner of the globe or right back to your hometown, that tradition follows you. A UW Cowboy is someone who embraces the tradition of the past, then has the confidence and ambition to start their own! I am filled with pride to be a third-generation UW graduate in my family, but equally proud of my own unique journey through college and the fact that I chose to return to my home state to work and live. Embrace and create tradition; the world needs more Cowboys, and so does Wyoming!”
Samantha wagner yung WAS A featured speaker at THE EVENT ON OCTOBER 26, 2021.
Torrington | Cottonwood Country Club | 5-7 p.m.