Head Resident Assistant Alyssa Wright
A place you call home: Bakersfield, CA
Why did you choose Westmont? I grew up homeschooled and never really had any deep friendships, but when I visited Westmont as a preview student I saw that the community was striving towards meaningful and intentional relationships. I knew that if I was going to invest 4 years of my life somewhere, then I wanted to do it somewhere that wanted to invest back into my life. I was also looking for smaller class sizes where the professors actually cared not only about my academic performance, but about me as a person. Again, Westmont fulfilled those requirements as well. Ultimately, as cliche as it sounds, I felt called to Westmont.
What was an impactful experience for you that occurred in the Residence Hall? Freshman year I was having a really challenging week, and I was walking back to my room after class when my RD saw me and called me over. She didn’t know what was wrong, but gave me a hug, prayed for me, and told me she was there if I needed anything. I don’t know why she did any of that, but it is one of the standout moments of my time at Westmont!
What was a nickname growing up? Ali Ababwa (you know, from Aladdin)
Funny animal story? My mom always told me that if I named my fish, then it would die. So apparently when I was little we had a fish that was a few years old, and I guess I felt confident enough to name it. My mom overheard me whispering to the fish that I was going to name it, and coincidentally that night it died. My mom called me over and told me she warned me not to name that fish, and I broke out crying and confessing what I’d done. Needless to say, I still don’t name fish.
Favorite joke: What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef
Favorite thing about going to Liberal Arts College: Going to a Liberal Arts College encouraged me to pursue the things that I was passionate about, because I had a well-rounded education.
A favorite professor at Westmont and why: Cheri Larsen-Hoeckley! She has been one of the most impactful people in my life. She has seen my passions and encouraged me to pursue them when I was even doubting myself. She has exemplified what it looks like to be a life-long learner, and what it looks like to pour into others. Honestly, it’s hard to put into words the many ways that her mentorship has shaped my life, but I’m certainly better off for it!