Zach Carder

Pullman, Washington

How many people are in your family? Who are they?

There are soon to be six people in my family - my step-mother, two sisters, brother-in-law and niece. Later this year I will gain a new nephew. Very excited!

What do you want to be when you "grow up" and why?

I would like to work with marine mammals, either on one of the coasts or at the North or South Pole. I have always had a passion for dolphins, manatees, and whales so this seemed like an appropriate career choice and should be a great deal of fun!

Why did you choose WSU?

I came here to be part of the School of Communication, eventually receiving by bachelor's and master's degrees in broadcasting. I returned to pursue my bacholor's degree in Animal Science because I loved my previous time here.

Where is your favorite place to study?

The Terrell Library has desks near the windows that overlook the football practice fields. Always a great place, especially on a sunny day. Get there early during football season though.

Favorite campus spot:

Just hanging out in the Compton Union Building (CUB) is great. So many people pass through there each day it's a great place to people watch.

What was your first day of classes like?

The thing I remember most about my first day of classes was just how many students were in each of them, especially those in large auditoriums. It was a drastic change from high school. My first class was Human Anatomy. What an awesome way to start college!

What advice do you have for parents?

Be prepared for your student wanting some separation. It's a very new time in their life. Check in once in a while to see what they're involved in or how classes are going, but don't try to direct. The decisions they make now will guide their decisions for the rest of their life, so provide them the latitude they need to make these decisions.

  • Work
    • Washington State University
  • Education
    • Animal Science
    • Communication Degree (Bachelor's)
    • Communication Degree (Master's)