WCSU is proud of its distinguished alumni

Western Connecticut State University is proud of its graduates. Here is a sampling of students who graduated this spring.

Bruna Oliveira moved from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to Danbury when she was 11 years old. A biology major, Oliveira says, “I think my passion for biology is something that has always been with me. I once walked along a moonlit beach solely populated by pulsating jellyfish resting on glittery sand off the shores of Brazil. A few were swept up into the sea, but most were unreachable by the current and remained on shore. A 9-year-old me urgently tossed each stranded alien back into the waves, an uninformed but heartfelt rescue mission. It seems like I’ve been concocting similar schemes ever since, but now they are actually valid and founded on scientific knowledge.”

Oliveira will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to further study conservation biology. She’s been granted a graduate assistanceship that will pay for her tuition costs and a living stipend.

Sheldon Poole had “an amazing high school experience” that could have landed him almost anywhere, but he ended up at Western and he’s glad he did.

Somehow, Poole managed to complete all his studies here in three years. “I was lucky; I got to Western and hit the ground running,

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