Info for Parents Counselors

Melissa Walker

Hometpwn: Healdsburg, California
High School: Healdsburg High School
Major: Psychology

Why did you choose Puget Sound?
I come from a tiny tiny town in northern California—a place where everyone knows everyone—and I knew that I was looking for a smaller school. After visiting campus, I knew that Puget Sound was where I belonged. Everyone here is so friendly and willing to help that I immediately felt like I was a part of the community.

What professor has especially inspired you during your time at Puget Sound?
Can’t say I can choose between the two Andresen’s… Both of them are amazing and have encouraged me to pursue my emphasis in Neuroscience. They are by far some of the most helpful professors I have ever had and I truly enjoyed their classes each week! Also, gotta love those baby pics!

What has been your favorite class?
Gosh this is hard….My favorite class thus far would have to be Social Psychology. We looked at a ton of theories about the way people work in groups and it helped me to figure out why some people act the way they do!

What campus activities do you participate in?
I am very involved with the Campus Visit Program—love it! I also work another job through work study with the cross country team and have become very involved in our athletics program, as well as intramurals.

What is your favorite place on campus?
Am I weird if I say my office…?  But I’m also a big fan of the grassy area outside of Weyerhauser. I get outside, I swear!

What is your favorite food in Wheelock Student Center?
Oh, tortellini by far. I will actually plan my day so that I can make time to get some!

What advice would you give to a prospective student or first year about the Puget Sound experience?
Don’t be shy! This place has so many amazing people and opportunities you won’t want to miss out on! Sign up for billions of clubs.

What quirky or fun thing do you wish you had known before you came to Puget Sound?
Wool socks are both socially acceptable and totally suggested.

What is your favorite character from a movie/book/television series?
Schmidt from New Girl. The whole cast, actually.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

Creation of time travel…Then I could have it all!

What’s the #1 most played song on your iTunes/Spotify?
Well, anything country. But it’s currently Every Storm Runs Out of Rain by Gary Allan.

If you could have one person with you on a deserted island, who would it be and why?
Michael Phelps or Nathan Adrian. I’d throw a saddle on them and they could swim me to land.