Ebony Patterson: Learning Advantage
If you’ve been to Wenatchee Valley College at Omak recently, you’ve likely met student Ebony Patterson – outgoing, friendly and always willing to give newcomers a tour or guide them in the right direction.
“Ebony always makes new students feel welcome and goes above and beyond what was expected of her,” said WVC Educational Planner and student government adviser Livia Millard. “She is a self-imposed ambassador of our campus. Ebony is dedicated to helping all students feel comfortable and to encourage them to get involved outside of the classroom, whether it is joining a club or going to an event. She does all of this with great poise and a big smile.”
But before starting at WVC at Omak, Ebony didn’t feel as confident.
“Before college, I was uncomfortable in interviews and interacting with business professionals,” Ebony said. “But I made a plan to overcome that and say ‘yes’ to any opportunity I could learn from. Clubs on campus offer so many opportunities to learn leadership skills.”
In her first year, she served as events coordinator for the Associated Students of Wenatchee Valley College at Omak, where she learned how to delegate and work as a team. In recognition of her organization and leadership skills and ability to work under pressure, she was awarded a college appreciation award and voted “Best in a Crisis.” In addition to her role in student government, she is a member of the Publishing “Pub” Club and helps produce a quarterly campus newspaper. A member of Alpha Kappa Eta, the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Ebony attended the national conference in April.
During her freshman year, when it came to the subject of math, she was intimidated. However, one-on-one interaction with faculty made a difference.
“My teachers really worked with me to take something I thought I couldn’t do and bring me to a point where I could really understand it, more than I thought was possible,” she said. “I realized that I can learn anything. I’m not afraid anymore.”
A home-schooled student, Ebony came to WVC at Omak with a plan to take a few courses before transferring to a four-year college. Instead she will graduate this June with both an associate of arts and sciences direct transfer degree and a business direct transfer degree. She plans to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing in California to pursue apparel industry management.
“The teachers at WVC at Omak are willing to work with you and find out what your interests are and how classes can be applied to your interests and goals,” Ebony said. “There’s an opportunity here for everyone, no matter your age or background. There’s a great community atmosphere and such a variety of people and backgrounds. The students here reach out to include you. The learning opportunities are very rich.”