Associate in Arts

Sabrina Ovesen will graduate this June with a high school diploma and an associate in arts degree. Running Start provides students, like Sabrina, the opportunity to complete college-level credits without the cost of tuition. Junior and seniors can continue to attend high school while also taking courses at YVCC. Ovesen is also involved in the community and serves as a member of the Yakima YouthWorks Council through Yakima Memorial Foundation.

At an early age, Sabrina excelled in her schoolwork and has been dedicated to her studies. She has traveled abroad to Colombia and spent a summer with an exchange family learning a new language and a new culture. At YVCC Ovesen has continued her academic success and also become activate in campus life. She is a member of YVCC’s Business Club and had a chance to compete with a team of club members at the University of Washington’s Global Business Case Competition. Experiences like this have allowed Ovesen to learn more about her career interests. “Running Start has been a very rewarding experience,” stated Ovesen. “A community college offers a diverse atmosphere and overall enriching experience. I am very happy with the decision I made to attend YVCC,” she concluded.

Sabrina was also recently selected to give a TEDTalk regrading her experiences as a student. Hosted by TEDxYakima, a local branch of the TEDx Universe gives local communities a forum to express and discuss ideas important to the global community. Her lecture titled, What I Wish I’d Known as a Sophomore, discussed the degree opportunities available to high school students through YVCC. The event was held at Yakima Valley Museum in February. “The talk required extensive preparation and fact-checking.  Yet in the end, it was all worth it. It is my hope that my efforts will be able to inspire and motivate the students of tomorrow,” she concluded.

She plans to transfer to the University of Washington to obtain a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in marketing.

Sabrina Ovesen

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