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Student Transitions and Academic Resources

Carolyn B. Thurston, Director

STAR Director: Carolyn B. Thurston

Carolyn B. Thurston, M.A.
Director - Exploratory Advising and STAR
Location: Hertz 107
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Favorite thing about Central Washington University?
Central has a definite hometown feel; our faculty, staff, and students get to know one another here.  Having such a small student-to-instructor ratio gives us the feel of a private college with the affordability and cultural diversity of a regional comprehensive university.

Favorite thing to do in Ellensburg?
I love spending time in the great outdoors of Kittitas county— all the beautiful hiking and camping places around the shrub steppe, the Yakima River and canyon, the Teanaway, and Upper County.

Best advice for a new student at Central?

Get outside.  Explore downtown and around the valley.  Raft the Yakima River and hike in the many incredible wilderness areas nearby. Go to class. Visit with your professors—in their offices. Attend evening and weekend events, plays, concerts, comedy and speaker nights on campus.  Have the real college experience.

Favorite Quote?
Many receive advice; only the wise profit from it.     -- Syrus