Western Carolina University
This session was a blast. I drove out to Western Carolina University, (WCU), which is a gorgeous campus, with Sierra, her mom, and her aunt. The trip started with subway cookies so I knew it was going to be good. We chatted about life as we drove out to Cullowhee. We had a grand time trapesing around the campus capturing many memories. I love that the photo session became a family affair with her mom and sister! Not only did they come in handy for wardrobe changes, but I feel like we did not stop laughing the whole time. So fun!
Western Carolina University has roots that date back to the 1800s starting as a one-room schoolhouse teaching students between 6 and 20. By the early 1900s, the institution revised its curriculum to offer a more appealing six-year program, starting in 9thgrade and into a junior college degree. In 1925 the school became a junior college, the Cullowhee State Normal School. By 1946 they received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
By 1950, 610 students were enrolled and the result was the largest building program in Western Carolina’s history to date. A science building, library, dining hall, dormitories, education, psychology, and new student union buildings were added. In 1953 the college’s name changed to Western Carolina College and then to Western Carolina University in 1967. In 1972 the University of North Carolina System merged Western with 16 other state campuses. Today the college’s enrollment is over 6,800 students.
The Grad – Sierra
Sierra enjoys traveling, hiking, CrossFit, volleyball, shopping, and juicing. This sweet soul loves Jesus, family, friends, her boyfriend, and flamingos!! She loves taking care of her body with an interest in natural living and alternative healthcare. Soon to graduate in December she is currently in search of a job but hopes to further her education by either getting a masters degree to be a school psychologist or getting a doctorate degree to become a chiropractor, like her dad!
Enjoy some of my favorites from our time together!