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Family and Education Intersect at WSU Pullman

TempleThinking of going to graduate school to enhance your career? It’s a big decision—particularly if you have children. Life can quickly become complicated when considering the well-being of family and the stress of your graduate program.

Washington State University is attuned to all the issues graduate students face: from housing to health insurance to the quality of childcare and public schools. By providing a friendly, welcoming environment for graduate students and their families, WSU and the surrounding community are committed to making your graduate experience successful.

When deciding where to attend graduate school, Ghynecee Temple of Tacoma, Washington, looked for a quality graduate program that would also be a good fit for her daughter. ­Assuring that her 4-year-old daughter, Genevese, would live in a safe environment that values quality childcare and public school education were important to her. When she visited WSU, she knew it was a good fit. Ghynecee is now in the second year of her counseling psychology doctoral program at WSU. Her daughter is learning the alphabet at a local community childcare center.

“My daughter feels completely at home here,” said Ghynecee. “At the same time, as a single parent I am determined to be a good role model for her, which includes pursuing an education and a meaningful career for myself.”

In addition to a family-friendly environment, WSU had the program in counseling psychology that fit Ghynecee’s career goals. “When I found out that WSU had the program I wanted, I came to visit and had such a positive experience,” she said. “All of the people in the department and the faculty were so nice. I knew this was where I wanted to study. I’ve really grown here. I’ve learned to become more independent and motivated, and my daughter has also grown exponentially.”
Ghynecee was awarded an assistantship and fee waiver from her department to help pay costs, as do about 44% of graduate students at WSU. After accounting for students who receive scholarships, the majority of graduate students at WSU receive some form of financial assistance—and many finish their degree programs with no student loan debt. That’s a good place for young families embarking on new career paths.

Ghynecee’s research at WSU is focusing on intra-group racism based on skin tone, particularly friendship formation and friend selection among African American women based on skin color. Her heart is in empowering women of color, and her Ph.D. from WSU will help facilitate that passion. When she graduates, she hopes to find work in a community mental health facility. She plans to graduate in 2017.

Washington State University is nestled amid the unique rolling hills of the Palouse and surrounded by natural beauty. National Geographic published a feature article about the area, calling it paradise. Close to mountains, rivers, bike paths, and hiking trails, the area is the quintessential recreational and cultural hub of the inland Pacific Northwest. The small town of Pullman is ranked #4 among the 50 safest cities in Washington State. The beauty, safety and support of a small college town, coupled with high quality childcare and some of the best public schools in the state make Washington State University a great place for families. Not only that, WSU Pullman has the lowest cost of living of all the PAC-12 schools—a bonus for families on a budget.

Balancing family and education isn’t so hard at Washington State University, where residents make family safety and support a priority, and where finances are less of a burden. WSU Pullman offers the unique combination of a leading research institution with a safe, wholesome community that many are proud to call home.