Welcome to a new SweetwaterNOW series, #WHYoming.
We are highlighting people from around our communities and asking them a few questions. We want to learn a little about them and see why they chose this great state to raise their families, start their businesses, or simply to ask — Why Wyoming?
This week I sat down with Levi Larsen who is the Student Body President at Western Wyoming Community Collge. He also participates in a variety of other leadership positions at WWCC.
Levi, tell us one thing that is unique about you?
I love public speaking. My whole life I have loved giving presentations and I have taken advantage of every opportunity to present in front of people.
That is one of the reasons that I love Western. I have been given a lot of opportunities to present to students. ASG (Associated Student Government) hosts a lot of events and gives several presentations on alcohol awareness and drug abuse awareness. We talk to students about how they can get financial aid what they can do to improve their college experience. I love that.
As a Student Ambassador, I give tours of the college. Every time a high school student or someone interested in the college comes, I walk them through the campus and talk to them about housing. I absolutely love it. I think it is odd for that to be something unique about me because most people are terrified about public speaking.
What is one of your favorite things to do in Wyoming?
I like floating the river a lot. I enjoy getting outdoors. If you live in Wyoming, you better enjoy the outdoors. It’s fun to be out in nature and not have to worry about a lot of noise and people running around.
If you could give one brief piece of advice, what would it be?
I’m only 22 so I don’t have advice for people with more life experience than me, but I would say to people coming out of high school and considering college, go to college. Beyond that, if you have an opportunity to go to Western, I would go to Western. For me, [Western] wasn’t always my first option. It was my last option. When I ended up coming, I absolutely enjoyed it.
What is one thing that you appreciate about our community?
The opportunities that are available.
My family moved here when my dad got a new job. We are originally from Idaho. Idaho is a great state, but the amount of opportunities I have had both in high school in Green River and at Western are enormous. The funding and support from the several different industries here help people to get the education they want.
WWCC is a great example of that. A lot of students can receive a good, complete education at a very affordable cost.
Would you rather walk, ride a bike, take a horse, or drive a car?
I would ride a bike.
What would you sing at karaoke night?
“Motivation” by JamestheMormon.
How would your friends describe you?
Spontaneous and crazy. Excited to go out and do stuff. Someone that likes to dance around like an idiot.
Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?
Any actor with a man bun really. Minus Daniel Radcliffe.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Being able to serve and complete a two-year mission for my church. It was a really difficult thing. It was hard for me. I was originally assigned to Mexico and had to learn Spanish without really having any foreknowledge of the language. I ended up having health complications that I had to fight through. Then, I was relocated to San Diego where I also served speaking Spanish.
Overcoming [my health trial] and then overcoming the trial of learning a new language well enough so that you can help people see how lifestyle changes and God can help them in their lives was really hard. I loved that because while it was two years I was not going to school, it was two years I was making an impact on people’s lives. I got to see families change, people that struggled with addictions and real life problems turn their lives around. That was incredibly fulfilling for me.
Up to this point, that is the biggest accomplishment I have ever had because of the impact I feel I was able to have at that time.
Don’t limit yourself. If you want to achieve something in life. Really go after it and don’t make up excuses for why you can’t do it.
– Levi Larsen
Why do you continue to live in Wyoming?
I think Wyoming has more to offer me. And because of the opportunities I have been given here in the community and at the college. At first, I wasn’t excited to live here, but I’ve noticed Wyoming has so much for me. I can tell the State and my community care so much about me because of all the opportunities available to me. I also feel like I have an opportunity to make a difference here.
If you’d like us to interview yourself or someone you know for #WHYoming, please send us suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org