“Strength comes when there is no hope of finding it.” – Sam K. Yeskis-West
Pronouns – She, Her, Hers
Sexual Identity – Bisexual and Demisexual
Having a place to be creative is exactly what UW-Superior provides as a liberal arts college. Sam Yeskis-West loves that her creative outlet is encouraged on campus.
“The Writing program is perfect. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I love fantasy fiction,” Sam said. “While I haven’t published any of my personal writing, I write for UW-Superior’s online magazine on Odyssey, and I really enjoy it.”
Along with being supported by countless people on campus, Sam appreciates the inclusive campus environment.
“There’s always someone to help you,” Sam said. “Especially in the Gender Equity Resource Center (GERC). The staff are all friends. They’re trying to make the university better for all people.”
Before coming to UW-Superior, Sam didn’t have much thought about the future, and her time here has changed that.
“I had no idea what I was going to do, but the people I’ve met here have shifted my way of thinking, my views and my hope for the future,” she said. “I’ve got a plan to become a person who advocates for the LGBTQ+ to battle ignorance, and I’m going to stick to it. I’m excited for it to play out.”
Sam’s future has also been built through her academics and the small classroom settings at UW-Superior.
“Everyone is smart here, and I love my instructors. From the Yellowjacket Union green roof to the facilities - the programs are amazing and the things people do on this campus are incredible,” she said.
Her friends, her instructors, the GERC and campus have all given Sam knowledge and valuable life lessons.
“My time at UW-Superior has taught me that identity matters,” she said. “I’m a person who deserves to be treated with respect – no matter what.”
Sam is looking to work for another online magazine after she graduates, and hopefully in the future, she’ll be able to publish her works of fiction.
The Gender Equity Resource Center (GERC) works to create a safe environment within the campus community and provides programs and resources that empower students of all genders and sexual identities to have a successful college experience. If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community, contact them today to see how you can bring even more diversity to UW-Superior.