Kailee S.

Undergraduate Recipient

"A year from now, what advice might you give to your past self that could help you overcome any obstacles you are currently facing? Explain how this advice could help you live your life with CF to the fullest potential right now. As part of your essay please also explain the significance of your creative presentation to your journey with CF."

A year from now, if I could give my former self any advice on how to deal with the first year of college better, I would remind myself to not lose sight of my goals. I would tell myself to keep coming back to things I am passionate about and that help me deal with the challenges of Cystic Fibrosis. When I began my first year of college, I quickly became overwhelmed by the increased work load typical of a student studying nursing. I forgot how to step away from the stress for a moment and immerse myself in something that brings me joy and fulfillment. I forgot that, sometimes, I need to take the time for things that truly make me feel better. I would tell myself to make time for those things that bring me real happiness. My education is important to me but I need to remember that my health and happiness are even more important. This is why I chose to crochet a pair of lungs. This project means a lot to me because it has given me the opportunity to get back into an activity that has helped me thrive with CF. Crochet has been very therapeutic for me in times when I have struggled with this disease, and that is why I chose this particular project. It represents the obstacles I have overcome, both medically and psychologically, and it is my inspiration for a healthy and fulfilling future.


Kailee S.'s Artwork

Kailee S.'s Achievements

  • On-Campus Student Bank Manager 2013, 2014, 2015: Responsible for running the student banking branch on campus. Recognition Award and $500 College Scholarship.
  • Asante Community Hospital Internship Program 2015: One of 4 students selected to participate with the opportunity to work in and gain experience in a hospital environment alongside staff in various departments.
  • National Honors Society 2013,2014, 2015
  • Knit Wits Club 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015: Community service project “Caps for Kids” & “The Bear Project”
  • Home Grown Project sponsored by Linfield College and The Center for the Northwest 2015-2016
  • Supporting fresh food access by providing resources, education, and support necessary for families to grow sustainably.
  • Linda Vista Assisted Living Rehabilitation Center 2012, 2013, 2014: Facilitated activities for senior residents including crafts, entertainment, reading groups, and pet visits.
  • Science Works Museum & Summer Intern 2012: Received Recognition Award 125+ community service hours volunteering as an exhibit interpreter, activities presenter, and teaching assistant.
  • Relay for Life 2014, 2015: Helped raise funds and participated in marathon walk.
  • Linfield College Digital Repository Assistant 2015-Present: Part-time employment organizing and maintaining the digital reference repository for Linfield College.
  • Rogue Credit Union Student Bank Teller 2013, 2014, 2015: After school and full-time summer employment working as a bank teller for Rogue Credit Union.