July 13, 2024

Student Spotlights


This archived article was written by: Vivika Corona

Meet Chloe McFarland, who is slowly taking on her sophomore year at Utah State University Eastern. The 19-year-old is undecided in her major and said, “I’m kind of leaning towards teaching high schoolers, but there’s not a high school education major, so communications or history, but I just want to be a high school social studies teacher.” Originally from Modesto, California, McFarland has lived in West Jordan, Utah off and on for the last 13 years.
She is planning on going to the University of Utah, or Weber State University, to further her education this upcoming fall and wants to go wherever a better program and scholarships are offered.
McFarland’s favorite memory of attending USUE was living on campus. “I liked being involved and being immersed in the college experience. I really liked being able to walk over to my friends’ rooms everyday.” She said her first semester was one of the best experiences she has ever had.
As for her proudest achievements, McFarland started a charity in high school at age 17. “I collected donations such as books and phonic machines (which help people to read). I also collected tons of blankets and coats to give to a fire department,” she said.
An extremely talented young woman, she has many hidden talents such as impersonations of “everyday people though not actual celebrities.” She is also an amazing pianist and beautiful singer. Her friends consistently praise her covers of songs and constantly catch her singing.
Something she would like to do before she dies is perform one of her own original compositions.”They aren’t that impressive but I would love to share them with someone,” McFarland said.
McFarland also enjoys film and was involved in the film program at her high school. She wrote, produced and directed a short film called “Love at First Twilight” that won first place at a film festival. The film is a comedy about a girl and boy who meet at the library while both grabbing for the iconic book “Twilight” and watching their relationship progress through their differences.
The best advice McFarland has ever gotten came from Mr. Jensen, her ethnic studies teacher, who told her to never stop asking questions. “I would ask so many questions to where it would side track us in class. One day after class I approached him and I said that I was sorry for always getting off topic and I would reel it in a little. He told me he loved it and it brought great discussion. If you want to learn about something, don’t be afraid to learn about it.”