Alumnus Chelsie Collier
Mar 06, 2013
Chelsie Collier’s goal is to make a difference in the lives of children as she saw the impact an adult can have on a child during her time in the Wyoming Congressional Award program.
Collier, formerly known as Chelsie Trowbridge during her time in the program, earned the Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. She received the Gold Medal in 2011.
“My goals in the Congressional Award program and my relationship with Christ have molded me into the person I am today,” Collier said. “The goals kept me busy when I could have been making non-healthy life choices in the slow, small town that I lived in.”
For Voluntary Public Service, Collier made fleece blankets for the nursing home, volunteered at the Laramie Soup Kitchen and attended youth service retreats around the state. She also served as a Big Sister in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.
“My ‘Little Sister’ became one of the greatest ways I learned I could be influential to children just by being concerned and interested in what was happening in their lives,” she said. “My ‘Little Sister’ and I shared many memories that encouraged me to embrace childhood even more.”
Collier participated in many high school and college associated programs for her Personal Development goals, and strived to find a healthy lifestyle as part of her Physical Fitness goals.
Collier’s Expedition goals began by planning camping trips with family and then she took a trip on her own to the California Redwoods. Collier and a friend camped throughout the journey and took in a different side of California in its rocky shorelines and giant trees. One of her favorite experiences from the trip was being able to drive through a tree and to have the opportunity to hike in some of the biggest Redwood Groves.
“Helping others and creating community has become a part of my everyday life, and I enjoy making others be able to appreciate life more because of the actions I have chosen to make,” she said.
Collier lived in Saratoga and Laramie, Wyoming, during her time in the program, and now resides in Laramie with her husband, Earl. She is a student at the University of Wyoming where she is finishing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood. She plans on graduating in 2013.
“There are many different professions someone can choose in order to make a difference in the world,” she said. “Creating involved student citizens is one of the best ways to make our country, and the world generate change.”
Collier was recently accepted into Mortar Board, a National Senior Honor Society. She is also involved in Chi Alpha, a campus ministry. She enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, crocheting and reading.
Collier is also passionate about speaking out against Child Sex Trafficking in the U.S. and around the world.
“It is a growing cause that many people in the U.S. have never even heard is occurring here,” she said.