Arcata Chamber of Commerce
How did you choose HSU?
Amanda: First of all, it is part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) which means that it allows out of state students to attend for in-state tuition costs.
Plus, the redwoods are here and the outdoor scene in Humboldt is incredible: rivers, redwoods, tons of wildlife, backpacking, paddling, and I love the ocean. We don’t have the ocean in Arizona.
What do you appreciate about Arcata and the area?
Amanda: The redwoods. I love the old growth.
There is so much outdoor adventure to be had here. It’s super unique to have huge, dense, forests on the coastline.
Arcata has a cool community vibe and there are all kinds of cool events and local businesses.
What could the area do better?
Amanda: Cannabis tourism. If they capitalized more on that I think a lot of people would come here like they go to Denver.
I don’t know if Arcata has the law, but Eureka recently allowed open consumption. We have the name “Humboldt” so we should capitalize on that.
What is your post-college dream?
Amanda: I want to start an experiential learning program that would help get low-income people into the outdoors. Like a retreat center, but a little more rugged.
I would also like to bring larger companies outdoors for team building workshops to build more well rounded and whole people.