Just like many other students on our campus, Youssef didn't know or think much about the census before talking to our team.
Youssef Tantawy, an animal science major at WSU, had no interest in the census before learning about the Cougs for Census team.
"Honestly before learning about all of this I wouldn't even bother to know about the census, whereas now that I know what it does I am more interested in finding out how to complete it," he said.
Last August, Youssef and his family members became US Citizens. Before our team informed him of how the census works, Youssef was under the impression that you needed to be a US citizen in order to complete it. While this is a common misconception, there is no requirement to be a citizen to take the census.
CYoussef is also a renter in Pullman, meaning he fits into one of the harder to reach groups for our population.
"Because we're in such a small college town and different people are moving in and out of places and transferring leases, it probably gets hard to count everyone," he said.
Overall, learning about the census encouraged Youssef to be a more engaged member of the Pullman community, and now he's ready for Census Day on April 1, 2020!