Sophie Sestero, '11
Major: Communication Studies
Current Position: Sestero is an account executive at Ritter Public Relations, in Boise, Idaho, where her clients are in the fields of education and healthcare. Her specialty is social-media management.
Why Whitworth? "When I visited Whitworth, it felt like a home away from home – a nice community where I would feel safe to grow. I remember visiting other colleges where the student populations were overwhelming and the campuses were so spread out – it felt impossible to get to know your neighbor or build a network of new friends."
Whitworth Activities: "The first thing I did when I got to Whitworth was join the school newspaper. By senior year I was an editor, and I loved every minute. It was a wonderful way to meet new people, learn about Spokane, sharpen my writing skills, and prepare for life after graduation."
Influential Whitworth Professor: "I will never forget Jim McPherson and Ginny Whitehouse – they pushed me further in four years than I ever thought I could go. They inspired confidence, which is difficult to gain, especially in a field like journalism. The best part was that they challenged me to be my best and gave me some of the most grueling courseloads, but I enjoyed my work. Plus, they had you laughing the whole time."
Influential Whitworth Experience: "I took a Jan Term feature-writing class. One weekend of that class required students to stay two nights with an immigrant family and write a feature story about them. I was so nervous and out of my comfort zone with language barriers and differences in culture. But after two days I left the house inspired by the family's journey and their pride in America – and with several new friends."
Career Goals: "Whitworth guided me toward a true vocation – I have pride in my work and feel like I am able to make positive, lasting changes in my community. I would like to continue doing this."
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