Kristin Nilsson, '10
Majors: Theology and Peace Studies
Current Position: Nilsson is a youth group assistant working in southeastern Montana at a group home for youth from the Northern Cheyenne and Crow tribes. The home is an alternative to the fostercare system for children from the reservations.
Why Whitworth: "Like many looking for the 'right' college, I was overwhelmed by the number of possibilities. Whitworth was one of only a few private schools I considered, and the only Christian school I applied to. After visiting, I felt at home on campus and really loved the blend of cultures that is Spokane and the Pacific Northwest. I could picture myself learning and growing there."
Whitworth Activities: Participated in En Christo and Communities in Crisis/Common Table Club; was an RA and a small-group leader; worked as a HUB information desk manager; interned at Cup of Cool Water; and volunteered with Global Neighborhoods refugee outreach and Homework Helpers tutoring program.
Quote: "Whitworth taught me to listen well and to strive to be in solidarity with those around me. I had great examples of servant-leadership and of how to love well. Professors, classmates and friends constantly asked questions that made me think deeply about faith, justice and peace."
Influential Whitworth Experiences: "Paired with opportunities to get off campus to serve, I learned a lot on the Christian Spirituality Jan Term Study Program at Tall Timber Ranch, in Leavenworth, Wash. The time away made me value simplicity, a balance of work and play, prayer and community."
Career Goals: "I want to be continually challenged to grow in faith, community and solidarity. Right now I think this will place me in the social-services field, and I am hoping to go to graduate school to pursue a master's degree in theology or social work."
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