Anticipated Graduation Year: 2012
Majors: Community-Based Theatre; Peace Studies
Hometown: Vista, Calif.
Whitworth activities/clubs: Whitworth Theatre, Hope for Kenya Club, International Club, Latino Student Union, intramurals
Favorite book: Harry Potter 1-7
Favorite food: My dad’s Mexican food
We’d be surprised to know that… one of my favorite animals is an Okapi
Favorite off-campus study program experience: Studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium for my peace studies major. I loved being immersed in another culture, traveling around Europe, meeting new people, and learning more about myself.
Favorite professor: One of my favorite professors at Whitworth is Jenny Holsinger. Her passion for her students and what she teaches is truly inspirational. Every time I have taken a class with her, I am not only left with a deeper understanding of the world I live in, but a continued curiosity on the subject studied. Her interactive teaching style embodies Whitworth’s mission of an education of a mind and heart where students are challenged both inside and outside of the classroom.
Favorite residence hall: That would have to be a three way tie between Warren, BJ and East. I traditiated in Warren, so this dorm will always hold a place in my heart, but the following two years I was on student leadership in BJ and East and loved every minute in both of these dorms as well. Each dorm has such a welcoming and supportive community that it’s hard not to call each one of these places home.
Why I chose to attend Whitworth: When I visited Whitworth I stayed with a current student. As I walked around campus and met the students I could feel the sense of community that I have grown to cherish as a Whitworth student. I sat in a political science class and met with a theatre professor. The professors seemed approachable and to care about their students and what they were teaching. It helped that I saw Whitworth on a beautiful spring day full of students playing Frisbee and studying in the grassy loop. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this thriving university?
What I plan to do after graduation: I plan to go abroad and work for a nonprofit organization dedicated to peace and restorative justice for a few years. And then possibly go to grad school or continue working in a similar line of work. I would love to use community-based theatre to build bridges between cultures, empower individuals, and to restore communities.