Caitlin Marie Dill

Anticipated graduation year: 2012

Majors: Nursing; Spanish

Hometown: Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

Whitworth activities/clubs: Frisbee Club, Hawaiian Club, Spanish department, intramurals, small group Bible study

Favorite book: The Bible and The Count of Monte Cristo

Favorite food: Smoothies and Italian food

We'd be surprised to know that... I graduated from high school as the only senior in my class.

Favorite thing about Whitworth: The people. I am always blown away by what an incredible, intelligent, diverse, talented, driven and loving group of young people go to Whitworth. I have met so many people who encourage and inspire me, who love Jesus and are taking action to serve him, who work hard and love life! This includes professors, staff and Saga workers as well. (Where else does your sandwich lady also attend dorm Christmas parties and tell Christmas stories?) Whitworth is like a giant magnet that attracts the most awesome people I've ever met.

Best class: Oral Intensive Spanish, because you get to speak in Spanish three hours a day for three weeks in a row (it's during Jan term), do fun group projects, go to De Leon Foods for a fieldtrip and interact with not just one, but TWO amazing Spanish profs.

Favorite residence hall: I left my heart in BJ (B2W). It has such a unique community since it's the only all-freshman dorm. I'm not even the most social person, but I still made so many lasting friendships and memories in BJ. Traditiation, Primetimes, hall dates and the RA's (Emily Linn!) were all so great. I loved how the common bathrooms became a social scene and the fact that there is always someone in the main lounge to greet you. Oh, and I can't forget the countless late nights studying in the basement or laundry room (usually the most peaceful spot in the dorm). Yes, BJ does have a reputation for being wild and crazy, which is generally true, but it teaches you to balance your social life with your studies and leaves you with so many sweet memories.

Why I chose to attend Whitworth: I knew I needed to experience life outside of the islands, but didn't want to go too far away, thus I was looking into Christian schools on the West Coast. The ultimate deciding factors were that Whitworth has a good nursing program, gives good scholarships and the fact that my big brother goes here : )

Advice for incoming students: Get some sleep. Get involved and don't be afraid to try new things, but don't spread yourself too thin. Remember to take some time by yourself every once in a while. Check out chapel and Hosanna. Join Frisbee club! Come to Lu'au in the spring! Or better yet, dance in the Lu'au! And never lose hope during those long nights and weeks of endless studying – you are going to survive and do great!

What I plan to do after graduation: I'm not sure yet, but I'm planning on looking into mission work in Latin America or traveling as a nurse and hopefully ending up back in Hawaii in the future. We shall see what doors God will open!