Casey Armstrong

Anticipated graduation year:

Major: Art

Hometown: Nomadic

Whitworth activities/clubs: Small Group Leader in 2009-2010, grounds crew student worker

Favorite book: As a bibliophile it is hard to pick one. Three of my favorites include The Giving Tree, Winterdance, 12 x 12

Favorite quote: "the free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them." — Charles Bukowski (Tales of Ordinary Madness) .

Favorite thing about Whitworth: Whitworth is a wonderful place on so many levels. I really love the education, but honestly the environment is what makes everything so memorable. For example, Whitworth is so lucky to have amazing workers on campus. I find personable faces and people that honestly care on my way into the dining hall, hugs from the post office, greetings from the snowplow drivers, and authentic conversations with professors outside of class.

Favorite off-campus study program experience:The Power and Politics class in Europe was really wonderful. This trip was really a rich experience for me; fond memories. I really enjoy being a minority, having to work to communicate, being force to observe what is around us, realizing we are kind of small, and learning to be uncomfortable and how to adapt is great.

IFavorite place or hangout on campus: Playing outside is really the best. When I am not outside I frequent the art building; many late nights in the studio.

Why I chose to attend Whitworth: I am not going to lie, it started off with me simply following my older sister whom I adore and cannot be separate from, but I am truly glad we selected Whitworth. It is such a wonderful community; the department I am involved in is ideal and full of spirited people. I am thankful in a big way for everything that led me to Whitworth.

My best Whitworth moment or experience: Being a part of the Whitworth Choir for the first time this past school year has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It taught me so much, both about singing, and about what it means to be a part of an excellent ensemble in a fabulous university.

Advice for incoming students: Value the time and the people. Be bold when it is necessary, and embrace all the silly things because they may become important in a big way later.

What I plan to do after graduation: I am considering doing an organic permaculture program where you learn by living on farms through the WWOOF organization. I am also thinking about looking into grad school.