Jay Stahlman

Anticipated Graduation Year: 2012

Major: Economics

Hometown: Littleton, Colo.

Whitworth activities/clubs: Four different intramural teams, International Club, Business Student Organization, Small Group

Favorite book: The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis

Favorite movie: Tough choice, cause I’m kind of a movie nut, but right now I’d have to pick The Dark Knight

Favorite guilty pleasure: Oreos, by the boxes

Favorite off-campus study program experience: I spent spring semester of my junior year studying abroad in Japan. I took all classes in Japanese and really immersed myself in the culture to the best of my ability and it was an incredibly rewarding experience. I made life-long friends and discovered that I am a much stronger, more resilient person than I had ever imagined.

Favorite professor: Duff Bergquist, a finance and management professor in the School of Global Commerce & Management. The man is a monster. I have never met an educated who expects more out of his students or who pushes them as hard as he does to achieve success. He is easily the smartest business teacher at the school and has the experience to back that claim up. I could not respect him more for how passionate he is about his standards.

Favorite residence hall: It’s really not even close. Absolutely nothing on campus compares to the thoughtfulness, the generosity, the masculinity, the ingenuity and the sheer glory of McMillan Hall. Some of the best guys I will ever know.

Why I chose to attend Whitworth: I chose Whitworth because it was a small, liberal arts school on the west coast that offered Japanese. The difference that I felt when visiting Whitworth, as opposed to every other small, liberal arts school, was the true sense of community and faith that is ever-present on the campus. Plus, they offered me the biggest scholarship, so it worked out all the way around.

Advice for incoming students: The only way Whitworth, or any college you choose to attend, will be able to change you is if you choose to let it. Open your heart and mind, actively participate, and enjoy the ride.

What I plan to do after graduation. I plan on attending graduate school to get a master’s degree in international business, and then return to Japan for my career.