Josh Lum

Anticipated graduation year: 2012

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: Happy Valley, Ore.

Whitworth activities/clubs: Pre-Med/Science Club, intramural volleyball and ultimate Frisbee, and En Christo!!!

Favorite book: Currently my favorite books are The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Courageous Leadership, and The Total Money Makeover

Favorite food: Anything made by the beautiful Janell!

Favorite quote: "Skadoosh" -- Po (Kung Fu Panda)

Favorite residence hall: My favorite resident hall was definitely Tiki (in the Village). We had great community, and even though we're all in different resident halls now, we're all still good friends. We had some very explosive, fiery, and memorable experiences together. Tiki is: "All That is Man."

Favorite thing about Spokane: I love the snow! My favorite thing about the snow was that I got to play tackle football in it, have snowball fights and go sledding.

I love my major because... it is the best. I love studying biology because it is about life. I love studying chemistry because I can look at the smaller details and see how they affect the world that we live in. But when you put biology and chemistry together, you get perfection: biochemistry. Biochemistry allows you to study both biology and chemistry. You get to study the chemistry behind biological functions and how they are interrelated. Very fascinating!

Why I chose to attend Whitworth: Whitworth is a great school. One of the reasons why I chose Whitworth is because it has a top-of-the-line pre-medical program. Whitworth is also concerned about and involved in its community. Service is very important at Whitworth, and many students are involved in clubs/organizations/mission trips that allow them to serve in Spokane and/or around the world. The very heart of Whitworth is truly about relationships. All of the professors really care about their students, and I have witnessed how they have bent over backwards just to help a student out. During my senior year of high school I decided to go visit Whitworth one last time before I made my final college decision. When we arrived in Spokane, the roads were pretty icy and there was a good amount of snow everywhere. We drove up to the admissions office to check in for our tour, but it was closed. I called the office and the answering machine said that Whitworth would be closed for the day due to the weather. It was quite disappointing because we had driven six hours just to visit Whitworth for the day. As I was getting back into the car, another car pulled up and a man asked if we were okay. We told him how we had driven up for a tour, but Whitworth was closed for the day. It turned out that he was an adjunct professor at Whitworth and he gave us a private tour. God is good all the time! He knew what He was doing. Because Whitworth was closed for the day, I received a private tour, I got to see the heart of Whitworth and I decided Whitworth was where I wanted to attend college. Dr. Liebert really showed me the heart of Whitworth; he showed me how the professors really care about the students, even pre-frosh.

Activities/clubs/events that students shouldn't miss: You should definitely get involved with En Christo. It is a great way to build lasting relationships, to grow spiritually, and to serve our community. En Christo is a student-led organization that feeds the homeless in downtown Spokane. The purpose of En Christo is to follow the heart of Christ. We make lunches and soup every week. The lunches are our cover; we're really there to build relationships. En Christo is a great opportunity to cross the socio-economic gap every week, to immerse yourself and get to know people on the other side of this gigantic chasm. En Christo also allows you to build relationships with fellow students and assists you in your personal growth with Jesus Christ.

What I plan to do after graduation: After graduation I plan on going to medical school.