Katherine Schafer

Anticipated graduation year: 2012

Majors: Art; Secondary Education; Minor in Mathematics

Hometown: Bozeman, Mont.

Whitworth activities/clubs: Circle K International

Favorite food: Phad Thai from Thai Bamboo! Yum!

Favorite movie: A Beautiful Mind

Favorite Book: Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

Favorite thing about Whitworth: Sunday Sundaes!

Favorite Class: My favorite class thus far is Intro to the Bible with Professor Karin Heller. I not only learned more about the Bible, but Karin Heller taught it in a way that made it relevant in today's Christian world. I discovered more connections between the New and the Old Testament than I ever had on my own.

Favorite thing about Spokane: The Greenbluff Apple Festival is one of my most favorite things about Spokane. It's a great opportunity to bond with your hallmates while browsing the local apple orchards. While you're there, don't forget to eat a fresh pumpkin donut as you're walking through the pumpkin patches. With all of the delicious food, live music, and beautiful autumn colors, it's a perfect place for making memories.

Why I chose to attend Whitworth: I chose to attend Whitworth because I wanted a smaller Christian university that was close to home. The incredible amount of community and kindness extended toward me as I toured the university truly made me feel at home. This feeling, combined with Whitworth's beautiful wooded campus, made my decision to attend Whitworth an easy one.

Activities/clubs/events that students shouldn't miss: Prime Time is definitely an activity that should not be missed because it's a great way to build relationships within your dorm community. The RAs take time to engage their residents in fun and sometimes quirky activities every night from 8 to 11 p.m. and provide for a much needed study break. From cricket spitting to mocktails, Prime Time is one event that everyone needs to experience.

What I plan to do after graduation: After graduation, I plan to teach art and math in a high-need middle school where many students struggle academically. I hope to also start an art after-school program that gets the students' artwork outside of the classroom while also building strong bonds between the school and the community.