Anticipated Graduation Year: 2012
Majors: Journalism; Marketing
Hometown: Nevada, Mo.
Whitworth activities/clubs: The Whitworthian, Communication Club, intramural sports, admissions student ambassador
Favorite book: The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn
Favorite food: New York style cheesecake
Favorite movie: Philadelphia Story, because it’s a classic and is surprisingly witty!
Favorite off-campus study program experience: My semester studying abroad at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Not only was I able to meet amazing people from all over the world and appreciate many different cultures, my experience showed me the true value of Whitworth and the education our school provides.
Favorite thing about Spokane: I love the fact that within a 10 minute drive I can get out of the city and into farmland, forests or lake country. Spokane offers many ways to get away from the stress of school or work and to appreciate the nature of the Pacific Northwest.
I like my major because… we have one of the most solid departments of teachers at Whitworth. In every communication class I have taken, I have been challenged, entertained, and pushed to produce top quality work. The communication professors go above and beyond to get to know their students and the department holds great events throughout the year so that students from different divisions can get to know each other.
My best Whitworth moment or experience: Jan Term during my freshman year. I spent 2/3 of it staying up until 3 a.m. watching zombie movies or playing video games with Arend 2nd West. It was the first time I really felt like the stereotypical college student and I loved every second of it.
Advice for incoming students: Even if you feel absolutely ridiculous, uncomfortable or awkward during the first week of freshman activities, do them anyway! It’s the best way to make friends and get accustomed to the Whitworth way of life. Plus, some of my most memorable moments came from that first week.
How Whitworth is preparing me for graduate school or a career: At this point, I have no idea what I’ll be doing after graduation. As a senior, this is terrifying. However, I know that over the past four years Whitworth has prepared me to leave school as a confident, independent and talented young woman. My classes have given me many opportunities to work in a professional setting, my teachers have pumped me with more knowledge than I ever thought possible, and my experience at Whitworth on the whole has prepared me to seek out my calling and take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself.