Michaela Allen, '11
Current position: Graphic designer and print specialist with MM3 Design Agency, in Kennewick, Wash. She also oversees the production of The Perfect Move, a quarterly community magazine produced by MM3.
Why Whitworth? "Attending a small university was important to me, and I knew I would thrive best in a Christian setting. Whitworth just felt like the right place for me when I visited."
Whitworth Activities: Performed with Cool Whip, the improv team, and was involved with The Natsihi, Whitworth's yearbook, including serving as its editor-in-chief.
Quote: "When I accepted my current job, I had the initial panic that I think most college graduates face, asking myself, "Am I really qualified to do this job? Did I learn everything I needed to?" I've found since then that my Whitworth education prepared me for my career in a much broader sense. My professors helped give me a clear picture of what my industry was like while I was still in the classroom. From class projects requiring me to work with actual clients to theoretical discussions about good design principles and ethics, I was equipped with a core understanding of my vocation. This has proven far more valuable than merely building technical skills, which I'm able to do as I work in my field."
Influential Whitworth Professor: "Ron Pyle's communication theories class completely changed the way I relate to others. Having strong communication skills, especially influenced by a Christian perspective, has helped me form better professional and personal relationships."
Career Goals: "I would love to specialize in branding and identity work or pursue a career as an art director for a magazine."
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