What degree and/or certification are you working toward or have you already earned at Whitworth?
I completed my undergraduate degree through Whitworth in the Evening. I earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies with a social service major. I'm now working on my M.Ed in Clinical Health Counseling.
Why Whitworth? Why now?
I decided that I'd had such a great experience in Whitworth's night program that to go anywhere else for my master's would be a mistake. I also thought, "Why wait?" I was already used to doing homework, so it seemed best to continue straight into my master's.
Best book you've ever read
The Jesus I Never Knew, by Philip Yancey; anything by Harlan Cobin
What has been the best part so far about attending graduate school at Whitworth?
Just as I experienced in the evening undergraduate program, the staff and faculty in the graduate programs really want you to succeed.
So many. . . RED, and The A Team for action; Crazy Stupid Love and Life As We Know It for comedy and feel-good.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I would love to travel up and down the East Coast and explore the history of the United States.
Where do you work?
I work two jobs: I'm an administrative assistant with Leader One Financial and for The Service Station.
What else do you have to balance in life while pursuing academic study?
Both of my jobs and personal time. I always make sure that I have plenty of family time, and I always try to make sure I read for pleasure -– not just textbooks.
We'd be surprised to know... I really want to learn Russian and be fluent in it.
Advice for other adults considering Whitworth's evening graduate school
It will be worth the challenge, even though you feel as if all you do is homework. Remember that your teachers and the staff want you to succeed, and in the end it will be so worth it.
If you were able to say a few words at a Whitworth graduation, what would they be?
Because you go through the program with basically the same people, you get the feeling that you are with family. Everyone cares about everyone else in your classes, and you really get to know one another and to share joys and sorrows. You'll help each other, and you'll want to see everyone in your group graduate with you.