Jackie Holien

What degree and/or certification are you working toward or have you already earned at Whitworth?
I am working on my Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling.

Children? How many and what age(s)?
I have one child; she is two.

Why Whitworth? Why now?
Whitworth is just the right school for me. I love that the classes are offered at night, and the faculty is wonderful! As far as "Why now?" is concerned, now is as good a time as any! I just graduated this summer with my Bachelor in Applied Developmental Psychology, and I need to get my master's to be able to do what I want to be a school counselor.

Best book you've ever read
A Child Called "It." The book was very well written and very sad.

What's been the best part so far about attending graduate school at Whitworth?
Definitely the faculty. They are all so nice and really want you to succeed. I earned my undergraduate at a public institution, which is fine. But here at Whitworth they are truly genuine about helping you succeed.

Favorite movie
Brown Sugar. It's a great movie about love and music.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I would love to go to Hawaii and Fiji. I have never been to either place, and it has always been a dream of mine to visit.

Where do you work?
I am a full-time mommy. It's just me, so I love being able to spend as much time as I can with my daughter; she is my angel.

What else do you have to balance in life while pursuing academic study?
I am a mom, and that alone would be enough, but I also help take care of my own mom and grandma.  I also just received a graduate assistantship position that I start this spring. I am looking forward to that as well.

Advice for other adults considering Whitworth's evening graduate school
Do it! The classes are taught by people who really like what they do, and they are very knowledgeable. I love the fact that I am able to have a life in the daytime and to go to school at night. It's the best way to do it!

If you were able to say a few words at a Whitworth graduation, what would they be?
Congratulation, congratulations, congratulations! You did it, and that is a huge accomplishment. You can now go out and be great. I would also add one of my favorite quotes: "Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life, but rather by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed."  -- Booker T. Washington