Aaron Korthuis, '12
Major: Political Science
Current Poisition: Korthuis is a political advocacy assistant at the Association for a More Just Society, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. AJS is a Christian nonprofit organization that works on issues of violence, corruption and land rights in Honduras.
Why Whitworth? "I wanted the opportunity to challenge myself to grow intellectually and spiritually by interacting with people from different backgrounds and worldviews, while still knowing that I could find both spiritual kin and opportunities to deepen my faith."
Whitworth Activities: Political Awareness Club, intramurals, Weyerhaeuser Younger Scholar, and campus spiritual life activities.
Influential Whitworth Professor: "Julia Stronks. Our common theological heritage and her continual willingness to challenge my intellectual development and lend me resources to do so helped strengthen my desire to work as an agent of God's redemption in this world. Her experience and encouragement toward a career in law, and my conviction of the important role it can play in transforming our world, have led me to pursue a career as a lawyer."
Quote: "Many of my professors were truly (and still are) close friends of mine, and the mentoring they provided contributed more to my intellectual development than any other aspect of my time at Whitworth. The fact that your professors know you well means they can write specific and excellent recommendations. Example: I was accepted to Yale Law School, the nation's highest-ranked law school (with an acceptance rate of around 7 percent). I am convinced that my close relationships with Julia Stronks, Andy Hogue (now at Baylor), and Michael Le Roy (now president of Calvin College) allowed me to provide recommendations that separated me from the rest of the application field."
Career Goals: In fall 2014, Korthuis will begin his studies at Yale Law School, where he hopes to focus on international rights and security issues and the First Amendment's religion clauses.
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