Brisa Calderon

Anticipated graduation year: 2012

Majors: Mathematics; Physics; Computer Science

Hometown: Spokane, Wash.

Whitworth activities/clubs: Global Servants

Favorite book: The Greatest Thing in the World, by Henry Drummond

Favorite movie: Life is Beautiful and The Fellowship of the Ring

Favorite quote: "Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God." -– William Carey

Favorite thing about Whitworth: The willingness of the professors to engage with their students and to get to know them. That has been an incredible blessing for me.

Best class: So far, Differential Equations. The class was extremely interesting, we were able to connect the mathematics with numerous practical applications, and I had the opportunity to get to know several of my classmates more than I usually do. Combined, these made for a wonderful class.

Favorite place or hangout on campus: The Loop when it is warm outside. The trees on campus are beautiful, and you can watch people walking by. It is a great place to do homework or to just sit and relax.

Best Whitworth moment or experience: The first time I walked down the Hello Walk and knew the majority of the people that I passed. Whitworth is a small campus, and feeling "connected" to it is one of the things I have enjoyed the most.

Advice for incoming students: Come ready to learn and to grow. Whitworth has so much to offer, and God can use it to shape your ideas, goals and life. Not taking advantage of those opportunities is a waste.

What I plan to do after graduation: Graduate school is definitely part of the plan, and someday I would like to teach mathematics and physics at a high school level.

Research/special projects I'm involved in: In summer 2010 I was given the opportunity to complete an internship at Princeton University, in New Jersey. I worked in the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, where they are researching fusion as a viable energy source. The experience was amazing, not only because I was able to interact with brilliant scientists and researchers, but also because I was able to become better acquainted with the fields they are working in. The experience was made even better by the encouragement and support that my Whitworth professors gave me throughout the application and internship process.