Gabrielle Perez

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Gabrielle Perez
MGabrielle Perez
Gabrielle Perez
MGabrielle Perez
Gabrielle Perez
MGabrielle Perez
Gabrielle Perez

Anticipated graduation year: 2014

Majors: Journalism & Mass Communication

Birthplace: Kennewick, Wash.

Hometown: Tri-Cities, Wash.

Whitworth activities/clubs: SFER (Students for Education Reform), Communications Club, The Whitworthian (photographer)

Whitworth off-campus study programs: None but I've gone on a volunteer Spring Break trip to Jamaica! We volunteered at an orphanage and did construction work at the Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf.

Favorite music artist/group: I like a lot of random stuff, but some of the best are Michael Jackson, Fleet Foxes, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce.

Favorite book: My most current favorite? The Perks of being a Wallflower.

Favorite movie: I love way too many. Bridesmaids, Anchorman, Miss Congeniality, The Little Mermaid.

Favorite food: Anything with shrimp!… or cotton candy.

Favorite quote:  "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
- Maya Angelou

You'd be surprised to know that… I can freestyle rap.

If I could try anything and not fail: My childhood dream of being a famous movie star, or becoming a motivational speaker!

If I could go on a road trip with anyone (from the past or present): I'd probably go on a road trip across the country with Martin Luther King, Jr., Tina Fey and Oprah Winfrey. Sorry – I kind of broke the rules there.

What I like best about Whitworth: You aren't just a number here. Unlike so many large schools, you don't get lost in the mix. Your professors know you by name, you know all of your classmates – you work together so that everyone is successful. My professors are not only mentors to me, but also friends and I'm so blessed to be able to go to a school that values relationships so much.

What I plan to do after graduation: I'd love to start off in television broadcasting, and eventually work on documentaries! Going to film school would be wonderful. As long as I can use my creativity to share stories, help others and entertain – I will be happy.

The most important life lesson I've learned in my time at Whitworth: People matter the most. More than what degree you have, more than how much money you make, more than anything. I believe that the simplest way we can change the world is through the way we treat others.