Annick Welhaven Føyen

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Anticipated graduation year: 2012

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Oslo, Norway

Whitworth activities/clubs: International Club

Favorite book: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Favorite music: House music, acoustic, etc. It depends on the mood.

Favorite food: Mamma's reindeer casserole

Favorite movie: Million Dollar Baby

Favorite guilty pleasure: No guilt, but lots and lots of happiness with chocolate!

We'd be surprised to know that… I play a musical saw

Favorite thing about Whitworth: That it is a faith-based university. I would not find anything in the same category in Norway so I am very thankful to get that here at Whitworth.

Favorite professor: Raja Tanas. His experiences from the Middle East and his insight amaze me and inspire me in my sociology studies and pursuing life.

Best class: Race and Ethnicity with Jennifer Holsinger. I never thought I could feel so great and so frustrated at the same time. It has challenged my thinking and my awareness for race and inequality in the society we live in. I strongly encourage you to take the class and see for yourself.

Favorite thing about Spokane: I would have to say my friends.

Why I chose to attend Whitworth: It challenges my faith and learning and is a safe place to grow in many ways.

Advice for incoming students: Be yourself and enjoy the good moments!

What I plan to do after graduation: I can't tell you how many times people have asked me, "Are you going back to Norway after graduation? Or are you going to stay in America forever?" The answer to that is I don't know. I do want to take some time off and travel and enjoy experiences and fun opportunities before going to grad school or getting settled into a career. I think it is important to take advantage of the opportunities of seeing the world and experiencing different cultures, values and traditions before getting settled.