Monika Cetnarowski

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Monika Cetnarowski photo
Monika Cetnarowski photo
Monika Cetnarowski photo
Monika Cetnarowski photo
Monika Cetnarowski photo
Monika Cetnarowski photo

Anticipated graduation year: 2013

Majors: International Business and French

Birthplace: I was technically born at a hospital in Edmonds, Wash., but I've lived in Mukilteo all my life.

Whitworth activities/clubs: Jubilation Ballet and Tap; dance and step aerobics; Whitworth's Circle K International (a community service club affiliated with Kiwanis); Le Français Theme House activities; and the new Business Club

Research/special academic programs: In April 2012 I presented a research paper on the epistolary novel in 18th century France, which I wrote in one of my French classes, at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference at Gonzaga University.

Whitworth off-campus study programs: I spent Jan Term 2011 on the island of Guadeloupe, a French department in the Caribbean, to receive my intensive oral French credits. We attended a language school and stayed three weeks with host families in St. Anne. There were planned excursions each weekend. Between ziplining, climbing volcanoes, sea kayaking, and just lying on the gorgeous beaches, it was an amazing way to improve my French, learn about a unique Caribbean culture, and escape cold and snowy Spokane in January. For the fall 2012 semester, I will be in France at the Université de Savoie, through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), and I am so excited to immerse myself in the French culture and language.

Favorite music artist/group: I grew up listening to classic rock and alternative, so I love these genres. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is definitely one of my favorite albums. I also am a huge fan of show tunes and watching musicals. I love finding just the right music to fit my mood.

Favorite book: David Sedaris is my favorite author and I had the privilege to see him (and get his autograph!) when he was here in Spokane in May 2010. Some of my favorite books of his are: Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames.

Favorite movie: Forrest Gump, because it is a great story that has a little bit of everything.

Favorite food: Being from Western Washington, I love seafood. Nothing beats fresh crab off the docks at Ocean Shores.

Favorite quote: Viktor Frankl's book, Man's Search for Meaning, is packed with wonderful quotes, but here's one that I like and try to hold myself to: "Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant."

You'd be surprised to know that…I am legally blind. I was born with underdeveloped optic nerves. So, I have a bunch of cool technology that magnifies my textbooks and my computer screens. However, I've never let my vision get in the way of my education or enjoying life.  

If I could try anything and not fail: Well, in high school my dream was to design roller coasters. Then I took physics…Now, I think it would be really cool to become a U.S. Ambassador to France and then teach.

If I could go on a road trip with anyone (from the past or present): Backpacking through Europe with my group of friends from home, plus a couple more lifelong friends I've met in college.

What I like best about Whitworth: I love my small classes and my professors. You really get to know your professors and they want to know you. It gives me comfort knowing that I will never get lost in the crowd.

What I would like to do after I graduate: I will probably go back to school in a few years, once I have a little more job experience and direction in life. I've considered teaching English abroad after I graduate next year.

The most important life lesson I've learned in my time at Whitworth: It's your choice to make the best out of any situation. Enjoy life because it goes too quickly. I can't believe I will be graduating next year! College goes so much faster than high school.