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Jen Haveman, '18

Region, Summer 2017:  Spokane, Wash.

Hometown and state: Spokane, Wash.

Majors: Psychology and French and Francophone studies

Whitworth activities/clubs: Psi Chi Honor Society vice president for 2016-17, French Club, Psychology Club

Most influential class and/or professor and why: All of the professors in the psychology department are the most kind and genuine people. I have felt so supported not only by my advisor but by every professor I have encountered in my classes. They expand my knowledge daily.

What Whitworth means to me: Whitworth has given me the opportunity to continue on in a Christian education, and it's been incredible to view faith through an intellectual lens across so many disciplines. The faculty, staff, and students here encourage and excite me to continue to find my vocation.

My favorite experience as a Whitworthian (so far!):  It's a tie! I served as a resident assistant in Arend Hall during the 2015-16 school year. I made so many life-long friendships from within my leadership team and in my residence hall. In the Spring 2017 semester I had the opportunity to study abroad in Nothern France through Whitworth's ISEP exchange program, and it completely changed my life. I missed Whitworth dearly, but used the education I received to thrive and fall in love with another culture.

After I graduate, I hope to… attend graduate school for psychology, studying cognition or language, and then teach and do research in higher education.

Why I'm excited about the Alumni Discovery Project interviews: I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Alumni Discovery Project for the second year. Spokane is home to me in many facets, and Whitworth has been an incredible influence on my love of this region. I love hearing stories from alumni about why they chose to stay in Spokane or why they chose to come back. I have come to appreciate the diversity and long-lasting significance of the Whitworth education and I am ready for another year!