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Jonathan Hammerstrom, '19

Region for summer 2017: Spokane, Wash.

Hometown: Colorado Springs

Majors, minor: International studies (emphasis in history) and art history major, French minor

Whitworth activities/clubs: French Club (interim secretary), History Club (vice-president), Men's Chorus

Most influential class or professor and why: The most influential professors for me are Anthony Clark and Meredith Shimizu. Both professors have inspired me to continue in my passions for art, history, and traveling. Professor Clark and Professor Shimizu draw their students into the topics they teach; they paint vivid pictures with their lectures. Every class I have had with these professors has been a delight!

What Whitworth means to me: Whitworth has become a home and joy for me! It has challenged me intellectually, relationally and spiritually. I am excited to see how this will continue over the next two years, and how these four years will shape the rest of my life.

My favorite experience as a Whitworthian (so far): One of my favorite experiences (it is so hard to choose) is being a resident assistant. This past year I have served as an RA in Oliver Hall, and it has been extremely influential for me. This job has provided difficult challenges, but also many sweet relationships. I am so thankful for this experience and opportunity.

What I hope to do after I graduate: I plan on attending law school or further pursuing art history in Europe. While I do not know what the future holds, I hope that it involves travel, people, art and adventure!

Why I'm excited to be a part of the Alumni Discovery Project this year: I'm excited to learn more about various alumni experiences at the school I love. Additionally, I love hearing people's stories, and I can't think of a better opportunity to do this than the Alumni Discovery Project.