Rediet Medhane, '19
Region for summer 2017: Federal Way, Wash.
Hometown, state: Tacoma, Wash.
Majors: Mathematics and French & francophone studies
Whitworth activities/clubs: Residence life (RA); French live-lab leader, worship leader at Awake student ministry, membership in Black Student Union. Previous activities: residence hall representative in ASWU, Les Petit Franglais (French Club), Student Ambassador for Admissions
Most influential class or professor and why: Core 250. I love the wide range of thought and depth of ideas. I also love being in Leonard Oakland's film-based discussion group and learning these rationalist worldviews and intellectual virtues through films. Plus, learning from a Whitworth legend like Leonard is a huge honor!
What Whitworth means to me: It's a place where I am accepted and welcomed, yet simultaneously challenged, stretched and developed. I have learned and grown immensely in my academic, personal and interpersonal life and have consistently learned what truly good community can look like and do in our development.
My favorite experience as a Whitworthian (so far): Hearing from and wrestling with ideas and perspectives both on campus and those brought by administration, student organizations and faculty. The speakers who come to speak on relevant and compelling topics have challenged me to think critically and to engage in difficult conversation with others. On an entirely different note, I have the wonderful opportunity to study abroad this fall in Reunion Island (an overseas department of France in Africa), which I assume will be the experience of a lifetime.
What I hope to do after I graduate: I want to get my master's in teaching here at Whitworth and to become a high school math teacher. Long-term, I want to be an international teacher in francophone Africa.
Why I'm excited to be a part of the Alumni Discovery Project this year: I have discovered a personal love for story and the power it has. I love hearing about the experiences of others, especially those radically different from mine. I also love the opportunity it gives for current students to connect with and hear the insights of alumni and fellow Pirates. We can learn so much as individuals and as an institution from their stories.