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Octavio Blanco

Major: Sociology
Current Position: Blanco is a business analyst at Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Seattle. His main responsibility is to work across departments to standardize and automate processes as AWS continues to grow. When not managing projects, Blanco mentors new "Amazonians" as they adapt to the fast-paced and competitive corporate environment. Outside of work, Blanco helps local high school students from underrepresented backgrounds pursue a college degree and a career in the tech industry.

Why Whitworth? "Out of all of the universities I visited in high school, Whitworth was the only school that had me hooked the second I stepped on campus. After meeting
faculty and staff, I knew I would be able to earn an education that would prepare me for whatever career path I decided to pursue."

Whitworth Activities: "I participated in varsity football and intramural sports, and I was an active member of the International Club."

Influential Whitworth Professors: "Mike Ingram and Jason Wollschleger influenced me the most. They were the toughest on me academically, but also the ones I had great, meaningful conversations with regardless of the topic. Without knowing it at the time, they prepared me to be successful in an industry where delivering results and being the best at what you do is expected."

Influential Whitworth Experience: "My most influential experience was traveling and studying in France for a semester. My passion for the French language, as well as my desire to study in France and learn about its rich history, made this experience one that influences me to this day."

Career Goals: "My career plan includes attending law school to become a corporate or patent lawyer at a tech company."

Other Recent Alums

  • Alma Aguilar is a compliance specialist at Family Impact Network in Spokane. She works to enhance parent-child visitation and in-home therapy services for families.
  • Rebekah Miller is seeking a master's degree in social work at Loyola University Chicago. She is specializing in mental health with a focus on trauma care.
  • Alannah Price is human resources manager at WestGate Church in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Bailey Richardson is seeking a master's degree in school counseling at Seattle University and works as a milieu counselor at Center for Discovery, an inpatient eating disorder treatment facility.