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Tom Lembeck

Major: Spanish
Minors: General Business, Athletic Coaching
Current Position: Lembeck is a logistics specialist on the purchase order management team at etailz Inc. in Spokane Valley, Wash. In addition to sending purchase orders to suppliers and building rapport through customer service, he analyzes shipping costs for the company's largest orders and helps predict the best shipping options.

Why Whitworth? "I chose to attend Whitworth because of the people I met and the beautiful, comfortable-sized campus. What I didn't realize when I chose Whitworth was that I was going to develop so many key relationships and grow in so many ways beyond just finding a career path."

Influential Whitworth Experience: "My study abroad to Costa Rica. I got way out of my comfort zone while I lived with a non-English-speaking host family and got more travel experience in 3 1/2 months than I had in my entire life. It opened me up to a totally different world."

Career Goals: "I am more interested in personal growth than achieving the ideal position or rank, or making a certain dollar amount per year. People mistake this mentality for being indecisive, when actually I am constantly seeking opportunities to live out the growth mindset, whether I get paid for it or not. I think that has been the biggest change in my career goals since graduating – I am no longer looking to prove myself worthy of deserving the things I want. Instead, I'm looking for ways to get uncomfortable and find new perspectives as a result."

Advice for Students: "Don't just focus on your career – focus on finding your blind spots and fleshing out your weaknesses. Focus on discovering your strengths and applying them to whatever you do. Focus on finding stable, meaningful relationships that challenge you. Ultimately, put the wants and needs of others before your own, and no matter what job you do, you will find yourself abundantly blessed."

Other Recent Alums

  • Lindsay Delaney is a bilingual youth services librarian at Tigard Public Library in Tigard, Ore. She earned a master's degree in information from the University of Michigan.
  • Juliana Zajicek is working toward a master's degree in social work at Eastern Washington University. She previously taught English in Colombia on a Fullbright Scholarship.
  • Monika Cetnarowski is director of business development at 2nd Sight BioScience in Spokane.
  • Katelyn Baddeley is a Spanish teacher at Mountainside Middle School in Colbert, Wash.