Luke Welle

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Luke Welle

Anticipated graduation year: 2014

Majors: Biochemistry, Premed

Hometown: Canby, Ore.

As a soon-to-be graduating senior, I look back at my Whitworth experience and stand in awe of the journey that has brought me to this point. As a senior in high school, I didn't know of Whitworth until I received a Dean's Priority Application in the mail. I said "why not?" and filled it out. I was accepted soon thereafter and everything just seemed to fall into place. I found Whitworth to be a place where I could follow my academic and athletic pursuits—all while fostering my faith. It was the perfect combination.

As a student at Whitworth I have taken full advantage of academic and athletic offerings. I have been challenged by professors who know me by name to achieve more than I could have imagined as a high school student receiving that application in the mail. With ambitions of going to medical school, this was exactly what I needed. As a member and captain of the swim team, I have had to learn the balancing act that accompanies such a commitment. As I enter medical school next year, I will take with me the drive for academic success that I have acquired in the classroom and the perseverance and leadership skills that come from my many hours in the pool.

All this said, I know that my Whitworth experience would not have been possible without the assistance of donors. I have immense gratitude for the ways that my tuition has been subsidized to create a more affordable experience and also for the facilities that have enriched my time. As a biochemistry major, I have made extensive use of Robinson Science Hall. The top-of-the-line lab facilities and equipment in combination with close faculty guidance gave me learning opportunities in laboratory and research coursework that could not have been replicated elsewhere. As a swimmer, donor money has made an impact on the facilities I train in, both the aquatics center and new recreation center, better enabling me to reach my goals as an athlete.