Addie Grow '09
Connecting people, supporting growth in the School of Business
Passionate about English literature, Addie (Estes) Grow '09 always knew she wanted to major in English at Whitworth. But she wasn't so sure what she wanted to do with her degree. Believing at the time that teaching was her only career option, Grow remembers being encouraged by her professor, Doug Sugano. "He reassured me there were plenty of other career options to explore, and I didn't have to decide at 20 what I would be doing when I was 30," she says.
Because of Sugano, Grow went on to earn her master's degree in English, for which she taught first-year college students and realized she loved supporting students who are starting to navigate life on their own. Now back at Whitworth, Grow is doing just that as the School of Business' assistant director of internships & external relations, a role centered on helping students to explore their career options.
The following is a Q&A with Grow.
What does your role at Whitworth involve, and what makes it rewarding?
I support and guide students in developing career-related skills, exploring internship and job opportunities, and connecting with prospective employers. Everything I get to do connects people or supports growth (often at the same time), which aligns with two of my top personal values. I'm a people-focused, lifelong learner, so the very nature of my role is rewarding. I also love being challenged, and since industry trends continually shift, I am pushed to pivot and adapt nonstop as I strive to prepare students for their careers.
Why should students apply to internships?
It's like I tell my kids when it comes to trying new foods: "You won't know if you like it until you try it." Sometimes the best result that comes from a student completing an internship is that they find out they hate that kind of work. What a useful insight! Now they can change directions while benefiting from having that internship experience on their résumé. If the internship goes well and it's a good fit, many employers will offer to extend or convert an internship into continued employment. Also, students can potentially complete an internship for academic credit while getting paid at the same time. Doing an internship is an all-around win, win, win situation.