James Alford '19
Education major reflects on own lessons learned
Although James Alford '19 experienced financial instability growing up, he wasn't going to let that stop him from going to college.
"At a young age, I knew how real God was and that he had good plans for me. For so long, it was truly just he and I, so I took care of myself," Alford says. "I wanted to be successful for me, so I did well in school."
Alford applied for scholarships and completed Running Start in high school, giving him a two-year head-start at Whitworth, where he is an elementary education major. Between his major and his job with the YMCA, Alford has spent time with children every day for the past two years.
As Alford speaks into the lives of the children he works with, he has learned to let his Whitworth professors take an interest in his own growth and well-being.
"Though this a good problem to have, I was actually quite overwhelmed by the relational aspects of this education," Alford says. "Coming to Whitworth, I had professors who cared enough about my education to check in regularly. This made me accountable for more than just myself. Letting people help me has been hugely impactful."