Enterprising Students

Our students tailor their Willamette experience to pursue their own interests and goals, whether they are conducting research, launching a new organization or studying in other countries. No matter what your path, Willamette helps you develop the skills, creativity and global perspective you need for success.

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    Curious about the Natural World

    Hannah Vietmeier is turning her love for the outdoors into a career in conservation.

    "As someone who plans to major in biology and minor in English, I appreciate that Willamette encourages diverse academic interests. The more I learn about different fields, the more I learn about the ways they come together."

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    Fostering Hope

    A summer internship allowed Kimberly Hursh to explore a career path while helping the community.

    "My summer internship reaffirmed my belief that education and knowledge are the tools needed to break cycles of abuse and poverty. Because of this, I am more determined than ever that I want to be an educator. "

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    A Leader On and Off the Field

    Whether playing football or helping form a new club, Walter Robinson hones his leadership skills at Willamette.

    "My dad always told me, 'Work as hard in the classroom as you do on the field.' I've definitely done that at Willamette. My teachers have made me step outside my box and think critically, and I know that will help me in the future."

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    Ready for the Real World

    Bernie Bernstein’s research and internship projects showed him how to apply his academics to a career.

    "Willamette places a lot of emphasis on getting students out of the classroom and helping them find real-world experience. My research and internship opportunities helped me see connections between what I read about in class and what actually happens in life."

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    Primed for the Art World

    As a student, Alisa Alexander added curator to her résumé.

    "My experiences with art at Willamette were transformative. I have the foundation for an exciting career thanks to my professors who challenged and encouraged me. Willamette helps you rise to the top of whatever you want to do."

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    Med-School Bound

    Doug Rice dreams of using his leadership skills in the ER.

    "People come to college with lots of ideas about what they want to study - and they find new directions as well. Willamette encouraged me to explore a variety of paths and helped me chart a meaningful course for my future."

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    Devoted to Music

    Hannah Leland shows the next generation that Bartók is relevant.

    “My professors encourage me and advocate for me when I take on tough challenges because they want me to do my best. Someday I hope to inspire my own students in the same way.”

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    Investigating the Past

    Alicia Maggard searches historical archives for clues about people’s identities.

    "I have always enjoyed learning about history, but it wasn't until I came to Willamette that I learned to think critically about how historians use archives and primary sources to craft a particular narrative."

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    Questioning the Status Quo

    Michael Miller examines global challenges through an economic lens.

    "Many undergraduates don't experience the research opportunities and relationships I've had with my professors at Willamette. Outside of class, the interactions I've had with faculty have led to numerous intellectual conversations and project ideas.”

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    Exploring the Natural World

    Kaeli Swift turns bird watching into scientific discovery.

    "The liberal arts education at Willamette offers you a holistic experience. I am now a strong scientist, but I also am a better decision-maker, a better critical thinker and a better citizen."

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    A Business Man, Minus the Suit

    Biking is more than a pastime for Jan Taborsky — it’s a vocation.

    "Attending Willamette and getting the Kemper Scholarship were life-changing experiences for me. Both opportunities gave me direction and laid out a potential career path.”

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    Pushing the Boundaries of Research

    Jeff Weber holds his own among PhDs in the lab.

    "The most exciting aspect of my research at Willamette was its conception — from a wide range of interdisciplinary topics, I was able to choose and pursue my own interests in the laboratory.”

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    A Doctor in Training

    Chemistry and language classes — and a year in Africa — helped Emily Mitchell find a career in medicine.

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    Committed to a Global Education

    Arianna Alibabaie blends her interests in politics and global cultures as she learns both on campus and abroad.

    "Willamette professors facilitate the discussion and help you see the greater meaning of the topic, but at the same time, they listen to your ideas and feedback."

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    Passionate about the Environment

    Jonnie Dunne has taken his environmental studies in new directions during his time at Willamette.

    "Being at Willamette has taught me to examine everything critically, and I use this view as I study environmental issues. Taking classes in history, politics, chemistry, economics, biology and geology has allowed me to consider environmental problems from many different viewpoints."

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    A Future Teacher

    Rachael Peterson’s Willamette experiences have prepared her to lead elementary school students.

    "The combination of my Willamette degree with my personal growth — what I've learned about diversity, leadership and how to work with different types of people — are what make my Willamette experience valuable."

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    Learning Abroad

    Mika Lim explores global leadership as an intern in Cambodia and Vietnam.

    "My experiences through the Kemper Scholarship have given me a stronger experiential framework for understanding what I learn in the classroom."

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