What do you love about Willamette?
Thinking on how my time at Willamette has truly resonated through my life, I arrive at the word — love. I'm thankful that my time at Willamette has infused my life with love. The close friendships I made while at Willamette continue to be a source of love and support. Some of the intellectual and passion pursuits that began at Willamette continue to drive my love for life. The maturity, confidence, voice and perspective that I developed while at Willamette allowed me to set a course in life that has led to an abundance of love. Willamette is a place that gifted me people, knowledge, and values that continue to make life sweet.
Why do you volunteer for the Alumni Association?
I enjoy meeting others in DC who've had the Willamette experience — it's always a energetic point of connection. I generally like to meet new people, and learn new things. DC is great place for that. It's a way of continuing my connection with Willamette and I hope to be of help to other local alumni if the opportunity arises.
Why is volunteer support so vital to the Willamette experience?
While at Willamette, I didn't fully realize or participate in the call to action that is our university motto: Not unto ourselves alone are we born. Volunteer support is vital because it sets the example — that being a member of the Willamette family comes with an obligation to serve others. That may be strongly stated, but I can't think of a more important value to be cultivated in college and acted upon across a lifetime. I'm trying.