Adele Benny '23
Minors: Sociology & Public Health
Involvement: Softball, Opening Days Leader, Chemawa Indian School Tutor, Intern at St. Joseph's Shelter in Mount Angel, which is a part of Catholic Community Services..
Why did you choose WU: The supportive community and the gorgeous campus!
Bistro Order: Iced Latte.
Fun Fact: I have a dog named Mojo.
Amanda Padgett '25
Majors: Public Policy, Law, & Ethics
Involvement: Debate, Opening Days Leader, Choice Action Team, Campus Recreation.
Why did you choose WU: Willamette reached out to me the most and made me feel supported.
Bistro order: A Hazelnut Oatmilk Latte.
Fun fact: I love to cook!
Amaya Latuszek '23
San Diego, CA
Involvement: News Editor for The Collegian and Co President of Voce.
Why did you choose WU: The inclusive and welcoming community.
Bistro order: Either a cinful mocha or a rose matcha latte!
Fun fact: I jumped in the Mill Stream after stepping on our school seal whille walking a group of students to a workshop.
Ben Royer '24
Major: Public Health
Minors: Public Policy, Law, & Ethics and History
Involvement: Opening Days Lead Team.
Why did you choose WU: I chose Willamette because I loved the community and I know that I would be in a place that I could grow as both a student and as a person.
Bistro order: Chocolate chip cookie and either a hot chocolate if it's cold, or an Italian soda if it's warm.
Fun fact: I have swallowed multiple cameras!
Casey Swinkels '23
Major: Spanish & Psychology
Involvement: President of Alpha Phi, Former RA.
Why did you choose WU: I chose Willamette because when I visited I could picture myself here for 4 years as a result of the beautiful campus and friendly students.
Fun fact: I've been to 25 countries.
Ella Stringer '25
Majors: Theatre and Women & Gender Studies;
Involvement: Service Leadership and Sustainability JumpStart Leader, Theatre Student Advisory Board Representative, Theatre Scholarship Recipient, Dramatic Vocal Arts.
Why did you choose WU: I chose Willamette because of the close-knit, incredible theatre program!
Bistro order: Hot peppermint tea with honey and a buzz bar!
Fun fact: I can read upside down very well.
Emily Huynh '25
Major: Civic Communication and Media
San Jose, CA
Involvement: Opening Days Leader, Choice Action Leadership, Rock Climbing.
Why did you choose WU: I loved the vibe of a tight-knit community and the beautiful campus.
Bistro Order: Hot chocolate and a greek yogurt.
Fun fact: I can juggle (three balls max).
Emma Bass-Kendall '24
Major: Environmental Science & Public Health
Lake Elsinore, CA
Involvement: Alpha Phi, Panhellenic Council, Former RA, Student Athletic Trainer, Nanny.
Why did you choose WU: I chose Willamette because of the supportive environment that is created by the students and professors on campus!
Bistro order: Iced Vanilla Matcha Latte.
Fun fact: Taylor Swift has been my number one artist on Spotify for four years in a row.
Grace Kline '24
Major: Global Cultural Studies
Minor: Art History
Involvement: Co-President of Fabric, Yarn, and Textiles Club, Dance Company, 24 Hour Theatre.
Why did you choose WU: I love the community feel of a small school and the fact that we have so many ways to get involved in different clubs and academic programs.
Bistro order: Buzz bar and any fruit iced tea.
Fun fact: I have visited 13 state capitals (and lived in 2)!
Irene Vera '23
Major: Psychology & Spanish
San Diego, CA
Involvement: Willamette Academy, Cheer Team, Family Building Blocks.
Why did you choose WU: I wanted to experience a new environment and gain anew perspective in life.
Bistro order: Iced chai latte with almond milk.
Fun fact: I rescued my dog from the Mexican border.
Involvement: Bistro Supervisor and Kitchen Intern, Opening Days Lead Team, Theatre Student Advisory Board.
Why did you choose WU: I chose Willamette for the students attending!
Bistro order: Quad shot oat strawberry mocha or a quad shot dirty chai.
Fun fact: I performed live on Japanese television.
Kali Woodward '23
Major: Public Health
Gig Harbor, WA
Involvement: Alpha Phi, Investment Club, Opening Days Leader, 3+2 MBA Program.
Why did you choose WU: I chose Willamette because of the strong sense of community and support that I felt when I first visited.
Bistro order: Iced almond milk latte, decaf!
Fun fact: I used to live abroad when I was younger.
Marykate DeLuca '23
Major: Politics, Policy, Law & Ethics and Spanish
San Diego, CA
Why did you choose WU: WU offered me the opportunity to continue my academic and athletic careers with a unique balance I didn't find other places.
Bistro order: Iced caramel latte (with oat milk).
Fun fact: I named my car Clifford, Clifford the Big Red Ford.
Natalie Klett '24
Major: Studio Art
Minors: Creative Writing and Psychology
Involvement: Mill Literary Club — Creative Writing, Service Project facilitator for Community Service Learning
Why did you choose WU: I chose WU because it felt like home.
Bistro order: Vanilla Oatmilk Latte with Raspberry Syrup
Fun fact: I can wiggle my eyebrows and I wrote my college essay about a clay chicken
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