Meet the Class of 2016

Just four short years ago, the Class of 2016 began their journey at George Fox University. Today, they’re heading out into the world with diploma in hand, ready to make an impact in the boardroom, on the mission field or wherever else in life God calls them. Before they left campus, we asked some of our most outstanding graduating seniors to answer a few questions about their experiences at George Fox, how they’ve grown and what the next steps in their lives will be.

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Mikayla Greenwell

Name: Mikayla Greenwell
Hometown: Littleton, Colo.
Major: Biblical Studies & Social Work

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

My experience at George Fox has been an extremely rich time of growth for me. I remember walking into Brian Doak's Old Testament class, my first college course, and realizing that this was a place where I could ask and wrestle with hard questions. My professors have made a huge impact on my life, and I will always be so thankful for their willingness to teach and mentor me throughout my four years here.

I am also extremely thankful for the ministries I've gotten to be a part of through our spiritual life department and the incredible pastoral staff that have walked with me these past few years as amazing pastors, mentors and friends. Because I have had the opportunity to be a part of creating Embrace Ministries this last year and facilitating serve trips, I have learned that I am passionate about facilitating experiences where followers of Christ can reach out cross culturally and love their neighbors, and that God is calling me to ministry in some capacity, specifically through the lens of social work and peace and justice.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

A major turning point for me was my time studying abroad in Romania. I had the chance to work with Word Made Flesh in a community center that was created to empower children and families experiencing poverty. It was here that I most clearly saw the heart that God has for people and that we are called to love people, specifically the marginalized, in the name of Jesus. My time in Romania, and my time processing through my experience back at Fox, showed me how followers of Christ can be mobilized to love their neighbors, both locally and globally.

What’s next?

I am planning on returning to Romania for three years to work with Word Made Flesh as their short-term teams coordinator and social worker. I'm extremely excited for this next chapter in my life and where God is taking me.

Aliyah Jackson

Name: Aliyah Jackson
Hometown: Eugene, Ore.
Major: Music Education

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at George Fox began just as I always hoped it would, and I loved every minute of my freshman year. Living in a hall with instant friends and learning how to build lasting relationships was an experience I will always appreciate. The next few years were full of forming more relationships and academic rigor that was exactly what I wanted and needed in an education. Not only were my major classes challenging, but having the opportunity to take classes like philosophy, literature and psychology were key to broadening my worldview in order to apply them to my area of study. A few professors have stood out over the years as not only academic masters, but also as individuals. I strive to emulate them as my life takes off in a new direction.

The music professors at George Fox have given me a deep knowledge of not only the content I will be teaching to young people, but also the community it can foster. Specifically, Pat Vandehey and Dick Elliott pushed me to be the best person and musician I could be. They taught me that giving the gift of music encompasses so much more than simply drilling notes and rhythms. It is building a community where high-quality music making is the result of a group of people who strive for the same goals, teach each other, and learn about one another in the process. I was able to experience this in all of the performance ensembles and classes I took in the department, and it is something I will strive to facilitate in my own music program.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

There were many turning points in my college career, and I know I will have many more as I embark on my personal career. One instance in particular was during my sophomore year at Fox. There were so many opportunities to learn multiple disciplines in music, and I wanted to be good at all of them at once. I had to decide what I loved and wanted to focus on the most while keeping my sense of wonder about other areas I knew I could explore later. I know that I will always have more to learn, and I am thankful for having experiences that pushed me forward into learning more about my craft as a teacher and as a musician.

What's next?

After developing my skills as a band director through my many classes and student teaching, it is time to start applying for teaching positions. I hope to become a middle or high school band director at the beginning of the next school year. I know that although this is the end of my college career at George Fox, it is only the beginning of a career that will be full of learning and spreading the love of music to young people.

Dylan Gregg Yamamoto

Name: Dylan Gregg Yamamoto
Hometown: Kapolei, Hawaii
Major: Engineering (Civil)

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

My experience at George Fox has been incredible. I cannot imagine having a better college experience. I am graduating with a better understanding of the world, a deeper relationship with God, great friends, a mentor, a job and a fiancée. What else could I want? Seriously though, the thing that has made this time so great has been the community. As a part of residence life for three years I have gotten to meet many amazing people who have challenged and inspired me. The most influential of those people would be Matt Dyment. Matt has modeled to me what it means to be a servant leader and a man of God. Being on his staff has been an incredible experience that has added depth, joy and adventure to my life.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I cannot express all the ways that I have changed in my time at Fox. I have learned what it means to have a real relationship with Christ and to love others. This idea alone has changed everything about myself. The most influential aspects of this change came in the form of friendships that inspired me to be better person. Sophomore year I became friends with Aaron VanGorkom, Dannah Martin and Ruthanne Condie. Each of those friendships has shown me different aspects of Christ and shaped my goals in life. If I were to go back and meet freshman Dylan I do not think I would recognize him.

What's next?

Next I will be getting married to the woman of my dreams (Dannah Martin), traveling around Peru for about a month, and then working for Kiewit Infrastructure West. I have really enjoyed working in the construction field of engineering and hope that one day I can integrate my construction experience and service to the less fortunate. I am excited for all that the future holds and look forward to taking these next steps in life.

Malia Grace Rosenlund

Name: Malia Grace Rosenlund
Hometown: Ashland, Ore.
Major: Nursing & Spanish

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at George Fox has been both challenging and extremely rewarding. I have learned so much during my time in the nursing program, and I will always remember the wonderful professors in the nursing and Spanish departments who have taught me along the way. I developed some really wonderful relationships during my years at George Fox, and one of the people who had the biggest impact on my life was my roommate, Rachel Alston. She has been by my side since freshman year, when we first met as roommates on Macy 1, and I would not be where I am today without her love and support. Today we approach the end of our senior year, together still, as RA and RAR of Macy 1, the same dorm where we began this journey four years ago.

Another thing I will always remember is the opportunity I had to travel to Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria for Juniors Abroad. It was truly the experience of a lifetime, and I am so grateful that I had the chance to meet new people and experience different places in the world together.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

One of the ways in which I have grown during my time at George Fox has been learning to ask questions and challenge what is presented to me as truth. I remember being in my freshman Bible class and my professor encouraging me to ask challenging questions about deep issues that I had never fully contemplated before. This questioning and search for truth have helped grow and shape my faith throughout the rest of my years at Fox.

I have also grown immensely in my ability to care for others. Through my studies and my experiences in a variety of clinical settings, I have gained the knowledge and skills needed to provide excellent nursing care and have grown in compassion and empathy toward those in need.

What’s next?

After graduation, I will be marrying my best friend, Ethan Schlecht, and moving to our new home in Peoria, Ill., where I have been offered a nursing job on the cardiac step-down unit at UnityPoint Methodist Hospital. And hopefully we will get a big, furry Malamute dog. I am excited for what the future holds and thankful for how George Fox has helped prepare me for this adventure!

Will Cammack

Name: Will Cammack
Hometown: Newberg Ore.
Major: Engineering (Mechanical)

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

My experience at George Fox has been life-changing. I've spent time having loads of fun, taking fascinating classes, and developing warm friendships as well as being terrified and stretched. What I will remember most is going through hard things with other people and experiencing graciousness and love from others in the midst of those situations. The greatest things I have learned may continue to reveal themselves throughout my life, but one lesson that is visible now is that we have the potential to do more than we often think. Over the course of my time at Fox I have had to surpass the limits I set for myself, and it is both empowering and challenging to do so. I am also leaving having learned how important other people are and how difficult it can be to live with others.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox? 

There have been occasions where the work ahead of me seemed insurmountable. The first time I faced this feeling deeply was a turning point for me. After getting through it one step at a time and emerging on the other side I knew I could handle more than I gave myself credit for. School didn't get any easier after that, but I had learned how better to deal with it. While at Fox, I have been challenged to consider what the goal of my life is. I learned quickly that happiness is only temporary and joy is very difficult. Currently I think I am learning something about humility. Having spent most of my life striving to live up to expectations I am now being challenged to consider which expectations are important and what my life should truly reflect.

What's next?

The hardest thing about my last semester of college has been not knowing what the next step will be. The more I have worried about it, the more I have felt in turmoil. I considered grad school but recently decided I was not ready. I haven't found a job yet, either. Whatever I end up doing with my life, I hope it will lead me closer to the heart of Christ. I want to form my life around Him, rather than trying to fit spirituality into my normal life. I hope to learn more about being generous with my time and friendships. I hope to create space in my life for my neighbors. I hope to forever be in the lives of my family. I hope that God will continually soften my heart.

Brenna Brutscher

Name: Brenna Brutscher
Hometown: Salem, Ore.
Major: Art & Spanish

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

I would describe my experience at Fox as one of immense growth. The person I am today versus the person I was four years ago are markedly different. I consider myself a more open-minded, more compassionate and more passionate adult now than I was as a freshman. These changes can be attributed to the amount and variety of classes that I have taken from professors who are all so dedicated to what they do. To me this is also a wonderful benefit of a liberal arts university: I take classes that broaden my knowledge beyond my selected majors.

Regarding things I’ll remember most about my time at Fox, I tend to attribute most of my memories to people. At the end of the day, it all comes down to people. I have laughed, cried, rejoiced and learned with faculty like Mark Terry, Jeff Cameron, Jillian Sokso, Gary Buhler and Tim Timmerman. My freshman year on campus presented me an opportunity to have tea with Mark and Missy Terry once a week with a group of art students, and after four years of tea (that’s a LOT of tea) I consider them family. For the last two years, I was a somewhat devout Downton Abbey watcher with Cheri Hampton, who has also been there for me in my highest highs and lowest lows.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

A mentor of mine once told me that the challenges in life get bigger, but the joys also get bigger. I think that my time at Fox has shown me a good slice of what this means. There are certainly life events that have influenced my growth over the last couple of years, but I would also attribute the change to the daily rhythm of a college student. We spend our lives doing what we do every day. I have changed by waking up each morning and choosing to continue learning, being challenged, and moving forward. These changes take time and develop whether I am aware of them or not.

To me, living abroad in another culture sparks a significant change in a person (including myself). Studying abroad in Spain is one of those adventures that made me realize daily that what I consider “normal” is only one version of “normal.” It’s like I’ve seen the world for the first time when I understand that I work within a framework, and it’s only one framework.

In addition, the art program at Fox has taught me more about what it means to be a human. The range of human expression through visual matter is nothing short of breathtaking and has taught me new levels of what it means to truly feel and be present in life. I consider all of these extremely important changes that I’ve experienced at Fox.

What's next?

Ultimately, my time in Spain and with Youth With A Mission (previous to starting at Fox) have left me bit by the travel bug. I’d really like to experience a country for an entire year to say that I’ve seen it in all of its seasons. For some reason that idea captivates me, probably because it’s a long enough time to still feel like a foreigner, but not naïve.

In the meantime, though, my goals are to work somewhere within walking distance, and then spend my time reading all of the books that I have bypassed in the last four years for the sake of time. And of course I constantly contemplate how to convert parts of an apartment into a studio space where I can continue oil painting and developing an art practice.

Corbin Gronvold

Name: Corbin Gronvold
Hometown: Milwaukie, Ore.
Major: Biblical Studies

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at Fox has been wonderful and also fractured. I had the pleasure of studying under Brian Doak, where I learned about the depths of biblical studies and the disorientation that comes with breaking the naiveté we are all born into. From my praxis class I learned how to sit with others and consider their experience without judgment. Through my many relationships I have learned about the hard work of loving others, the bonds that form when confronting difficult academic and social issues, and the joy that exists when we are fully present with one another. Most importantly, I think, was the realization that life’s complexities are vast and that many times a question begs not an answer, but instead prompts us to journey toward truth together by asking more questions and admitting we don’t know.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

Two themes stand out for me on this front: silence and voice. Throughout my last couple of years I have had the pleasure of learning about the Quaker tradition and the role that silence plays in our lives with God and others. I have surely grown in my ability to use silence in order to discern further, provide space for others to process their experience, and as a response when words are not enough. Silence can also be used as a means to give others a place to speak, which has been incredibly important in my life of faith.

As a dialectical tension, I have also learned how to use my own voice throughout my time here at George Fox. By using silence and listening well I have begun to notice the ways in which my voice matters and is needed in lives of those around me. A turning point here would be my semester in Oxford, where I was continually challenged to think and work diligently in order to craft a well-thought-out opinion. In this respect, I have become more confident in my ability to use what I have learned, whether it be about the Bible or something else, in order to speak to and be with others. This tension between silence and using my voice is ongoing, and it reminds me that I am continually growing in my ability to be with others and live faithfully.

What’s next?

Life will be taking some exciting transitions! I am currently applying for various ministry positions in the area as I continue to discern where I would like to be long term. Graduate school is definitely in the future, though I am unsure which program I am going to pursue – something in the realm of ministry or counseling or social work. Whatever I discern, I hope to practice being present with others, listening more than I speak, and asking questions that lead me closer to truth.

Claire Seeger

Name: Claire Seeger
Hometown: Tillamook, Ore.
Major: Psychology

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

My experience at Fox has been both a blessing and a challenge, with every year presenting a different theme of growth. I honestly had a difficult time adjusting freshman year, and seriously considered transferring sophomore year. But I took a step back and looked at the people I had encountered and opportunities I had experienced and realized Fox was already changing me for the best and I wanted to see how I would continue to grow in the next years. I decided to make Fox my home, and that is what it has become.

I have come to value my time at Fox, and the past four years that have shaped me into who I am today. People I will never forget are my peer advisors who were the first people to show compassion toward me, the professors who helped me learn more about the world and myself, and the friends I made who provided me with support and many memories.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I am definitely not the same person I was freshman year. I have become more confident with who I am and what I am meant to do in life. The classes at Fox have challenged my thoughts, while providing a safe place for me to wrestle with difficult topics. I have become a more compassionate, empathetic and accepting person and feel very prepared for my future after Fox.

One turning point I experienced was in the middle of my sophomore year. While on the winter serve trip, I had the realization that I placed more trust within myself and barely any on God. This spiritual understanding terrified me because I always felt close to God, prayed often, and knew that he was watching over me. By realizing how much work and anxiety I put into my plans and schedules, I saw how I was focusing more on what I was doing with my life and not what God was doing. This wasn’t easy for me, but I knew I needed to change. It has been a journey, but I now stress less by giving my worries to God, and now fully rely on him to guide my future. It is more freeing knowing that I don’t have to make every decision in my life or have it all figured out on my own.

What’s next?

I will be working toward a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling beginning this fall at Gonzaga University. I plan to work within the trauma field helping individuals cope with the difficulties life brings. I want to support, empower and listen to people’s stories and walk with them as they journey through life.

Elizabeth Davis

Name: Elizabeth Davis
Hometown: Eugene, Ore.
Major: Social Work

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at Fox has been something I didn’t know I wanted, but have realized that I needed. I remember coming into Fox as a double major in social work and Spanish and thinking, “I’m going to be a social worker in South America because Spanish is the only second language I am familiar with and there’s probably a lot of orphans there.” But then I remember sitting in Chapters with Cliff Rosenbohm at 7 a.m. talking about studying abroad, and then confidently walking out choosing to drop a major and graduate in three years instead of four. Realizing that God is bigger than my own skills and worldview is something I have continuously developed here at Fox. Cliff is just one of my professors who has treated me with respect, empowered me, encouraged me, and been authentic with me. I remember going to Brian Doak’s office after I biffed an exam. I was so down on myself, but he gave me studying tips and showed me compassion and encouragement. My professors live what they teach. I am forever grateful for their advice, their availability to talk with me when I needed some extra support, and investing in me with time and encouragement.

I have found the support, encouragement and compassion I wanted in a community of peers and professors. But most importantly, I am challenged to critically think, self-reflect, and develop my own views that have deeply shaped my faith and perception of the world.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

When I was first deciding on going to Fox, I participated in Scholarship Competition. For some reason in one of the essay questions, I decided to answer honestly and mention how I did not initially think pursuing college for social work was necessary. However, as I finish up my last semester here, I have realized that people, world issues and understanding my Christian beliefs in the face of suffering is much more complicated and deep than I had given them credit. My professors and peers have helped me develop into what I never knew I desperately needed help becoming – a competent, God-honoring social worker in this mess of a world.

What's next? 

I am currently enrolled in George Fox’s Master of Social Work Advance Standing program for the fall. I chose the community practice track. I hope to enter social work administration and program development first domestically and then internationally. I see my future practice being along the lines of empowering and educating communities to better take care of their biological, orphaned and fostered children. However, I’m actually pretty open because I want God to be able to use my availability wherever he needs me.

While this summer is going to be filled with preparing for my last year of schooling (hopefully), I am so excited to be going on a serve trip through my university to Romania and Moldova for three weeks that is partnering with Word Made Flesh. Even if international social work may be a while down the road, hopefully this experience will hold me over until then.

Courtland Sherreitt

Name:  Courtland Sherreitt
Hometown: San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Major: Psychology & Cinema and Media Communication

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

I think a lot of people see the big banners everywhere that say “Be Known” and take them to mean that they'll be on a first-name basis with literally every member of the faculty and administration. Then when this doesn't happen they become frustrated and disillusioned and write angry anonymous posts online. But I'm so glad it doesn't mean that, first of all, because that would be exhausting, and second of all because that would remove all sense of urgency on my part. To me, “Be Known” means that I get to have a relationship with the people I choose to have a relationship with. I can text my advisor to set up a meeting or watch Survivor at my psychology professor's house, but I can also ignore my Lifelong Fitness instructor and pretend we never met. It's a choice – my choice – and it's why I'm still here.

After my freshman year I went to visit a friend at UCLA and was just awestruck by how big and beautiful everything was. They have a one-hundred-and-forty-thousand-square-foot library just for studying! When I sat down in that giant hall I knew that I wanted to go there. But, of course, everything has a cost. Sure, she gets a sprawling campus with a fantastic library (seriously, you should check out the Powell Library, it's amazing), but she doesn't get to know any of her professors. She can't sit in their living room and watch TV, or eat chocolate in their office while processing her grandfather's hospitalization, and that's something that has value for me.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I had a lot of anxiety around people when I first came to Fox. I actually hid under my bed before the Mystery Bus Tour because I was afraid my peer advisor was going to make me go. Flash forward 12 months and I was a peer advisor, sitting on a bus with 45 nervous freshmen, trying to assure them that it would be “so much fun” while silently willing myself not to curl up in the fetal position and bury myself beneath the seat. And while being a peer advisor definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me more able to interact with other people, it probably wasn't until my junior year that I really felt a shift.

That was the year I found myself in the cast of the University Players, a theatre troupe that tours the Pacific Northwest sharing stories from their own lives. As someone who didn't trust people and who refused to talk about my feelings, being thrust into a group which required me to implicitly trust eight strangers while sharing the most personal and hurtful details of my life was absolutely terrifying. But, in some strange way, it was also kind of exhilarating. Slowly over the course of that year I decided that people weren't that bad after all, and that sharing feelings was probably healthy (yeah, I was a psychology major who didn't like feelings, go figure). There's a story of mine that we used to tell in Players in which I wrote that, “I have a general feeling that everyone, in any given time or place, has an infinite number of things to do, any one of which is more important than talking to me.” The funny thing was that the more we told the story, the less true it became. The more I watched people find commonality and truth in the experiences that I shared, the more I realized that maybe I wasn't as unique as I thought. Maybe I wasn't the only scared and lonely soul, floating aimlessly through the universe. Maybe everyone else was right there alongside me. I guess that could sound pessimistic and depressing to some people, but to me it was hopeful.

What's next?

Well, that’s my least favorite question right now. My immediate goal is to trick someone into hiring me. I'm probably supposed to say something inspiring about “going to grad school” or “feeling so totally qualified for every job I apply for,” but, the truth is, while I probably have a solid 85 percent of the skills employers are formally looking for, I definitely don't have the three to five years professional experience that seemingly everyone wants. But (and employers, this is where I really want you to pay attention) I'll let you in on a little secret: You can pay me less. Seriously. I'll be psyched to have a paycheck; benefits will just be the icing on the cake.

Given the fact that I will be receiving two wildly different degrees, I have a lot of options. On the psychology side I would love to get into research. So if you know anybody at OHSU that's looking for an assistant, shoot me an email. On the film side I would like to get into visual effects work, particularly motion graphics and compositing using After Effects. Other than that I'd like to keep living in the Portland area and start working on my collection of shorthaired cats.

Austin O'Neal

Name: Austin O'Neal
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Major: Social Work

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at Fox has been life-changing, and that is the easy way to way it. It has done so much to me in positive ways – new friends, new experiences and a found relationship with Christ. I will remember and will miss the community here. Everyone knowing everyone, and everyone being so friendly. There really was no one who single-handedly made the biggest influence in my life. It has been the community as a whole that has made an influence. Through my four years, I have learned that the greatest treasure in someone's life is the people who live in it. My friends and family are my treasure; they have helped me become the man I am today.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

A LOT of people would say that I have matured the most out of anyone they have seen. Coming into Fox, I was the stereotypical loud, obnoxious, crazy freshman who did not know how to control himself. Personally, I did not know my self-identity, so I decided to have a little fun during freshman year. The turning point would be sophomore year, when I was an RA’s roommate on Sutton 3. I knew I had to help out my RA with dealing with crazy freshmen, so I had to tone it down a little. That was when I knew I had found my true self.

What’s next?

This is the question of the year: What’s next? I am looking into attending Lewis & Clark College's masters of school counseling program. If not that, then I will apply for George Fox’s school counseling program. However, the idea of taking a year off from school sounds appealing. I have not decided yet, but I will talk to my family about it. I hope to potentially start coaching football back at my old high school, David Douglas. No matter what happens, I’ve got options.

Taylor Ellis

Name: Taylor Ellis
Hometown: Days Creek, Ore.
Major: Organizational Communication

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

My time at Fox has been the most formative four years of my life. Most of my favorite memories come from my time in residence life. I met my best friends through my experience as an RA and became a part of a community that quickly became my family. Being on Elizabeth Anderson's staff and having her as a mentor has by far been the best experience of my college career. I have loved being a part of her team and the sense of community she cultivates by setting an example of what it means to love others well. Elizabeth has been the most influential person in my life during my time at Fox. She has been a shining example of what it looks like to follow God’s voice in all circumstances and in every area of life.

As I prepare to leave Fox, I am full of overwhelming gratitude for God’s unending faithfulness and the people who have invested in me along the way. These past four years have been some of the sweetest.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

If I were to list all of the things I have learned since coming to Fox it would take more than just a couple of paragraphs. I came to Fox as a timid and fearful freshman, counting down the days to graduation. Now, as that day is approaching I am fighting to savor every moment I have left here. My four years at Fox have been the most challenging and most rewarding years of my life. I have learned so much about who God is, who I am, what God is calling me to, and his extreme faithfulness.

Looking back to a turning point in my growth, I would say it was my residence life experience as a whole. It was when I became a part of a community that is focused on growing and developing individuals in their faith that I truly began to understand what the kingdom of God looks like. It is difficult to explain how incredible this community is. It’s something you just have to experience for yourself. In many ways, as I prepare for graduation, I feel like a different person and I could not be more thankful for the ways in which this community has shaped me.

What's next?

Next, I plan on going to graduate school to get a master’s degree in higher education. My dream job is working in residence life at a Christian university. I am excited about this next step, and I am looking forward to what God has in store

Will Lawrence

Name: Will Lawrence
Hometown: St. Helens, Ore.
Major: Athletic Training & Exercise Science

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at George Fox has been a huge blessing. I have experienced a lot of personal growth while at this university, and I have made relationships – with students and staff – that have been extremely beneficial and fulfilling. There have been so many people who have been there for me during my time here at Fox. Dana Bates and Dale Isaak have been instrumental in pointing me in the right direction for my future plans, along with being great role models. My track coaches, Randy Dalzell and John Smith, have been wonderful role models and examples in terms of being encouraging and motivating toward myself all of their athletes. And of course, Missy and Mark Terry have been incredibly supportive throughout everything I've done here at George Fox.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I would say that there has been a lot of maturing during my time here. While much of this may be due to the fact that I've been here for four years, I think that the school and the community have also had a lot to do with it. It's hard for me to pick out one specific event that changed me, but I can tell that I'm more accepting and willing to listen. I think that George Fox does a great job with bringing in a variety of speakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and that does a wonderful job of promoting an open-minded culture here on campus. In fact, people are so open-minded and accepting here that they actually cheered when I impersonated Drake during a lip sync contest. Anywhere else, I probably would've been booed off stage.

What's next?

Next year I'll actually be staying here in Newberg! I have been accepted into the George Fox Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and I’m hoping to make it through three more years of school and then embark on my adventures as a physical therapist.

Molly Hearn

Name: Molly Hearn
Hometown: Sammamish, Wash.
Major: Nursing

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

These last four years have been some of the hardest and most rewarding in my life. I have loved my time at George Fox, and I know that my time here has greatly impacted me. I have been pushed academically and encouraged to grow in all areas of my life. I have made lifelong, Christ-centered friendships. Some of the experiences that I will remember the most are when I traveled to India on Juniors Abroad and when I traveled to Nicaragua with the nursing program to help with health clinics and a water filtration project. Also, my time with residence life as a resident assistant and an assistant area coordinator will always stand out in my mind. I was able to get to know wonderful people and work alongside amazing leaders on campus. One person I will remember is Stephanie Fisher, who is one of my nursing professors and was the leader for the Nicaragua trip. I am really thankful for her support throughout my college journey, and she inspires me not only in nursing but also through her faith in God. I am also really thankful for Bree Stairs, who I was blessed to work for during my time with residence life. She has been a great friend, and I could not have made it to graduation without her support.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I have grown exponentially since I have come to George Fox; I have grown academically, emotionally and spiritually. One of the best things I have learned through my time at Fox is to worship Jesus in all that you do, whether that is school, work or relationships. Putting him first has brought me immense amounts of peace and strength. When I tried to survive nursing school on my own I was overwhelmed with anxiety, but putting him first gave me the joy and endurance to make it through to the end of senior year.

What’s next?

This summer I am marrying my best friend, Niko Freni, who I met at Fox my freshman year. We are going to be living in the Portland area for the next couple of years, and I am planning on applying to hospitals around that area. I am really excited to begin my nursing career! I feel like George Fox has equipped me with the tools and skills I needed to serve God by serving people through nursing. I am really thankful for my time here at Fox, but I am excited to see what the next chapter of life has in store.

Jay Cornwell

Name: Jay Cornwell
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
Major: Accounting

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

My time at George Fox has been absolutely incredible. Just like every season of life, there have certainly been some difficult and trying aspects to it, but when I look back at my four years in college, I cannot help but marvel at the Lord’s tremendous faithfulness and provision in bringing me here and growing me here. I feel like I have come into my own as a person and as a follower of Christ on this campus. I have been surrounded by incredible communities during this season, and have had the opportunity to make some unforgettable memories. From my Juniors Abroad trip in Ecuador, to competing in Mr. Bruin, to creating a performance for the Lip Sync, the experiences I have had at George Fox are stories I will always look back on with great fondness. More than the experiences, however, the relationships I have formed are what I will truly cherish from this place.

I truly feel like the Lord has sought me out and made himself known to me in the sweetest of ways during my four years at Fox. His fingerprints are all over my George Fox experience, but one way that they have been especially evident is in the communities he has provided for me. From the stellar friends I have made that have become family, to my area coordinators who have mentored and guided me with patience and love, to the three life-changing and unique residence life staffs I have been a part of, the communities I’ve engaged in at this university have been beautiful, physical manifestations of God’s grace to me. Whether it be my professors, supervisors or peers, I have felt consistently affirmed, encouraged, challenged and built up by the people here who have chased me down and helped convince me that the Lord is pleased with me and that I have something to offer, completely independent of performance. I am forever thankful for those people at George Fox who have walked alongside me and have shaped me into the person I am today.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

When I first arrived at George Fox, I had no idea how much this wonderful place was going to impact me and mold me. As an 18-year-old freshman, I came into school with a zest for life but a fear of depth, and a whole lot of self-doubt. Through floor Bible studies and opportunities to share my life story on my RA staff retreats, I learned how life-giving it can be to share the nitty-gritty of your experience with those you are walking closely with, even when parts of the story are quite ugly. More than that, I learned how absolutely transformative it can be to have those same people come alongside you and point out the ways that they see Christ working in the midst of and through that ugliness. As author Shauna Niequist puts it, “We sometimes choose the most locked up, dark versions of our story, but what a good friend does is turn on the lights, open the window, and remind us that there are a whole lot of ways to tell the same story.”

What’s next?

This summer, I plan to start studying for my CPA exam and working toward attaining that license. In September, I will set out in my career as a public accountant at AKT CPAs, a medium-sized public accounting firm in Lake Oswego, Ore. There I will enter into the profession of auditing, gaining experience and getting my feet wet in the field. If all goes according to plan, I hope to specialize in working with nonprofits. No matter what I gain expertise in, however, I am thankful to be at such a people-oriented firm, familiarizing myself with the industry at a company that emphasizes and prioritizes its employees and clients so well. Just as God has revealed himself to be faithful during my time here at Fox, I have no doubt that wherever I end up in my career, he will continue to be faithful, and his fingerprints will continue to be found all over my life.

Maria Green

Name: Maria Green
Hometown: West Linn, Ore.
Major: Art and Design (Studio Arts)

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

My experience at Fox has been undoubtedly the most influential experience I have ever had in my life. I remember the first day of school, nervously moving into the dorms and thinking how cool and friendly my RA was as well as the girls on my hall. I remember sitting in my first engineering class and thinking Neal Ninteman was one of the most enthusiastic humans I’ve ever met. Then, after switching into studio art and having 3-D design class with Tim Timmerman, questioning who was more. I remember every year looking up to all of the seniors for the ways they poured out into our school, and admiring many of the ones who passionately pursued their dreams.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

Now, four years later, I feel as if I should say I have come so far, but if I’m being honest, I actually haven’t moved at all! Currently I live in the exact same hall I lived in freshman year, Hobson 1. In fact, I have lived in this dorm complex all four years. However, for the past three years I have gotten the privilege of being the RA and the honor of contributing to incoming freshmen girls’ lives in the same way my RA influenced mine.

Even though physically I find myself exactly where I started here at Fox, I see how I have come full circle in the past four years, and having grown in incredible ways. Without question, it is clear to me that the growth I have taken on is a result of the amazing people and communities I have been involved in on campus. These are the people who have inspired me to go after my dreams and live out the things I feel God has put on my heart.

What's next?

Earlier this year I was accepted to serve as a missionary at a boarding school in Germany. One of the things I noticed during my undergrad years is that God often leads in ways that I could never expect. This desire to go live overseas for a year has come with many conversations, prayer, confirmation and joy. I see now how the Lord has prepared my heart little by little over time to now want so badly to go do this. Getting to join my love over there is an added bonus.

Josiah Thurston

Name: Josiah Thurston
Hometown: St. Helens, Ore.
Major: History & Spanish

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

There are a lot of things I’ve learned here at Fox. Both in and out of the classroom I've been stretched and molded into a better thinker and, I think, a better person. My professors especially have been a spectacular influence on me and my growth. Kerry Irish taught me that teaching is worship and service. Brian Doak taught me to bring a critical eye to everything and dive deep into the darkness and the doubt to emerge even stronger in my beliefs. Rhett Luedtke taught me the love of story. Bill Jolliff taught me that the truly brilliant are those who can laugh at themselves. I think most of the professors here come to work every day prepared to share a bit of themselves with their students above and beyond their knowledge of a certain subject.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

There have been plenty of times when I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of work and questioning my purpose here and my ability to succeed. Every time that has happened there has always been someone in my life who has stepped into the gap, really advocated for me, and given me the strength to get back up again. This is a community of people who want each other to succeed.

What’s next?

My dream job is teaching history at a small university where I can get to know most of my students. So the plan is to immediately go to graduate school and then pursue a doctorate. In the meantime, I’m getting married this summer and am thrilled to share this difficult and beautiful journey with the love of my life.

Rebekah Harding

Name: Rebekah Harding
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Major: Psychology & Social Work

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

The last four years at George Fox has been a time of discovery and discernment. George Fox has provided me with a place to learn, grow and discover vocation. The past four years are such a blur of papers, tests and projects, but also so full of memories of game nights, deep talks and fun adventures. George Fox gave me a passion for travel and exploration as well as fostering community. Some of the best memories came from serve trips, both local and international, in which we were able to invest in one another as we sought to engage in relationships and in service with other communities. I’ll never forget kissing a giraffe in Kenya, seeing the Taj Mahal in India, hugging kids from a slum, or painting the fingernails of little girls who had probably never seen nail polish before. Those experiences had a huge impact on my worldview.

Besides some incredible experiences and opportunities, one of the best aspects of George Fox has been the faculty and the ways they have championed me and my goals. My professors have been incredible in shaping not only my education, but also have helped me better understand myself and my passions. Working as an intern in SpIL I had the opportunity to be mentored by Rusty St. Cyr, participate in the SpIL community, and coordinate a relational program for students and residents at Friendsview. Rusty’s insight and encouragement were invaluable to me as I sought to both lead and serve in that role, and I am thankful for both his influence and the influence of other faculty throughout the last four years.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox? 

I have had so many opportunities for self-discovery while being at George Fox. The last four years have been a time to develop my strengths and welcome my weaknesses as opportunities for growth. Advanced Counseling with Kris Kays and Social Work Practice 1 with Erin Johnson were invaluable classes in not only developing my identity as a professional helper, but also increasing my understanding of who I am as a social worker, a leader and a Christian.

I have also seen my faith both waver and flourish, and I am thankful that George Fox provided me with a safe place and supportive people to walk through those experiences. I am leaving Fox with a deeper and more resilient faith and commitment to living my life as a ministry of his love and grace.

What’s next?

I plan on taking a gap year or two before heading to grad school and have accepted a job as a family stabilization specialist at Lutheran Community Services NW, a nonprofit that serves populations in Yamhill County. I have been interning there for the past few months and feel incredibly blessed to have been offered a position. As a family stabilization specialist I will be offering intensive, in-home services to families in crisis. The job focuses on mental health as well as social services, which makes it a great fit for my educational experience in psychology and social work. In a year or two I would like to continue my education by pursuing a Master in Social Work and then eventually becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker so that I can provide therapy for survivors of trauma and abuse.

Yueyang

Name: Yueyang "Christine" Wang
Hometown: Dalian, China / Beaverton, Ore.
Major: Accounting & Finance

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

I would describe my experience at George Fox as nourishing. George Fox has nourished me in my professionalism. With the help of my professors, classmates and the IDEA Center, I have developed skills such as time management, multitasking, research, critical thinking, networking, etc. I am excited to see how I can refine these skills, develop new skills, and use my gifts to fulfill God’s calling. George Fox has also nourished me in my spirituality. I’ve had many good conversations with my professors and friends. They've provided me with so much spiritual support. These relationships/friendships/mentorships are very precious to me. These people have made a great impact on my life, and they are definitely a big part of my beautiful memories at Fox.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I don’t necessary recall a turning point. I feel like it is the little moments at Fox that have shaped me and nourished me. I have grown more confident and more adventurous. My professors always encouraged me to take challenging courses or projects. I felt a little nervous at first. After a prayer, I tried my best and discovered my potential. I have also grown closer to God. I met a lot of Christian role models at Fox. I admire how they have lived out their faith, and I am inspired to be more like them, and (of course, the ultimate goal for us) to be more like Jesus.

What’s next?

After graduation, I will spend some time in Oregon to enjoy the sun as much as I can. Then I will go to China and Canada to visit my family and friends there. I will also study for the CPA exams. In January 2017, I will start working as an audit associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. I look forward to developing my career in accounting/finance and networking with professionals. I am excited to see where God will lead me. I will also keep in touch with all of my awesome friends and professors at Fox!

Joshua Gieger

Name: Joshua Gieger
Hometown: Canby, Ore.
Major: Psychology

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at Fox has been a rewarding one. I have spent the last few years growing in ways that I did not believe were possible. I largely have my professors to thank for that. Each of them have poured their wisdom into me and shaped who I am and who I am becoming. I would like to mention the psychology professors. Each of them has taught more than lectures. I have had conversations with and been encouraged by each one of these faculty members. It has been an incredible journey learning about people, their thought processes, development and coming alongside people who are hurting. I could not have asked for better professors to learn all of that from. I would also like to give a special mention to Mark Wienart. Mark has been extremely influential on my worldview and how I understand history. I have very much enjoyed taking each of his classes. Each of my classes has taught me something, but really I am walking away with a changed worldview. I am walking away with a desire to change the world for the better. My education has given me some tools to do that. I have learned how to integrate my faith with psychology to help people in some ways, both professionally and in my personal life.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I am not the same person I was when I started at George Fox. With each class I have changed a little and incorporated new knowledge into my understanding. I have also had many experiences that have changed me, particularly working at my internship at Juliette’s House. This experience allowed me to take theory and apply it. What is more, I learned what it meant to be responsible to other people and sit with them during times of hurt. It was frightening at first, working with clients, but with it came a sense of purpose. That sense of purpose has transformed me and gives all of my education meaning. I now walk knowing my purpose is to help people wherever I can and to show them compassion. Learning how to show this compassion and love to connect appropriately with others has been essential to my education.

Through my education and experiences at Fox (both positive and negative), I have realized the importance of recognizing pain that exists in our world. There are people all around us who have been physically, emotionally, sexually, socially and spiritually wounded. I believe it is my calling to acknowledge those situations and walk with people experiencing them.

What's next?

George Fox has been rewarding, and I am thankful for my education. However, it has cost me a lot of time and energy (lots of energy). I am going to take a break from academia and work for a while. This will give me some time to reflect on my experience here and apply what I have learned further. For the last year I have been working at Juliette’s House, and I may have the opportunity to continue working there full time. I may also have an opportunity to work for a program over the summer that helps children and adolescents develop their reading skills. In either case, I am hopeful about the opportunities to help others make positive changes in their own lives.

Eventually I will return to continue my education. I want to get my doctorate in psychology. It is my hope that one day I will complete the foundation that has been set with my undergrad degree. I want to work in marriage and family therapy and help couples improve their relationships and love one another. I believe this is the calling God has placed on my life and I am excited to pursue it, but in due time. In the meantime, I am going to practice what I have learned at Fox.

Sezon Whitmire

Name: Sezon Whitmire
Hometown: Tualatin, Ore.
Major: Accounting

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

Attending George Fox has been an absolute blessing in every way. Being a nontraditional student, I was a little bit nervous about switching from a community college to a more traditional program. From the first day, though, I knew that I made the right choice to come here. Each person that I have had the privilege to build a relationship with – from my peers to my professors – made Fox a special place.

Throughout my time at George Fox, every one of my professors has made my educational experience a great one. There are a few professors, though, that deserve special mention – Josh Sauerwein, Seth Sikkema and Dirk Barram are three professors who have impacted me in a great way over the past two years. They each have different teaching styles, different backgrounds and different personalities; but one thing they all have in common is their genuine concern for the success of their students (both in school and in life). While I have learned a lot from them educationally, I believe that, just as valuable, I have learned from them the power of influence that our lives have on others. Their humility in the way that they share their lives with each one of us students and the way that they each incorporate their faith into their work – as an inseparable component – are admirable to me, and I can only hope to be able to follow their examples as I move forward into my career.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

Over the last two years, I have learned and grown more than I would have ever thought possible in such a short period of time. Yes, there was academic learning and growth; but just as important, there was life learning and growth. When I transferred into George Fox, my primary goal was to push through the next two years, graduate and hopefully find a job. It didn’t take long, though, before I figured out that George Fox wasn’t there to provide the experience for one to just “push through.” Instead, it provided professors who truly cared about me as a person, not just as a student. It provided professors willing to go out of their way to inspire me, challenge me and push me to be better – both academically and personally. With their help, I believe that my time at George Fox has helped me to grow as a person – in my faith, in my humility and in my confidence. I know there are still many more areas of my character that need continued growth, but because of the foundation George Fox has helped me to lay in my life, I believe I will be able to continuously grow with each experience that I encounter.

What’s next?

After graduation, my first five months will be dedicated to studying for the CPA exams. In September, I feel blessed to be able to say that I will begin working for AKT, a regional accounting, wealth and consulting firm. I will be working in the Lake Oswego office and have the opportunity to try both tax and audit work before deciding which field is best for me. If I tried, I don’t think I could have ever imagined a better career opportunity, and I am very excited for the journey to come. A special thanks to Josh Sauerwein for all of his help during recruiting; without his help and guidance, I don’t know any of this would have been possible!

Kelsey Vaughn

Name: Kelsey Vaughn
Hometown: Lake Oswego, Ore.
Major: Organizational Communication

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at George Fox was one of immense growth. I learned a lot in my chosen field of study, but just as importantly, I learned so much about myself in all of my classes. Many of my professors (particular shout-outs to Kevin Jones, Terry Steele, Sarita Gallagher, Steve Classen, Kathy Heininge, Abigail Favale and Melanie Springer Mock) challenged me to think about issues in unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable ways, which shaped my critical thinking abilities and gave me a greater tolerance for other points of view. That tolerance also came from my interactions with my peers on campus. I originally thought that most people I encountered would think in more or less the same way as me, but whether in classrooms, residence halls or the cafeteria, I've constantly found – and befriended – individuals who have expanded my view of the world. More than anything, what I will remember about Fox is how kind and caring everyone is. I don’t know if I will ever again be in a place where I can thoroughly depend on my peers and professors to value and respect me no matter what.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox? 

Looking back on who I was when I arrived here as a freshman, I barely recognize myself! I arrived here with a lot of presuppositions, and honestly, a lot of ignorance. My faith has changed drastically since I came here, as has my worldview. I value relationships more than I used to, mostly because I have developed such deep and fulfilling friendships. In terms of my intellectual growth, I think one of the most important things I have gained is the ability to hear an idea, recognize and respect the perspective that it comes from, and yet have the integrity of mind to reject the idea based on my own perspective. I think that’s a skill that will serve me for the rest of my life.

What’s next?

My future is mostly undefined at this point. I’m hoping to get a job in nonprofit marketing or development, preferably with an organization that I care about and that is doing good work in the world. I’ve fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest, so I’d love to stay in this area, but I also love to travel, so it’s entirely possible that I’ll go on an adventure somewhere else! Grad school might also be a possibility further down the road. Regardless of whether that happens, though, I’m determined to be a lifelong learner, always reading and thinking and growing.

Jonathan Maldonado

Name: Jonathan Maldonado
Hometown: Tigard, Ore.
Major: Nursing

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

I would describe my experience at George Fox University as being very eventful and enriching. While at Fox I’ve been able to be involved in a multitude of extracurricular opportunities that are offered or facilitated by the school, including student government, alumni relations, Little Bruins (big brother program), Urban Services, James Project, Nursing Club and the Community Accountability Board. These activities allowed me to meet more people than I ever expected to meet in college, and by being a part of them I was able to make lifelong friends and grow as a person.

The thing I will remember the most is how much I wanted to become an accountant and how there was no one who could change my mind. It wasn’t until I took a required biology class that I realized that I was going into the wrong profession. My biology professor, Jim Smart, made biology come alive with his enthusiasm for teaching the subject, that by the end of that semester I no longer wanted to pursue accounting or a business degree. It was then that Jim and I started talking and a career as a nurse came up. That is when I started taking prerequisites for the nursing program at Fox, and I was accepted into the program in 2013. I will never forget this experience as a student because it taught me that we need to be open to change because our plans are not always God’s plans for us.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

Attending George Fox has allowed me to grow intellectually, socially and spiritually as a person. Being around hundreds of people every day with different views and backgrounds has made me more socially aware and respectful about others’ differences. The professors here have also challenged and stretched me intellectually and spiritually in ways that will benefit me for the rest of my life. Overall, the person I have become over my course as a student at George Fox University is due to all the unique people I’ve come in contact with on campus.

What's next?

My next step after graduation is passing the NCLEX in order to become a registered nurse, so that I can pursue a career as a registered nurse in the Portland metro area. I’m still not sure what type of nursing I want to do, so I hope to figure that out in the coming months as I spend time applying for jobs. Lastly, I will be getting married to my wonderful fiancée this summer and starting a new phase of my life with her in August of 2016.

Emilee Kamps

Name: Emilee Kamps
Hometown: Bellingham, Wash.
Major: Organizational Communication

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My time at Fox has been pivotal. I have grown and been shaped in more ways I ever thought possible. Being known and valued as an individual taught me how to treat others, and has shown me how important people are. I will remember all of the relationships I’ve made and how many friends I’ve been able to grow up with here. The faculty, administration, classmates and even community members here in Newberg have instilled confidence in me and blessed me with a network of people I know I can always return to that feels like home.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

My dream since middle school was to be a dentist. After my first year of being involved with ASC, and finding community in my dorm, I realized I love relationships. I took a huge leap of faith switching from biology to organizational communication, not knowing which career path I would take, but confident that the Lord designed me to do something relational. This changed the way I approached people and the way I lived my life. I’m excited to move forward in a career that gives me opportunity to make relationships and create community for other people.

What's next? 

This summer I will be working at Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch in their office, then moving to Lake City, Mich., in the fall to continue working with Young Life at Timber Wolf Lake. I will be spending a year being introduced to full-time camping ministry. After that year I hope to start working in camping administration, or wherever the Lord may lead me.

Joshua Scarth

Name: Joshua Scarth
Hometown: Arlington, Wash.

Major: Engineering (Mechanical)

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at Fox has been full of friendships, athletics and time growing through my engineering courses. One thing that surprised me at Fox was the varied backgrounds of people I have met. All the friendships I have developed through sports, engineering courses and activities on campus have made a big impact on my life. Traveling to India with close friends and new friends was an unforgettable experience. The mechanical engineering course load was tough, but taught me time management when balancing ASC, soccer, engineering and relationships with friends. All the professors were friendly and always willing to talk about life, career goals or even sports.

The family bond of the soccer team was a great experience. Traveling to games, daily practice and classes brought many of the players together. Being able to play the game I love while studying engineering was an experience I won't forget. I learned a lot about myself and who I want to surround myself with in life through my interactions in sports and academics.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

George Fox has been a major growing experience for me. When arriving at a small Christian school I originally thought that I would not be stretched. However, through courses, sports and friendships I’ve learned a great deal about myself and the world around me. Different people's viewpoints made me rethink my longstanding beliefs and dive deeper into why I believe the things I do. As I was homeschooled until high school, I have always been a bit quieter and not as confident. However, I have gained a lot of confidence through extracurricular activities, my classes and interactions with others. I feel confident in the education and experiences gained through school to prepare me for life after graduation.

What’s next?

After graduating from George Fox, I will be taking a month-long trip with a good friend, Zandin Burke, to Europe before starting a career in mechanical engineering. I am currently considering a few opportunities for jobs after school and will be making a decision in the next couple of weeks. I am praying that God will lead me down the path he has set out for me and make it apparent what company is the right one for me to work for. I may be staying in the local area or taking a job across the nation obtaining a wide variety of experiences.

Johnathan Shaffer

Name: Johnathan Shaffer
Hometown: Aloha, Ore.
Major: Marketing

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

George Fox has been nothing but good to me. The students and professors here show so much care for others and make it very easy to be a student here. There are many professors here that have made a huge impact on my life, so it’d be difficult to choose just one. They all have spared time and knowledge whenever it was asked for in one-on-one times. This just shows how great it is to attend school here.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I’ve grown here just by being in this atmosphere. I’ve learned from everyone I came in contact with. The support of the school and students through all events here show how strong this community is.

What's next?

After I graduate I would love to fully pursue the many business ventures that I have in mind. I can see myself starting my own business coming out of college and using the skills I have learned here to be successful.

Shealtiel Hart

Name: Shealtiel Hart
Hometown: Circle, Mont.
Major: Elementary Education

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at George Fox has been more fantastic than I had ever dreamed! I imagined attending school here someday when I was little and visiting the campus for Northwest Yearly Meeting. I knew then that this place had something special about it, and I’m blessed to have been able to experience it the last four years! One of the most amazing experiences I've had here was actually off campus when I student taught last fall in the Philippines. However, I really missed being on campus and surrounded by the amazing professors, staff members and students that make up this incredible university. From being one of Keri Potter's residents, to being employed at the library by Patty Vanier, to Mark Hall's peer advisorship, to playing for Natalie Harrington and Brittany Hartman on the inaugural lacrosse team, to being a part of Sarah Taylor's staff, to traveling to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with Mike Magill and Paul Chamberlain, I have enjoyed so many experiences. I have not only learned more about myself and my calling, but the world and the special people in it.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

While I think I am still as adventurous and excited about life as I was when I began freshman year, my excitement is a little more focused. And I've probably calmed down and matured a bit. I learned a lot about working with people from the different groups I was a part of (residence life, peer advisor, lacrosse, el ed cohort) but I also became more aware of others' struggles. It's easy to become self-centered when you're stressed about finances and classes and life. But when someone takes a genuine interest in your burdens, you can't help but reciprocate and reach out to others.

One of the biggest turning points in my life was the second semester of freshman year. I had applied to work at several different summer camps, be an RA, and be a PA. I was rejected for every position that I had applied for. This was especially earth-shattering because I had just come from a small town where I was used to being asked to be a part of groups because there are only so many people (about 617 in town, to be exact!). Initially, I was pretty upset and confused. I had no idea what I should be involved in the next year. I considered two options: applying for anything and everything until something eventually worked out, or giving my future to God and stop fighting for my own way. I chose the latter option, and God opened two doors back up that I chose to walk through. It was a humbling lesson, but one that I needed to learn.

What’s next?

After graduation I plan to apply for my teaching license and possibly gain some experience subbing during May, then start teaching in an elementary school in the fall. I hope to find a job back home in Montana, but am open to staying in the beautiful state of Oregon as well. After teaching for a few years, I plan to get my master's degree and learn how I can become a better teacher. I want to maintain the mentality of a student my whole life and strive to learn from others, my future students included! I want to continue to have as many adventures as possible and get to know as many fellow human beings as possible.

Kyle Webster

Name: Kyle Webster
Hometown: Canyon Country, Calif.
Major: Psychology and Christian Ministries

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

It is hard to find the words that adequately describe my experience at Fox. I could spend hours speaking to the beauty and blessing of this university. In my four years at Fox, I have been most impacted by the overwhelming amount of support given to me by faculty and staff. The professors on this campus have a deep desire to serve their students both academically and spiritually. I especially cannot thank Kris Kays and Sue O'Donnell enough. Since my freshman year, they have encouraged me to be the best that I could be.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

Over the past four years, my faith has been incredibly strengthened. Before attending Fox, I had such a limited view of Christ and his kingdom. My time here at Fox has challenged me to seek God through the beauty of His creation. This was distinctly brought to my attention during my sophomore year in Kris Kays’ counseling class. We have the duty to speak life into others and praise the beautiful intricacies God has blessed each of us with. There is incredible joy when we experience the diversity of the body of Christ, as we are able to witness the “hand-craftedness” of God's creation. I am thankful for this lesson, as it has pushed me to serve others with a passion I have never known before.

What's next?

Next semester, I will be attending George Fox University's PsyD program. Since I was in eighth grade, I have been pursuing a career in clinical psychology. It has been a humbling experience to witness God's provision throughout the past several years in regards to this calling. I am beyond excited for graduate school and my future career in counseling. After earning my doctorate in clinical psychology, I hope to serve at-risk youth in a private practice setting. Nine years at Fox never sounded so good!

Peter Jovanovich

Name: Peter Jovanovich
Hometown: Seattle
Major: Civil Engineering

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

I have loved my experience at George Fox. The engineering program is challenging, fun and gives the students real experience through the course work and projects. I feel like I am leaving this place with a solid groundwork for my future as well as key tools to succeed in industry. Hands down, Professor Dave Pollock made the biggest impact on my time here at Fox. He consistently teaches the course material in an easy to understand way, is always available for extra help (both class and job search related), and genuinely cares whether the students in his class learn. I feel incredibly blessed to have had the privilege of having him as a professor.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

Prior to starting my education at George Fox I was not a very serious student, but throughout my time at Fox I have continued to be challenged by the engineering program, my professors, as well as myself. I became a serious student and was able to focus on my goals and push myself to do the quality work that I knew I was capable of.

What’s next?

I have accepted a position with RH2 Engineering as a civil staff engineer and will be starting a full-time job at their Tacoma, Wash., office this May. My wife and I plan to move up to the area after graduation (and a short road trip) and look forward to living closer to our families. I am excited to begin my career as a civil engineer and hope to continue to advance my professional skills and become a certified professional engineer after gaining the four years of required experience.

Lexie Began

Name: Lexie Began
Hometown: Tualatin, Ore.
Major: Cinema and Media Communication (Animation)

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at George Fox can only be described as transforming. Throughout my time at Fox, I have learned how important it is to have a community to lift you up and push you to do your best. I have had the opportunity to become part of such an enthusiastic and dedicated community in the form of our cinema and media communications department. I would have never grown into the animator that I am today without my community, both professors and fellow students, who challenged me to take risks and showed me how to be confident in my abilities.

Many of the things I’ll remember most happened within that community. Oftentimes, we would be on set in the dead of night working hard to get the perfect shot, even if it meant getting little sleep (or none at all). I had the opportunity to build a spaceship; I didn’t think I would ever say that in college! This semester I have had the opportunity to work with some fantastic people on an animation project, and it has been such an amazing experience. One of the best experiences was having the opportunity to screen films at the Cameo Theatre for the Fox Film Festival. It is so satisfying to see people enjoying a film that you’ve worked on and poured your heart into!

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

Before coming to Fox, I was extremely shy. I let fear and anxiety control my life. During my time at Fox, I was surrounded by people who lifted me up and made me a better person. They have shown me how to have courage, confidence and also just how to have fun! In addition to that, each year it seemed like God was teaching me something new. Freshman year it was to take time to slow down and live in the moment. Sophomore year the lesson was to have fun despite the stresses of college. Junior year I learned how to have patience in trying circumstances. This year has definitely been a lesson in how to see things from different points of view. Looking back to my freshman year, I can see how much I have grown, and my experience at Fox was a huge part of that.

What's next?

After graduation, I am hoping to find an animation job, preferably in the Portland area. I am hoping to get into something involving 3D animation or motion graphics. Between junior and senior year, I had the opportunity to do an internship at SuperGenius, a video game animation studio in Oregon City. That experience pushed me a lot as an animator, and it would be great if I could continue working with them. There are a lot of unknowns ahead, but I am excited to see what God has planned for my life and how he will use my gifts for his good.

Spencer Fuller

Name: Spencer Fuller
Hometown: Grants Pass, Ore.
Major: Art and Design (Graphic Design)

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

My experience at Fox has been all about the people I’ve gotten to know – fellow students, professors, professionals from my industry. They’re what stand out most to me. I have remained great friends with many of the guys from my freshman floor and hope to continue those relationships. Some of those friends have become some of the best I’ve ever made and are a huge part of my time at Fox, and hopefully my time after Fox as well. The professors do what they do because they care, and want their students to succeed. I had never been surrounded, or in such close proximity with, so many rad people.

I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who had a huge impact on who I am, both as a designer and as a person. In my major I worked with the coolest students, peers and friends who inspired me to push myself further, but who were also uplifting. Without that I may not have been set on the path to reach my full potential. I poured into others’ lives and work as they poured into mine. I also met many ridiculously inspiring industry professionals who had great insight to my progress and knew the elusive final steps I needed to take to be really successful. Everyone also helped me feel really successful, which might be more important.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox? 

I think the most noticeable way I’ve grown at Fox, at least for me, has been in confidence, but also in the way I work with people. I was able to learn so much about who I am and what my role can be. It turns out people think I’m a lot cooler than I do. I was given leadership opportunities in student life and in the art department as well, which helped me understand that I could lead – and that it isn’t near as terrifying as I thought. Through these opportunities I gained a lot of insight about myself and just people in general, which I'll use later on for sure.

What's next? 

I am currently working on finishing up my portfolio, but I hope to get a job as a designer in the Portland area, whether that ends up being Nike, Wieden & Kennedy or maybe a smaller firm I don't know, but that’d be cool. After a few years of working in the industry, I'll decide whether I want to go to graduate school or not. I also really want to get a dog.

Denny Muia

Name: Denny Muia
Hometown: Mount Vernon, Wash.
Major: Journalism

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

I can’t believe my time at George Fox is over. I know how cliché it sounds, but the last four years have really flown by. I’ve met some fantastic people, I’ve written about 700 pages of essays, and I’ve even survived a college-level math class. There are two things about Fox that I’ve really come to appreciate. First, the faculty here is wonderful. I know how hard the marketing department pushes the “Be Known” promise, but it’s really true. I’m going to miss my classmates, but I’m also going to miss interacting with my professors. Thankfully, I have them on Facebook.

The other thing about my experience at Fox is the community. I’ve made some really quality relationships here, and I’m incredibly sad that we’re now spreading out across the country, seeking what’s next.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I’m one of the only people I know that never gained the “freshman 15.” I think it’s safe to say, though, that I’ve changed in a number of other significant ways. Through studying philosophy with Corwynn Beals, Mark McLeod-Harrison and Phil Smith, I’ve come to see the world in a completely different light. Studying analytic philosophy, specifically, has deepened my faith in ways that I would never have thought possible.

Through many arguments in a myriad of courses, I’ve also come to appreciate the viewpoints of “the other.” It’s become pretty clear to me that, as it says in Proverbs, “To answer before listening – that is folly and shame.” And also, that having a healthy dose of humility goes a long way.

What’s next?

I hope to work in the radio industry. I love a good story, and a reporting job will let me interact with a host of new and interesting people. I’m currently applying to jobs through NPR, as well as some local affiliates. While I enjoy writing, the multi-media aspect of radio production has a lot of appeal for me.

I plan on spending 10 to 15 years in the industry, then turning to a nonprofit. Christian nonprofits (generally) struggle with quality content production. I want to develop useful skills in NPR, then apply those skills toward a charity organization.

Kaylee Borms

Name: Kaylee Borms
Hometown: Redmond, Wash.
Major:Accounting

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at Fox has been absolutely amazing! The community at this school is beyond anything that I have experienced before. Between my professors, friends and roommates, this place became my home away from home. Specifically, the accounting professors, Josh and Seth, have had a profound impact on my college experience. They furthered my ability to holistically learn and grow as an individual and were remarkable mentors to me. I was also amazed at the number of opportunities to build relationships with other students and to further your career through internships and networking opportunities.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox? 

I have grown in numerous ways since coming to Fox. One of the biggest areas of growth for me was self-confidence. The professors have a great balance between pushing you to be the best that you can be and being uplifting and encouraging. I have also grown exponentially in the spiritual aspect of my life. Fox has created a great atmosphere for spiritual growth by providing opportunities for deep conversation and fellowship with other believers. I have learned to take ownership of my faith and relationship with God, and this is something that I will take with me as I continue my journey.

What’s next?

I will begin my career at Perkins & Co., a public accounting firm in downtown Portland, in January. I will be working as a tax return preparer and am eager to explore the exciting and challenging realm of public accounting. I will additionally begin the process of attaining my CPA certification soon after graduation. I am so thankful for this opportunity that would not have been possible without the support of the Fox community and the networking events on campus.

Bryan Neufeld

Name: Bryan Neufeld
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
Major: Engineering (Computer)

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

Choosing to attend George Fox University is the best decision I have ever made. I have received a high-quality education and feel that I am prepared for life after graduation. I have especially appreciated the Christian foundation of the college because it has helped me mature in my faith. I have made many friends here and truly enjoy my interactions with professors. Had I not come to George Fox, I may have never discovered my true passion for computer firmware and embedded system design. I also may have never met my fiancée! I feel my education here, both social and academic, has formed me into a better person.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

The biggest change that I underwent since coming to George Fox was the changing of my major. I came into college certain that I wanted to be a mechanical engineer. Thankfully, the amazing engineering program here introduced me to a wide variety of engineering disciplines. I discovered that I was more contented when working on projects typically relating to computer engineering and not the projects relating to mechanical engineering. I decided to change my major accordingly and have been have been very happy with the decision.

What's next?

I plan to find employment relating to embedded system design. I enjoy low-level programming and using microprocessors. Ideally I will be working in a field that involves robotics, but I find most every embedded system interesting. I look forward to being married to my fiancée, Keiko Fujii, and growing together in our faith as we embrace life outside of academia.

Beatriz Guerrero

Name: Beatriz Guerrero
Hometown: Woodburn, Ore.
Major: Spanish

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at Fox has been just amazing. I remember coming to Fox four years ago and making new friends that now I’m graduating with. I was very proud to attend a university that has the most wonderful professors and mentors. They have earned a place in my heart. I remember my first year at Fox like it was yesterday. I wanted to “be known,” and that is something that surely happened. I enjoyed making a connection with professors and creating relationships that helped me throughout my education during my four years here. I want to thank each one of those people that took their time to be part of my life. I want to thank those people who were there for me no matter what circumstances stood on my way. Professors’ understanding and kindness are one of the many things I will remember the most. Being at Fox has helped me be a better person because the journey hasn’t been easy, but God has never let me by myself. I enjoyed working in the Spanish department and helping others learn a language I feel very proud of. I am going to miss everyone there because it felt like a home to me.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

Before coming to George Fox people used to ask me if I was sure I wanted to attend a Christian university since I wasn’t a Christian. This was never a problem for me, and attending George Fox has definitely changed my relationship with God by making it stronger and by feeling closer to him every day. Going to college has been an amazing opportunity, and even though I found people not willing to help me throughout my four years at Fox, I still thank God and those that did. For those that didn’t want to help me for any reason, I forgive them and wish them the best in life! God has been great to me; he has never forgotten me even in the most difficult times, and that’s what I’m more grateful for. George Fox has made me value my heritage even more because I love being different and because I value diversity.

What's next?

What’s next? It is the question of the year. I am planning to keep on studying. I want to go to grad school and have a job, too. I would like to go and visit my family in Mexico and meet my nephews and my niece. School isn’t going anywhere, but I need to dedicate some time to myself and to think very carefully about the path I want to follow according to my education. I see myself helping others because that’s what makes me who I am. I enjoy being there for others, which is why I want to make sure that whatever I choose on doing is fully going to meet my purpose in life. I have always dreamed about my job, and I want my job to be something I wake up happy about every morning. Whatever I end up doing is going to be great because that’s what I have been working so hard for. I am going to give back to my community and make those who have helped me throughout my life feel very proud of me because I am very proud of myself and the long way I have come.

Trevor DePalatis

Name: Trevor DePalatis
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Major: Cinema and Media Communication

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

The CMCO department at George Fox has been a blast to be a part of. Whether it was recreating a scene from The Princess Bride, directing scenes with spaceships, robots, and a blue alien, or crafting a documentary around a deliverance ministry, it has all been challenging and fulfilling. Professors like Matt Meyer, Elizabeth Hudec, Sarah Gibson and Adam Sager have all significantly encouraged my abilities as a filmmaker and given me opportunities to make films that I am proud of.

The most growing of these experiences was having the opportunity to direct a team of very talented people on a very ambitious Advanced Production Workshop film, the most advanced technical class in the major. This experience gave me new insight on leadership and trust, as I was working with people who could do vital things that I could not. Knowing when to delegate and how to trust people was challenging, but so valuable and fruitful. In the end, we pulled it off and all have very valuable lessons under our belts.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

One of the biggest growth areas for me has been to stop saying, “I do not have worthwhile ideas” and “It’s been done before”. These questions prevented me from embracing creativity for a while, but once I got into a scriptwriting class those all had to be put aside. I found that I actually could write something and that I was getting positive feedback, which was able to give me the confidence that I needed to continue. Within two years, I was holding an award from the Fox Film Festival for Best Screenplay for a script that I had co-written with a friend that was voted on by film professionals in the area. Needless to say, I’m glad I stopped saying those condemning things about myself.

What’s next?

Well, I will be getting married in the fall, so the next steps will be revolving around searching the job market for a place that is a good fit for me. If I could find stable work as a writer that would be fantastic! A large part of it will be trusting the Lord in all that I do and nurturing a personal relationship with him. My hope is that I will be able to one day tell stories that are honoring to him and that will have an impact on the world.

Ashley Mitton

Name: Ashley Mitton
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Major: Psychology & Christian Ministries (Youth Ministry)

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

George Fox has been such an awesome experience. When my parents and I arrived for Welcome Weekend my freshman year, I knew Fox was going to be a great place. Everyone – the peer advisors helping out, the RAs greeting families and even the new students – had huge smiles on their faces. This was a reflection of one of the things I love most about being here: the people.

From what I have experienced, the strength of this university is not just in the academics, but also the relationships formed. I might not remember specific psychology theories or exactly everything that should be done when leading a small group at church, but I will remember going to the beach for the first time with my living area freshman year and having study sessions at a professor’s house where she made us cookies to eat. With these experiences, I feel ready to go out and engage in the world around me, hopefully sharing some of the enthusiasm for life that I have learned at George Fox.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

One of the most meaningful things I learned while here was during my counseling class. We were supposed to find a theory of therapy and do some research to learn more about the theory. I choose narrative therapy, which, as the name entails, uses story to help people understand their lives. At the same time I was taking a religion class where we were talking about the Bible as a narrative of God’s work. That was the turning point where I began to understand and look for the integration of faith within the career I want to pursue. Starting college, I really didn't know who I was or what God was going to do in my life, but the more experiences I had like this, the more sure I was that Fox was helping me find a way to use my story in the story of God.

What's next?

Next year, I will be attending graduate school for my PsyD, with my top two programs being in the L.A. area. It will be really great to experience a new city with a new culture, and I know that Fox has prepared me to succeed in this vigorous program. I don't know specifically what I want to pursue as a career, but I do know that this will be an amazing way for me to serve others.

Joshua Green

Name: Joshua Green
Hometown: Gold Beach, Ore.
Major: Nursing

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

I have really enjoyed being at George Fox for the last four years, and I would describe it as a time of growth both academically and spiritually. I have met some pretty amazing friends along the way who have been influential and shaped my time here. The moments I remember most are the ones spent with my freshman floor on Sutton 3, my RA staff with residence life, and all the way to the guys that I live with now. Nursing school has been a lot of hard work and at times overwhelming, but I feel that my professors really strive to give me the tools that I need to succeed. Stephanie Fisher, in particular, has been very influential in teaching me what it looks like to serve Christ in the nursing profession and also how hard pathophysiology and pharmacology can be.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I think that the main takeaway for me was realizing that what I get out of college is what I put into it. You have a choice and get to decide for yourself what your life is going to be about and how you are going to live it. Fox has been a great place for me to answer these hard questions. I have learned that my decision has been to seek after Christ and his kingdom with both my personal life and career.

What's next?

After graduation, I am going to work as a registered nurse focusing in the field of critical care (ICU) and emergency nursing. I have not yet decided on pursuing grad school opportunities, but I definitely want to continue my education to be a flight nurse in EMS.

Shanna Deliece Austin

Name: Shanna Deliece Austin
Hometown: Lake Oswego, Ore.
Major: Nursing

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

My experience at George Fox has been more than a blessing – it has been everything I have ever dreamt of. I originally graduated from the University of Oregon with a human physiology degree but always wanted to go into healthcare. My dreams of becoming a nurse seemed almost too far away to achieve, until one day Robin Baker agreed to meet with me. Excitedly, I prepared all my work/school experience and joined him for a meet-and-greet. I was so scared George Fox would not accept me into its program as a post-bac since my grades at the U of O were not the best. But they took a chance on me and helped me enter the nursing program. From that moment on I promised myself that I would be the best nurse possible and work harder than I have ever worked before to succeed! And here I am in my senior year, achieving great grades, helping patients and doing exactly what I had dreamt I would do! Without Robin Baker’s belief in me, and without the help of all the hardworking staff, I wouldn't be where I am today – about to graduate and work as a nurse. I am so blessed and grateful for my time spent at George Fox.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I have grown immensely since being accepted into the nursing program here. Years ago I lost my father to a cardiac emergency, and this spurred my dreams of becoming a nurse. I hoped to one day help others during these hard moments and tragedies that happen unexpectedly. Through my studies, I have gained experience, insight, compassion, strength, work ethic and lots of wonderful friendships. I have had the opportunity to help many sick patients find hope during those darkest moments and be the light to guide them out. I have gained knowledge and skills as a nurse while also practicing empathy to aid others with their most intimate health needs. I truly have grown as a woman, as a nurse, as a friend and as a student.

I am so grateful for my studies and have flourished because of it. Without George Fox I would not have been able to follow my dreams. And this time around, I was not just going to college. I was a woman on a mission. May 31, 2007, was a day that changed me forever. It was the end of my father’s life, but, in many ways, it was the beginning of mine. That worst of tragedies birthed my determination to succeed, my hope that I will be an excellent nurse, and my dream that my father’s memory will be honored by my lifetime of helping those in their time of need. A woman’s life can change in an instant. Sometimes from the worst of tragedies springs determination, hope and a dream for a future in nursing.

What's next?

My future in nursing is hopefully going to be in critical care. I hope to be working in an ICU one day and advancing my skills, potentially becoming a life flight nurse. After graduation, I plan to pass the NCLEX, take a delayed honeymoon to Greece (we got married this last New Year’s Eve), then start my career! The options in nursing are endless, and I look forward to seeing what my career brings!

Bryant Quinn

Name: Bryant Quinn
Hometown: Meridian, Idaho
Major: Health and Human Performance & English

How would you describe your experience at George Fox? 

While the concepts and content of what I learned through my course work embodies a large part of my experience at George Fox, and while I will apply this knowledge to my future vocation, it is not what I will remember most about this place. I will remember the long hours spent studying the skeletal system in a lab run by a professor who expected nothing less than success and challenged me to achieve it. I will remember the early-morning hours working custodial with a crew who always had each other's back. I will remember all the times my cross country teammates and I ran around the quad, shirtless, shamelessly promoting cross country awareness. I will remember the professor who convinced me I had a gift for writing, and encouraged me to pursue it. I will remember the time I bungee jumped 420 feet off of a suspended platform while on Juniors Abroad. And I will remember the classmate who inspired me to share my story, and to show vulnerability so I would be able to let others know they are not alone. From my time at Fox, it is the people that I will remember most.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I do still consider myself more of an introvert, but from my time at Fox I've noticed a change in my priorities and corresponding change in my actions and way I go about life. This year especially, I have been convicted with this simple truth: People matter. While my preference is generally to keep to myself, I've begun to realize that the opportunities to love people created in the image of God should not be wasted. My time at Fox has continually shown me time and again that it is not about me, and has provided me with opportunities to build genuine human connections and experience life outside my comfort zone. I still believe I am the same awkward kid who came into Newberg four years ago, perhaps just a little bit braver.

What's next?

The next step for me is the Master of Arts in Teaching program here at George Fox University. I will be enrolling in the full-time, 10.5-month program, hopefully staying along as an assistant coach on the cross country and track and field teams, and continuing to bless the streets of Newberg with the soles of my shoes. After earning my master's degree, I hope to become a physical education teacher at the secondary level, as well as a distance running coach with the intention of inspiring others using the sport that gave, and continually gives, so much to me.