Introducing this year's volunteers
Sept. 5, 2019
We're kicking off this year's Alumni Service Corps volunteer blog with some introductions. Read on for the 4-1-1 on each of us:
What I studied: History; Minors in Philosophy, Classics, and Political Science
Where I’ll be at Prep: Freshman Seminar and Athletics
A classic middle child (the third of six siblings), I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in McMinnville, Oregon. Growing up, I ran cross country and track, sang in my high school choirs, and worked as a youth group leader in my local parish. While attending Gonzaga University, where I studied history, I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad, both at Oxford and at Gonzaga-in-Florence. I also started a club sport: the Gonzaga Hurling Team (which is an ancient Irish sport that is still played there today, while schools and clubs form across the USA; it resembles lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer rolled into 1). I love to fish, play golf, and hike. Additionally, I enjoy reading, both books and the news. My favorite book is The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Finally, I really enjoy traveling to see new lands, meet new people, and embrace new cultures.
I am thrilled to be an Alumni Service Corps Volunteer; the Jesuit model of educating the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—is a great inspiration for me. I can’t wait to get involved in the Gonzaga Preparatory mission to develop lifelong learners for others, to help wherever I can, and to learn and grow along the way.
What I studied: English and Italian Studies; Minors in History and Religious Studies
Where I’ll be at Prep: Freshman Seminar and Campus Ministry
A classic oldest child (the proud eldest sister of two brothers and two sisters), I was born in Federal Way, Washington and raised in both Gig Harbor, Washington and Edgewood, Washington. Growing up, I played almost every sport but played none of them particularly well. I notoriously forgot to run after making my first hit in softball, and I scored my first basketball layup in the other team’s basket, to name just a few of my sporting snafus. But, when I was in high school at Bellarmine Prep, a fellow Jesuit school in Tacoma, Washington, I rose to athletic glory playing C-Team basketball my senior year. My ten freshmen teammates and I enjoyed an epic season of hoops and finished with a record of 0-13. Fondly known as the “Bad News Lions,” many called us the worst team in Bellarmine’s school history. Off the court, I fared a bit better in my high school activities: I acted and stage managed for the theater department and spent four years on ASB. In the summers, I served as a volunteer at L’Arche Tahoma Hope Farm.
I’ve always loved to read, so when I arrived at Gonzaga University, I was thrilled to be able to pursue my passion for literature and writing by studying English. I served as an RA and worked in the Office of Mission and Ministry as the Student Assistant for Faith and Justice. My Junior Year, I hopped on a flight and set off to spend eight months in Florence, Italy where I lived with a lovely Italian host family and developed a deep appreciation for the richness of Italian language and culture. A few fun facts about me: 1) My favorite author is Ray Bradbury, and I once took a pilgrimage to his home in LA. 2) I spend my summers kayaking, cooking, and adventuring with middle and high schoolers at a summer camp called Camp Gallagher on the South Puget Sound. 3) My favorite fish is tuna.
I am so excited to serve as an Alumni Service Corps Volunteer this year. Without a doubt, my Jesuit education has shaped the best parts of who I am today, and I am abundantly grateful for it. It is this gratitude for the mission of Jesuit education which sparked my desire to fulfill a year of service at Prep, and I look forward to continuing to learn and grow as I serve in this incredible community.
What I studied: Biology; Minors in Catholic Studies and Philosophy
Where I’ll be at Prep: Academic Success Center, Learning Resource Center, and Advancement
A classic youngest child (the second of two brothers), I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon (A.K.A. TrackTown, USA / Home of the University of Oregon Ducks). Growing up, I was involved in a variety of activities, including but not limited to the following: participating, but not excelling, in a variety of sports, playing a multitude of instruments, participating in school retreats, and pestering my older brother. I graduated from Marist Catholic High School, where I continued to participate, but not excel, in cross country and track and field, played violin in our strings orchestra, led and attended a myriad of retreats, and shot trap, skeet, and sporting clays (competitive shotgun sports). While at Gonzaga University, I continued to be involved with attending and leading retreats, furthered my knowledge of Biology, Catholic Studies, and Philosophy, all while studying here in Spokane as well as spending a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. A few fun facts about me: 1) I don’t believe in favorite colors. 2) I have Smokey Bear license plates. 3) My favorite fish is salmon.
I am delighted to serve the Gonzaga Prep community as an Alumni Service Corps Volunteer. To participate in a Mission based on the development of the whole person, for and with others is both an honor and delight.