Dear Class of 2008,
Merry Christmas! I hope that this year has been a rewarding and renewing one for you and your loved ones.
For the December edition of our Class Newsletter, I'd like to share with you the words I received from a couple of our classmates from Westmont. Allison Trowbridge and Eric Winter have graciously agreed to give us an update about thier lives since their time at Westmont. A huge thanks goes out to them and their families for their contribution!
Cliche as it sounds, I can't believe this month marks the two-year anniversary of my (semester-early) graduation from Westmont. Two whole years from standing in the DC "zone" and tri-weekly walks to chapel. It amazes me to think what an impact that time of life continues to have on my work today.
In March of our junior year, we had a speaker come to campus with a Westmont degree and a passion to end modern-day slavery. David Batstone, along with two friends, had just launched the Not For Sale Campaign (www.notforsalecampaign.org). I began volunteering, and at graduation found myself as the first official employee of the organization. Today we've grown to a staff of ten, with over 50 state and regional directors and five international projects. As we've grown, so has my role, and I now operate as Communications Director (making my Com professors proud!) managing our media, messaging, marketing and brand. It has been a whirlwind adventure, and I literally am challenged everyday. I love seeing our alum community at work in causes like social justice - it's now a joke at NFS that every other person is a Westmont connection.
On free weekends I still love to coordinate weddings (an odd compliment to fighting slavery, I know!), and spend my Sundays ushering at Reality Carpinteria. When not bouncing in and out of town (often to our headquarters up North), you'll find me well-caffeinated and emailing away at Westmont hot-spot Coffee Bean in Montecito. More than anything, I'm cherishing these years post-Westmont - it's such a unique and formative time. I'm thankful for the foundation that's beneath us, and so eager for all that we have ahead.
Happy Holidays, my friends!!
In the fall of 2008 I started a Masters program in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University. Along with studying college students and higher education, I worked part-time at APU as an academic advisor. Now in the second and final year of the program, I work part-time at APU as the director of a service-learning program and part-time at the University of La Verne as a career counselor. Other than school and work, I spend the rest of my time deepening my relationships with Kellie Hicks and Andrew Massena, my two best friends. Aside from these constants, I have faced the ebbs and flows, the ups and downs of life. I have been to funerals and engagement parties. I have witnessed the birth of my nephew. I have faced my own struggles with poverty, sickness, and depression. I have simply been trying to live life. I just try to make it through each day, hoping to say at the end of each, "That was a good day."
Again, thank you Allison and Eric for your contributions!
Merry Christmas and may God bless all you fellow Westmont Graduates. I hope to see you again soon.
If you'd like to be included in a future edition of our class newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with me. Here's a picture of me and my family.
P.S. Have you moved lately? Had a child? Changed jobs? Gotten married? Update your profile on Westmont's Alumni Directory and stay in touch with your classmates!