JoAnn Carmody

Senior Intern

Hometown:  Walla Walla, Washington

Major(s): Sociology and Hispanic Studies

Why you chose Whitman: Growing up in Walla Walla, Whitman has played many different roles in my life. Whether it was through students’ volunteering in my elementary school classrooms, holding science camps for girls in middle school, or tutoring me in math in high school, they welcomed me with open arms and encouraged me to ask questions and explore subjects that inspired me. When I was applying to colleges, I knew that I wanted to go to a small liberal arts college because I loved the sense of community and belongingness that I felt when I had interacted with Whitman Students. I tried to look for Whitman in other places and institutions outside of my little hometown, but I came to the realization that the reason why Whitman made such an impression on me was because of its support systems, students, values, and outreach into my community.

Favorite things to do in Walla Walla: Some of my favorite things to do in the Walla Walla area include driving up Scenic Loop Road and stopping to watch the sunset or have a picnic at the top. There are incredible views of the Blue Mountains that look down onto the rolling hills of wheat. When you continue down the road you get to see Mill Creek rushing by. I like to park and swim there with friends. There’s even a spot with a rope swing you can use to jump into the water. Coffee Perk, a shop in downtown Walla Walla and close to campus has become a favorite study location for my friends and me.

Favorite spot on campus: I like the booths in the comfort section in Cleveland Commons. I could study there for hours at a time and I like that there’s outlets next to all of the booths. During my sophomore year, my friends and I ate breakfast every weekday morning at the same booth.

What advice you’d give yourself when you were going through the college process: I would tell myself that it is okay if your plans change into something completely different. You do not need to have your whole future set in stone before you start college. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of all the different opportunities and resources that college has to offer. Take time to explore new classes, hobbies, interests, your identities, and make new friends throughout your time in college.

Fun fact(s) about yourself: I was a preschool teacher last summer, I love cats, especially mine whose name is Lulu, and I cannot get ready for the day until I have made my bed.

Best class you’ve taken on campus: The best class I have taken at Whitman was a Hispanic Studies class called Spanglish. It was fun to be in a class with only 10 other students and we grew really close over the course of the semester. The class was an interdisciplinary combination of cultural studies, linguistics, and History that focused specifically on the use of Spanish at the borderlands of the United States and Mexico. I learned so much about the Spanish in the United States.

Favorite campus traditions: Sitting in the fountain in front of Hunter Conservatory with friends on a hot day during the spring.