Back to College Class: “Perseverance and Faith”

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Stephanie Whyte, a class of 1991 Illinois Wesleyan graduate and 2015 Distinguished Alumna, presented this Back to College Class during Homecoming on Oct. 9, 2015.


Whyte offers a retrospective, humorous look at the role of IWU in an urban youth’s career progression from the famous “Look to your right, look to your left—one of them won’t be here next year” address on the first day of class to graduation to medical school to becoming the first-ever chief health officer for the third largest school district in the nation. Perseverance and faith hallmark Whyte’s reflection on the relationships cultivated, challenges overcome and lessons learned at Illinois Wesleyan.


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