Welcome from WCSA's 2014-2015 President

Dear New Student,


On behalf of the entire Westmont student body, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Westmont. We’re very glad you made this decision and I’m sure you will soon see the value of a Westmont education firsthand. In your time at Westmont, I urge you to take full advantage of each of the world-class opportunities with which a Westmont education blesses you.

Visit a professor’s house. Make the Dean’s List. Go to the beach a lot. Study in another country. Take part in Potter’s Clay. Try to win Spring Sing. And of course, get to know people who will walk alongside you during your Westmont journey and the rest of your life.


Having fun and pursuing greater fellowship with God and the collection of people around you is vitally important to making the most of your experience here. That’s why I challenge you to lean forward into new experiences and extracurricular opportunities as soon and frequently as possible. You will be glad you did when you’re in my position—one year away from graduation and entry into the “real world”. You will meet new people, discover and sharpen new skills, and better discern God’s plan for your life.


In watching two classes of graduating seniors leave, I’ve generally found that it is those that grew to love Westmont the most by challenging themselves in the variety of ways I mentioned above who are best prepared for their post-Westmont life.


At the end of the day, Westmont exists to prepare talented men and women of Christ for effective leadership and stewardship. In furtherance of this core purpose, it presents us with an unparalleled variety of experiences and challenges. I urge you to take these on whole-heartedly in your time at Westmont, and wish you nothing but the best.


I look forward to getting to know you over the next year and welcome you to Westmont,

Riley Svikhart

Student Body President
Economics & Business, Political Science
Westmont College ‘15