Isaiah Whitfield

Spreading his wings

Although LaGrange native Isaiah Whitfield hasn’t ventured far from home for his education, he says LaGrange College offers him the best of both worlds.

“I wanted to stay close to home but also I wanted to have a more personalized education. The professors here are amazing, and I’ve loved every minute.”

Isaiah is a political science major who has an interest in a law career. This past year, he worked with Dr. John Tures, Associate Professor of Political Science, on an undergraduate research project that took him away from home.

“We went to New Orleans to present the paper at a Southern Political Science Association conference,” he says. “It was very interesting just to take in the city, but then to be able to go to the conference and hear our professor brag about our research, that was pretty fun. It was great to be able to contribute a small part to a testimonial about undergraduate research.”

Isaiah says he has always been attracted to processes and how things work.

“I like learning about the inner workings behind all the actions that are taking place,” he says. “We as the public only get to see the end result and make opinions based on that. But if you go into the world of politics, you really get to see who makes the decisions and who has the power and say in the decisions that affect the rest of the world.”

After graduation, Isaiah plans to head on to law school. But he’s already taking steps now that he hopes will help him in that goal.

“I’ve started looking at a summer law program at Florida State University for students who plan to go to law school,” he says. “They allow you to take a couple of classes and stay on campus, just to find out what law school is all about.”

When he’s not in the classroom, Isaiah can be found on the Panther baseball field, where he is a pitcher.

“Even though we didn’t have the greatest season in the world last year, it was great to experience another level of play from high school,” he says. “College is such a big step up in terms of strategy and skill level. It’s been a lot of fun.”

This next year, he will take on a new responsibility as a resident advisor in Henry Hall.

“I’m excited to be able to live on campus and get the full college experience. I’m looking forward to interacting with the other students and possibly setting an example. I want to show the kids that college is not too much for you if you handle your time well and abide by the rules.”

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.