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Legacy – Riley Akervik

Riley Akervik posing with two friends.

Legacy is the reason why we are Jimmies. As a Jimmie, my experiences were more than I could have ever asked for.

A rough start.
To be honest, my first semester was less than ideal. I felt completely lost on campus, and nothing seemed to click. Being on the golf team was exciting, but I held myself to a very high standard right away, which led me to complete failure.

The same happened in the classroom. I questioned my major and ended up switching from Nursing to Business Administration. By the end of the first month I had questioned myself every day if I should drop out of school or transfer. UJ did not feel like home, and a lot of my experiences were negative.

It wasn’t until about November of my freshman year that I felt right at UJ. I had found great friends and picked my grades back up, but I still looked at many situations negatively.

Riley posing with the cast after performing in a play.

With those bad experiences, however, came lessons.
Many of my mentors, both on and off campus, taught me the importance of negative experiences and how to look at them from a positive point of view. Honestly, that’s the biggest piece of advice that I could give to any student at any college. Stick with it, and learn to view your situation in a positive way.

Learning that has put a fire in me to build a legacy. All of those people that taught me to live life positively have built their legacy at UJ. Some are former athletes or professors, and some are community members that loved UJ just as much as the others. I will keep their lessons with me for the rest of my life.

At the end of the day, I cannot say enough about the community of Jamestown. The University, especially, has built me into someone who lives with passion and wants to teach others about how UJ can build their legacy.

The choir program, professors, theatre department, athletic department, students, and many other great programs and people on this campus are such large factors in why I love being a Jimmie today. The people on this campus and in this community know how to take care of each other. As we always say, “Once a Jimmie, always a Jimmie.”

Riley Akervik posing with with friends on a golf course.

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Posted:September 25, 2020


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