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New Opportunities – Gary Van Zinderen

With little doubt at some point when you entered the University of Jamestown, you were told, “Welcome to UJ! You are officially a Jimmie!” This greeting may have happened at USOAR, New Student/Transfer Orientation, first practice with a team, or at a very formal and almost stuffy opening convocation.

The inevitable questions

In the back of your mind you may have been thinking, what is a Jimmie, and do I really want to be one? What is the big deal about being a Jimmie vs. being a Bison, or Viking, or even a Golden Rodent? What makes a Jimmie better, more advantageous, or more prestigious; is it about price? We all know the costs of an education. But what about the value of an education?

Other institutions vs. UJ

Most institutions of higher education provide curriculum that is more or less designed to broaden students’ horizons for a bigger world and prepare them to graduate and begin new chapters in their lives.

What stands out at UJ is our Journey to Success. Since 1883, we have emphasized the building of character; we have a history and a specialty of preparing our students for the opportunities they will encounter in their lives.

Opportunity favors the prepared mind.

You may have heard the saying, “Opportunity favors the prepared mind.” Preparing minds for a life of learning is what sets UJ apart immediately from the first day you become an official “Jimmie.” That skill of preparation instilled in you continues to grow and develop well after you have crossed the stage when you received your diploma, and begin to seek out new opportunities.

Even when your official time at UJ has come to a close, your family ties as a Jimmie never end as you prepare for the future you are embarking upon; you will be amazed by the number of opportunities you will encounter because you have prepared.

Capitalizing on opportunity

I am not certain and would not be surprised if none of you remember the welcome speech you heard on your first day on the UJ campus. You were encouraged to take risks, because risks are free – and even in the face of possible failure, the rewards are far greater than the challenges.

You were encouraged to seek support when needed and support others in their time of need; to be a part of the Jimmie family! An inevitable component of being a member of a family is disagreement between members. Our community consists of a multitude of nations, cultures, ethnicities, beliefs, and values. At UJ, our differences become our strengths. They bring us together, hold us up in times of trial, and help us grow in the face of turmoil, preparing us for the opportunities that await us every new day.

Do not wait to be included; step up and include yourself. Do not passively sit and watch; rather get in the middle and be the person others watch both at UJ and with the opportunities that will be waiting for you to discover throughout your life.

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Posted:March 24, 2017


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