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Choosing UJ – Lee Mathiesen

My name is Lee Mathiesen, and I am a freshman at the University of Jamestown; I am a part of the new cheer and dance program.

Joining the cheer team

I wasn’t sure how I felt before coming to Jamestown because it was a whole new atmosphere with people I didn’t know. Over the past almost month and a half, I’ve grown closer to more people here than I did back home. Being part of the new cheer team has been the greatest experience. The girls on the team work hard and, even though some might not have been in cheerleading before, we put in our full effort to set a great precedent for years to come.

Our Coach

Our coach has great experience with what she’s teaching us and having us do, and has been one of my best supporters this far. Her encouragement for anything, even things that aren’t cheer related, has made the transition so much easier. She knows how to push us to work hard, and knows if we’re performance ready.

Teammates = best friends

I’m looking forward to the years to come with working with her and the rest of my teammates. My teammates are hands-down some of the most solid people I’ve met, and know how to support each other; I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

I’ve known for years that it’s important to make relationships, but I have found that there is always something that brings you closer to someone, especially when you’re not expecting it. In our cheer team alone, we have had experiences that have brought us much closer. We experience similar things – things I thought I only went through.

Although these experiences may be hard to get through, I’ve learned that they can enhance how much someone means to you. I’ve known this rad group of people for a short 71 days, and I’ve learned so much from them, like skills, how to cope with getting a crummy grade on an exam, or how to be better at being there for someone when they experience something traumatic. It’s things like this that remind me I’m not alone, and there are things I can’t get through alone.

My choice to come to UJ

Altogether, the decision to come to the University of Jamestown has been indescribable. I wish only the best for all of the people I have had the opportunity to meet and share this time of my life with. I hope that the rest of my time here is full of positive experiences that bring me closer to people I don’t expect, because that has turned out to be the best yet. I look forward to spending my time here with the people I have had the chance to get to know.

President Badal – I hope your future plans are full of gracious blessings and relaxation. I also wish the best to Polly Peterson, the new University of Jamestown President, and my Journey Mentor. I cannot think of a more selfless, and caring person to fill that prestigious position.

My time at UJ has been a life-changing experience, and I am thankful I chose Jamestown.

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Posted:October 20, 2017

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Financial Aid

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Campus Demographics

Placement Rate

1,100 students from 30 states and 20 countries
(Undergraduate 2017)

Student to Faculty Ratio - 12:1