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Iowa City, Iowa

Majors in nursing
Played varsity football

Jedd loves those Last Blast snacks

"Those were some of the best pancakes I have ever had."

'Make Time to Be Successful'

Football players know the score. One more practice repetition to get the play down cold. Two more sets of lifts in the weight room.

Jedd Reichelt could have recited from that playbook when he came to St. Ambrose to play football. Although he is looking toward a different goal line now, his playbook to score a career in nursing isn't really different.

Keep pushing. Go hard.

"I didn't start getting good grades at St. Ambrose until I put in the time that my professors required," he says. "I've learned how to be a successful college student, which requires doing the readings, seeing professors during office hours, and asking questions. It is important to manage your time and prioritize work over fun. You must always make time for yourself to be successful.

"It is the same in athletics, and the same pretty much for anything that you do in your life. I have learned that successes and failures only come from within."

In his own words


What does St. Ambrose offer that is essential to your field of study?

In the Center for Health Sciences Education, they have very high tech mannequins. They simulate a patient almost exactly. The mannequins can be made to seem to talk, breathe, and make realistic heart sounds. We can't get a real person to present symptoms every day, so these mannequins are the closest we can get to human beings. I know they will make me ready for my future profession.

What is your favorite St. Ambrose tradition?

Definitely Last Blast. One reason I like it so much is because the university will put on a bunch of different activities for the students. There is always a concert. They will have jousting and other events in the middle of the practice football field. One year, they had a woman make pancakes and flip them from the grill onto your plate. Those were some of the best pancakes I have ever had. This is one weekend that St. Ambrose goes all-out for their students. The school shows its appreciation for us.

Why should parents want their children to come to St. Ambrose?

I feel like St. Ambrose does a very good job of setting their students up to be successful, especially with things like the Pro Fair and Resume Drive-Thru days. When someone graduates from St. Ambrose, they will be prepared for their future, full of memories, and most likely a better person.

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