"The visit sold me on St. Ambrose. I met the coaches, the people and the other players. It just clicked."
One of Colin's requirements while searching for colleges was a great football program. Not only did he find a program that met his standards at St. Ambrose, he found a home away from home. Being on the football team helped him to make friends before school even started.
When he's not in class or on the field, he plays on the intramural basketball and dodgeball teams. He's also been known to lend a hand on service projects, like helping senior citizens with yard work. It's his way of reaching out to and showing appreciation for people in his neighborhood.
I like the small school atmosphere. Everybody is friendly, so when you walk around campus people say "hi." I've met a lot of great people who I'll be friends with for the rest of my life.
Another benefit of the small size is that you get more focused attention in class. If I have a question, I can ask it. There aren't 400 people in the room. The teachers are here to help you learn and retain information, not to just give you grades. They aren't just going through the motions
Dr. Shoemaker in the College of Business. He knows everything there is to know about marketing and is a great resource here at St. Ambrose. He talks about topics that are relevant. For instance, he told us about an auto company that implemented a new marketing plan and all of the sudden its sales dropped. We discussed the situation and why the company had to change tactics. "Doc" makes you see the logic.
My roommates and I each choose a different night of the week to make dinner for each other. And we're only allowed to spend up to $35 on the groceries. It works out great because we have a variety of menus, and there are a lot of times where football practice runs long and I can't get to the caf.
The Career Center has helped me and my roommates-especially with resumes and finding internships.
I did a sales training program at AJ Gallagher, a Chicago area insurance broker company. One time I went on a sales call with my supervisor and I made an important contribution. I said that I could see the store was very family oriented and that St. Ambrose had a similar feel. They liked that perspective – they're a customer now! That was a good experience for me.
After I graduate, I either want to become an insurance broker or start a chain of Jimmy John's restaurants. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I know what I need to do to prepare for 10 years down the road.
I earned a football scholarship and academic scholarship. I wouldn't have been able to go to St. Ambrose without that support. I split the remainder of the cost with my parents. I pay for my end with my wages from Jimmy John's. I've been working there since I was 16. That's actually how I got the idea to start my own chain.
Absolutely. I'm investing in myself. The more I get out of this college experience, the better. The cost of tuition and housing is a small price to pay for all the personal attention and preparation I'm receiving. And I get to do what I love–play football. You can't beat it.