9/5/2013 5:37 PM
I was born and raised in Central IL. Read that as “middle of nowhere.” I grew up on a farm until I was 8 when I moved to the “big” city of Bloomington, IL. Cow tipping doesn’t work; they wake up. During my junior year of high school my mother moved to Kansas City, and I moved into a retirement home where I worked for my room and board. I chose to live there vice changing high schools, but I still had some family nearby.
I matriculated at the University of Chicago where I somehow managed to graduate with an AB in Geophysical Science. Rocks for jocks, but at a school where nothing is easy. My favorite course was “Introduction to Microeconomics” taught by Professor Allan Sanderson. You can read that last line as “Man, this guy is a nerd.” I accepted a commission as an Officer of Marines and served as a Communications Officer in the United States Marine Corps. There was a war going on, and I believed that I, being an above average person (in my not so humble, biased opinion), should be at a place where men and women's lives were at stake.* I married a beautiful, smart woman. No idea how I managed that one. I was stationed in Okinawa, JP for 3 years. Living abroad was a profound experience that I hope to repeat after Johnson.
Why should you read this blog? If you would like to gain insight on the good, bad, and ugly of what it means to be a student here at Johnson. I promise to give a candid, honest account of my experience to the best of my ability. I am biased. There is no getting around that, but I will attempt to be as objective and informative as possible.
Who shouldn't read this? Someone who is looking for a convincing argument for why you should or shouldn't consider Johnson. I'm not here as an instrument of propaganda. I'm writing this to the person that I was about a year ago. I didn't really care about rankings, or setting, or really anything besides the 3 things that mattered to me: learning during school, employment after school, and actually enjoying myself in the process. Each one of those things has a lot of contributing factors, but lets leave that for future entries.
*Military service is not for everyone. If you are an above average man or women, then I dont think you should or shouldn't feel obligated to serve. I did not feel obligated, but I did feel a call, a compulsion if you will, to service. I did not have any particular political, idealogical, patriotic, or religious reason for why I accepted my commission, but I did serve willingly nevertheless.
2 comment(s) so far...
By Andrea on
11/13/2013 6:04 PM
Re: Who is John Galt?
Hi Jared -
Wondering what is the most memorable trip experience that you've had at Cornell?
By Jared Woodrey on
11/13/2013 6:15 PM
Re: Who is John Galt?
Since school started I have been to Chicago, Ann Arbor, and NYC a few times, but I am guessing you are more interested in an international trip. In the spring I plan on going on the UAE trek, and next year I will probably study abroad for my last semester. I plan on going on an additional international trek, but I haven't decided which one yet.