Family, pride and acceptance – Natalie Kromm

From the second I walked on to this campus for my recruit trip, I automatically got a feeling of acceptance, as if I was meeting my family all over again. This made my commitment to the Women’s Soccer team and to this school an easy decision.

I had originally found out about Jamestown through my brother, Bryan Kromm, who had been playing on the Hockey team at the time. Having him here, as well, made the decision for me to come here easy for both my parents and myself. The friends and people I have met in Jamestown will be my forever friends and some of the most interesting and amazing people I know.

For me personally, I feel that I have grown so much as an individual in the past four years—even more than I have in my entire life. Coming to school here made me learn a lot of hard truths, but also allowed me to grow and become more open minded.

I like to think that I have become a well-rounded person, which ultimately led me to be a captain—to lead my team the way I was led when I was a freshman, sophomore and junior. Being able to pass on what I have learned from my coaches, prior teammates and professors about life, hard work, and discipline is an honor that I will not take for granted and will cherish for the rest of my life.

I never once felt for a second that this was not the place for me. Since day one, whether it be on the field or in the classroom, I never felt unwelcome.

Another amazing thing about this school is that for how small it is, I always seemed to meet someone new every day…which I always thought was pretty cool! I was never afraid to reach out to a new person or say hi to someone new on campus, because I knew that others would do the same to me.

Words that pop into my head when I think of our school are: family, pride, and acceptance. Regret is not a word that will ever pop up in my head when I think about the University of Jamestown.

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