Home Away from Home

By Kassi Ward

From the day I visited the UJ campus, I knew I wanted to be a Jimmie.

There was something special about the campus, people, town and culture that I knew I needed to be a part of it. I remember returning home from visiting the campus and telling my mom I had found the one. Who would have thought this girl from a western Washington town of 50,000 would find her home away from home at a small liberal arts college in the northern plains of North Dakota?

The University of Jamestown was not on my short list of colleges to checkout initially.

It was through the UJ softball program and Coach Gall that I found my path here. Being a student-athlete had been a long-time goal of mine. While the game of softball is something I am passionate about, I needed to make sure I chose a school that also met my academic and social/community goals as well, and UJ has not disappointed.

In the last four years at UJ, I have made lifelong friends and amazing memories.

The students, professors, staff and people of Jamestown have helped me find my true personality, what I’m passionate about in life and to broaden my goals. The breadth of activities and clubs at UJ provides plenty of opportunities for students to try something new or to stay in their comfort zone. For me, it was the chance to try new things and meet new people. The experiences gained and the friendships built through softball, Samaritan’s Feet Student Organization, the Wildlife Society, Physical Education Student Organization and Jamestown community events will stay with me forever.

As the fall semester of my senior year comes to a close, I look back at what it has meant to be a Jimmie.

It’s honor, hard work, faith and support of others. Would I do it again? You betcha! I am forever grateful for the family UJ softball has given me and for everything Coach Gall and Coach Tom do to develop us as players and students. To the professors and staff, thank you for your holistic approach to teaching and working with students.

Lastly, the North Dakota and UJ experiences have made an impression on me. So much so, that I plan on staying in the area to continue my graduate studies. I would not change my decision to attend UJ and become a Jimmie for anything in the world. Thank you to everyone here at UJ for the wonderful experience, lifelong memories and friends.

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