Working at places like the cafeteria, landscaping, and mail operations, J.D. learned a variety of skillsets. He was also able to work in the Conservation Department on campus, which aided in learning more about the field about which he is passionate. He now serves as the Student Body President, a high honor and significant responsibility.
“Through these workstations, I have met and learned from some of the most gifted individuals. I learned what it looks like to listen well, meet people where they are, and treasure Jesus more today than yesterday.”
The work hasn’t always been easy, but J.D. has faced his challenges head-on and is stronger because of them.
“College of the Ozarks is a special place that I will always hold dear in my heart.”
“I believe the best approach is to have a willingness to embrace challenges and overcome them.”
J.D. has also had some fun along the way.
“From campus events like MudFest or Sadie Hawkins to living life with roommates and suitemates, I have built relationships that I will cherish forever.”
These relationships, combined with a Christian environment, and caring professors, have assisted in growing J.D.’s walk with Christ.
“To say that my faith has been strengthened while at the College would be an understatement. I was able to draw closer to Christ, more tangibly grasp the heart of Christ, and grow in a relationship with Him.”
J.D. will graduate in May as a double major in Conservation and Wildlife Management and Ecology and Field Biology.
“I would like to work with private landowners to help them manage their properties for conservation. I believe that conservation is a great way to steward the gifts that God has graciously given us.”
Hard Work U. has left an indelible mark on J.D.’s life. “College of the Ozarks is a special place that I will always hold dear in my heart. I have grown academically, relationally, and spiritually in four short years. I truly cherish my community at C of O and recognize I could not have gotten this anywhere else.”