Pella, Iowa 50219
Some things in life aren’t easily measured. What, for instance, is the value of a study abroad experience that sparked a passion for foreign policy, provided experiences crucial to graduate school admission essays and eventually led to a job working with the Department of State? How do you measure the worth of a semester abroad that led to further exploration of world cultures and ultimately to a position teaching Japanese studies at a university in Singapore?
Central: It's what you do, who you meet and who you are on campus. The college nurtures relationships and inspires activity.
Favorite professor: Dr. Wackerly. He is a great teacher in the classroom and laboratory. It is obvious that he cares for his students by devoting so much of his time to them.
Bucket list: Don't really have one, but I would love to make traveling to as many countries as I can a priority. I love experiencing new cultures.
Best Central memory: Definitely my time studying in Wales in the spring of my junior year. I was able to make amazing friends from all over the UK, while building relationships with other Central students in the program. Not only did I make friends, but I was able to see history and the world in a form other than a textbook.
73 academic programs to choose from
More than 100 opportunities to get involved on campus
More than 99 percent of Central students receive financial aid
93 percent are employed, enrolled in graduate school or doing sustained service within a year
Central's first-in-the-nation program is a fusion of campus life and academics. It pairs the classroom with the residence halls, the athletics fields, the laboratories, the stage and student clubs.
11 pre-professional programs in health with shadowing opportunities at Pella Regional Health Center and Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines.
Three-quarters of Central students complete at least one internship, gaining real-world experience in Iowa, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and around the globe.
Title: Professor of mathematics and computer science
Book: “A Concise Introduction to Programming in Python”
Innovative class: iPhone App Development
Advice for students: Learn about business and entrepreneurship at Central, too.
You can find him: Helping students in the Vermeer Science Center computer labs
Founded in 1853 in the heart of Iowa, Central has always been a college with a host of academic and personal possibilities.