About Jordan - Class of 2015
From: Clive, Iowa
High School: Waukee
Academic Interests: Biology, Health Sciences
Extracurricular Interests: Football, FCA, Campus Ministries
The doctor is in—Dr. Wachter to be exact. A junior from Clive, Iowa, Jordan Wachter is preparing to enter the medical field, starting with a biology major at Central. And with a rhyming nickname like “Dr. Wachter,” Jordan was certainly destined to study for the medical field.
“It rhymes, so it is easy to remember how to say my name,” Jordan says with a laugh. “My friends like to give me a hard time about it.”
Even though he’s not sure if he will end up a doctor, Jordan knows he wants to help people. He plans to go to graduate school for medicine or physical therapy.
Jordan is involved with Campus Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the football team, and he is a Serve Our Youth minister. After finding out about the extracurricular activities and the great academic and athletic tradition at Central, Jordan knew he would be spending four years in Pella.
“A lot of my decision was based on academics and how close it was to home,” Jordan says about Central. “Another big part was the football team. It is amazing how close everyone on the team feels to each other. We don’t have separate groups. We are a family.”
When Jordan isn’t on the football field, you might find him with Campus Ministries on a mission trip to Texas or out at the Carlson-Kuyper Field Station, Central’s 62-acre nature preserve and “outdoor classroom.”
“I just like going out there,” Jordan says of the field station. “I like the open area and country feel. It’s hands-on learning. It’s a little more real when you can go out and actually see the things that you are studying—to see them in their native areas rather than just in a book or a lab.”
But don’t let his science-centered brain fool you—Jordan has a creative side. He has been known to watch movies with friends, listen to music, read a good book and even write poetry and songs. He enjoys volunteering his time, whether it’s on campus or in another country.
He recently spent a semester studying in Merida with Central's study abroad program. "Spending a semester in Merida was an amazing time. A few friends encouraged me to look into studying abroad and the faculty and staff at Central, particularly Dr. Mena, were extremely helpful with the whole process. I was able to take classes for my major, learn more Spanish than I ever have in the U.S. and got to see many beautiful Mayan ruins and landscapes like beaches, cenotes, mountains, forests and waterfalls. My coaches were very supportive of me studying abroad as well; I was able to train and not fall behind even while in another country. The memories from studying abroad will be some of my best memories from college."
Pursuing a biology degree at Central was a simple choice for Jordan. The combination of passionate professors, a variety of campus activities, the ability to study abroad and great job shadowing and professional opportunities led him to the home of the Dutch.
“I have made some of my best friends here,” Jordan says with a smile. “I have grown spiritually, mentally and physically faster than I ever thought I would, and continue to do so, because of the people and opportunities at Central.”