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Meet Jacob from Pella, Iowa

About Jacob - Class of 2016

From: Pella, Iowa

High School: Pella

Academic Interests: Exploring

Extracurricular Interests: Football, FCA, Campus Ministries

Dutch Explorer

As a second generation Central student, Jacob Wassenaar knows all about Central and the Dutch culture. His father, Craig ’84, is a Central grad, but Jacob says it didn’t affect his decision—that much.

“I’m a Pella native, but my parents were very supportive of wherever I wanted to go to college. However, my dad threw in a few Central Christmas presents every year!” Jacob says with a smile. “My parents never told me where to go, but my dad kind of nodded that Central was a good place, and I’m so glad he did.”

Jacob was interested in Central because of the football team and the other great opportunities he saw on campus.

“I was a football player in high school, so football was a big part of that decision,” Jacob says. “I fell in love with the football team. More than that, I really felt that Central had a lot of opportunities that other schools didn’t, especially with study abroad. I knew Central had a great teaching program. Central felt like something that I really wanted to be a part of.”

So far, many of his Central memories come from the football team, but others originate from the many events on campus every week. His favorite was the hypnotist Campus Activities Board brought this fall. After selecting random students and hypnotizing them, Jacob realized a buddy next to him was accidentally hypnotized in his seat!

“A friend of mine got hypnotized while still in the crowd,” Jacob says with a laugh. “He went on to follow every command that was happening on stage right in his seat!”

Jacob is enjoying every experience he can get at Central, including a wide a variety of classes. Jacob is exploring—he isn’t sure of his major yet. However, he is heavily considering business management or secondary education. Once he figures that out, he can start pursuing other passions—like study abroad. With eight locations around the world, there seem to be too many to choose from!

“I have a small background in Spanish, so maybe Spain or Mexico,” he says. “But I’m really interested in the Netherlands, or maybe England or Wales. I could go anywhere, and that’s a good problem!”

A spiritual student, Jacob has joined Campus Ministries and goes to the weekly gatherings of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Over winter break last year, he went on a mission trip to Texas to work with children in the area and build a few houses.

Although he is undecided in his future, two things are certain. Firstly, Central is going to help him reach his dreams. And secondly, he is stoked his dad stocked him up with all that Central gear over the years! (He definitely needed it to attend all the events on campus.)

“Central’s community, opportunities and facilities are all amazing,” says Jacob. “When I graduate I will be proud to call myself a graduate of Central College.”

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