Jonathon Christiansen '15

October 30, 2013

Class Year: 2015

Hometown: Delphi, Ind.

Major:Biology-Chemistry

Clubs and Activities: Lil 500 and Intramural sports

Why did you decide to transfer?
A friend from back home attends SJC, and she recommended a good Biochemistry program.

What were you looking for in a college?
Friendship and professors who are easy to get along with.

Why did you choose SJC?
I chose SJC because it has a great Biology-Chemistry program. 

How easy was it to transfer? 
When I called SJC, I was told that I needed to talk to Casey Hitchcock to get everything figured out to transfer here. She is amazing and helped me out a ton with transferring and getting all of my paperwork situated. I talked to her many times. She made me feel really welcome to come here. I looked forward to it so much. Everybody here is really enthusiastic and willing to help me get everything set up with no problem.

Are you receiving financial aid/scholarships? Is SJC helping you make your college education affordable?
I do receive financial aid and scholarships which make SJC affordable for me. If it wasn't for the school helping, I wouldn't be here.

SJC Family and Community
Last year was my first year here. I got paired up with a soccer player as a roommate. As it turned out, he and the rest of the freshmen at the time turned into my best friends. They're like my family, and I wouldn't know what to do without them. The community around campus makes me feel at home and helps me get over being homesick. They really care for you and are concerned.

What do you think of your classes?
Classes are most of the time no bigger than 20 people. It reminds me a lot of back home classes. I grew up in a small community. Having small classes makes a huge improvement on learning and understanding the material.

The Core Program 
At first, I wasn't a big fan of Core. This year I'm a lot more used to it and glad it is this way. If I was at another college, I would have to take general education classes.

How are you maintaining your faith and service at SJC?
I am not Catholic; however, I am a Christian. Even though I am not Catholic, I am still involved with Kairos. SJC helps me keep in touch with my faith even though I am not of Catholic affiliation.

Have you found it easy to make friends and become involved here at SJC?
This year, I am part of the freshmen seminar class and I am a freshmen leader for a class. They really offer many ways for incoming students to get involved and meet new people. I never took the freshmen seminar class so this is new to me, but I have realized they really push students to get involved.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to either attend medical school or become involved with agriculture.

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  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.

     

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.