James Jesperson, Jr.
"I played soccer on UWFox’s state championship soccer team this past fall. I’m also involved in the campus’ veterans’ club and I’ve found quite a few students in it that have backgrounds and experiences similar to mine."
Hometown: Merrill, WI
Current Residence: Kimberly, WI
When attended UWFox: Spring 2008 – Fall 2010
Background before UWFox:
“I graduated from Merrill HS in Spring 2000. While I was in high school, I worked at my family’s restaurant and at a retail grocery store. During the summer after I graduated from high school, I worked for Kolbe and Kolbe in Wausau making custom windows.
“In the Fall after I graduated from high school I enlisted into the U.S. Army and was sent to Basic Training and job training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. I later returned to Merrill as an Army Reservist, and enrolled for a semester at UW-Marathon County [Wausau] in the spring of 2001.
“I eventually dropped out of college to work in sales and marketing for several cellular telephone companies. I also worked in construction and did some bartending. In December 2005, I received my notice that I was being deployed to serve with the Army in Iraq. I was sent to Army training in Missouri, California and Minnesota. In July 2006, I was deployed to Aramadi, Iraq, and eventually earned the rank of E6/Sgt. After I returned home in September 2007 from my tour of duty, I spent several months catching up with my family and personal life in Merrill.”
Why did you choose UWFox?
“I really liked the Fox Cities and decided to move here. I wanted to continue my college education and enrolled at UWFox in January 2008.”
Have you chosen a major?
“I’m majoring in health science and human performance within the field of athletics.”
What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding?
“I really like the size of the classes here. The campus has a very positive environment and the professors are always available to help me when I ask for assistance. The hybrid ‘Fast Track’ program is a very attractive option for me. When I returned to college at UWFox I was much more focused and goal-oriented than I was previously. I’m not as concerned about my social life now as I was back then. I’m learning life skills in addition to class content.”
What are your career plans after graduation from UWFox
“I’m looking at eventually transferring to UW-Green Bay or UW-Madison to compete my bachelor’s degree. After I get into a career in health science I may also look into studying law in the future.”
Other interesting things you’d like to share?
“I played soccer on UWFox’s state championship soccer team this past fall. I’m also involved in the campus’ veterans’ club and I’ve found quite a few students in it that have backgrounds and experiences similar to mine.”
“From the Fall 2008 through Spring 2009 I worked part-time at the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Appleton as part of my campus work-study program.”