Jarrett Mylander
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Meet SPU Expert: Jarrett Mylander
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Year: Senior
Major: Business administration with an emphasis in international business.
Campus Involvement: I’m president of the Nordic Club and a member of Centurions, SPU’s men’s honorary.
Hobbies: I love sports of all kinds, and I’m a huge fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. I also enjoy music, am involved in two SPU choirs, and want to learn how to play the guitar and the piano.
What is one thing you wish you’d done but didn’t do during your freshman year at SPU? Destinee Evers, Yelm, WA
I wish I had taken advantage of Seattle earlier. It’s an amazing city with a lot of things to do, and I’ve just recently tried to capitalize on that. Seattle offers huge amounts of music, art, sports, restaurants, festivals, and many more activities.
Do you learn practical and hands-on material for your major and feel prepared to put your knowledge into action? Kira Hendricksen, Sequim, WA
From economics to information systems, business majors like me learn what every good businessperson should know to be competent in real life. For example, in my Operations Management class, I worked with a group on a business plan for Treehouse, an organization that works with foster children in the Seattle area. We presented a better plan for distributing presents at their Holiday Magic event. Our presentation was heard by executives from Treehouse as well as people representing KIRO, a local news station, and the funding director for Girl Scouts. These were real businesspeople, and we presented a real plan that they are putting into use.
How understanding are SPU teachers when conflicts such as doctor’s appointments or other things come up?
Adam Martinek, Spokane Valley, WA
Professors know every student and are willing to work with you, if you show responsibility. Most professors will also give you the schedule for the entire quarter in the first or second class. That way you can schedule ahead of time.
What are weekends like at SPU? Rachel Burke, Andover, MN
Camping trips and hikes are always popular, and there are always the local neighborhoods to enjoy. Everything is really close to SPU, so finding something to do is really easy. People hang out on campus too, so if you don’t feel like spending money or going anywhere, you can always find something to do in your dorm.
Do you have questions about university life? Oh, come on — you know you have questions! We’re here to help. We’ve got SPU students lining up to tell it like it is. Submit any thoughts, concerns, or questions to etc@spu.edu.
Is it easy to get out of the city and into more wilderness type areas? Trista Yancey, Wrangell, AK
Yes, even if you don’t have a car. There are a ton of people at SPU who love hiking, camping, climbing, and anything else outdoors, so you won’t have a hard time finding someone who has a car to go with you.
Should you room with someone you know or someone new? Justine Myers, Lynden, WA
I didn’t know both my roommates from my freshman and sophomore years, and they are now two of my best friends. This isn’t the case for everyone, but I would still suggest rooming with someone new. Even if your rooming experience doesn’t go well freshman year, you could always move in with a friend sophomore year.
What opportunities does SPU have to help you grow as a Christian? Marissa Thomas, Wenatchee, WA
We have a great Chapel and ministries programs here, with lots of opportunities to be involved. I would recommend joining a small group as soon as you start meeting the people on your floor. SPU also provides urban and global outreach programs, so all you have to do is sign up.
How much money did you receive in grants and scholarships to attend SPU, and are you managing to stay financially stable? Selina Stroud, Burlington, WA
Over the course of my time at SPU, I have kept up with scholarship applications, and I am now receiving about $13,000 a year in grants and scholarships. Student Financial Services has a huge book of available scholarships, and there is a weekly email sent to all students with alerts for new scholarships.
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