Major: Aviation Flight Operations
Hometown: Pine City, New York
Read Jake's Blog: http://westminsterjake.blogspot.com/
Being from a small town in Upstate New York, Jake did not travel outside of the Northeast much as a kid. When he found out about Westminster, he saw the school as an opportunity to branch out and create his own legacy in a part of the country where he knew no one.
He said, “Moving to Utah was like moving to a completely different country for me and people in my hometown even laughed at the idea. Westminster gave me an opportunity to branch out and experience things and places I had never dreamed about. I have met so many amazing people in my four years here. The aviation program has prepared me for a career in Aviation and has given me the tools to be successful. Going to school here was easily the best decision I have ever made and it amazes me how fast these four years have gone.”
Founder of Westminster’s Ice Hockey Club (first club of its kind) and member of ‘Women In Aviation’, Jacob successfully left his mark with Westminster. He was also part of the ASWC (student government) senate and worked in the Admissions office as a student representative.
He attended the National Business Aviation Association conference in Las Vegas his junior year where he was able to meet and network with people closely tied into the corporate aviation industry. Last semester, he interned with Delta airlines and this internship helped him mold his future career plans.
Jacob was a two-year member of the Men’s Lacrosse team that went to Nationals both years and made it all the way to semi-finals in one of them. He and his team also won the conference title his sophomore year.
His favorite memory from college was the 3,500 mile road trip he took with his friends before junior year. He said, “We drove through twelve states and even ventured north into Canada. We did everything from river rafting in Idaho to riding roller coasters at Cedar point. My car broke down in western Ohio which made things interesting.”
Jacob competed in Mr. Westminster this year and had a great time. “It definitely got me out of my comfort zone.”
After graduation, he would like to be a flight instructor here in Utah. He has also applied at a Navy Officer candidate school to try and fulfill his dream of being a Naval Aviator.
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