Hi Everyone, Jessica here!
The other day, I had the privilege of meeting up with Jim Anderson, one of my friends and colleagues for lunch at Northwest dining hall, conveniently located down the road from the Lodewick Visitors Center.
Jim is not only an energetic and upbeat person, but also an amazing student with many different hobbies and talents. Studying Mechanical Engineering as a member of the UConn Honors Program, he is also the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Scholarship. After graduating from the University of Connecticut at the end of the semester, he hopes to continue on to law school, where he hopes to become a patent lawyer. He decided to choose this career path after realizing that he would rather read about inventions and ideas rather than conduct research.
Although he now has a clear vision of his life goals, Jim originally considered studying the fine arts and originally wasn’t sure if he wanted to attend UConn because of its proximity to his hometown of Manchester, CT. After visiting the university, however, he sensed “good vibes” from the campus and could see himself fitting in with the campus culture during a tour of campus as a prospective student.
As an incoming freshman, Jim immediately clicked with Kyle and Craig, two other freshmen who happened to live on his floor at the time. Inseparable since their first semester, the three of them have lived together throughout their college careers and currently reside in Charter Oak Apartments where they enjoy cooking their own food.
Over the course of his years at UConn, Jim has also had the opportunity to take advantage of pursuing his interests and passions. Gifted with much musical talent, he has played both saxophone and piano. A tap dancer since the age of four, he has graced the stage in the Jorgensen Center for the Performing arts. In addition, Jim has become involved with the Daily Campus and has worked his way to becoming the newspaper’s photo editor over the past four years (an opportunity that he was able to find at the Involvement Fair held within the first few weeks of his first semester).
Reflecting on his time spent at the University, Jim said, “I’ve been able to do most of the things I wanted to do at UConn.” He’s taken interesting classes, had insightful and helpful professors, and even sang “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones at karaoke in the Student Union. He hopes to sleep outside Gampel Pavilion before a basketball game before graduating in May.