“I have a dream to be debt-free by the age of 25,” said Jordan Theisen, a junior at Saint John’s University. He believes he can accomplish that goal with the help of scholarships and aid.
Theisen is a computer science major and a recipient of the Galileo Scholarship. In choosing a major, Theisen went with his gut. “As a kid, I played on computers a lot, and I’d always take them apart. Coming into college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and it felt like a natural choice.” After college, Theisen hopes to go into web development. Even though computer science is a challenging major, the reward is high, he says. While his friends can finish ten math problems in 30 minutes, Theisen says he will sometimes spend hours cracking one code for a computer science class.
Though coursework is time-consuming, Theisen is also a member of the Army National Guard and pole vaults and long jumps for the track and field team. Between monthly Army training and track practice, he keeps busy on and off campus. Theisen is eligible for deployment at any time, but he hopes to get his degree before serving the Army.
When Theisen was choosing a college, the St. Cloud native had the support of his parents, but he and his sister are the first in their family to pursue baccalaureate degrees. “All credit goes to Saint John’s; their financial aid office has been so incredible, I can’t thank them enough. I get a personal experience every time.”