Just trying to keep my life organized
“This is what you shall do;
Love the earth and sun and the animals,
give alms to every one that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others,
argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence toward the people,
take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men,
go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families,
read these leaves in the open air every season
of every year of your life,
re-examine all you have been told
at school or church or in any book,
dismiss whatever insults your own soul,
and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
Walt Whitman This is what you shall do
Bridgewater State University 17′
University of Massachusetts Amherst 19′
Jacob’s more formal academic experiences in higher education begin at Bridgewater State University where he majored in Physical Education. As Jacob developed connections with staff and faculty at BSU, he knew higher education would be a space he could empower student leaders and work to make an impact in his community. In May of 2019, Jacob graduated UMass Amherst with a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Here, Jacob learned invaluable lessons and found a passion for teaching and learning. Jacob plans to use these tools to influence his work and create engaging and challenging environments for students and athletes that he will work with over the course of his career.
Ashland State Park, MA
Ashland Half Marathon (2016)
Cohasset Sprint Triathlon (2017)
Amherst Half Marathon (2018)
Endurance has always been somewhat of a saving grace for Jacob. As an athlete in High School, Jacob loved playing soccer and running track. Fittingly, he played in the midfield and ran the two mile because running always came easy. There’s something about being able to push yourself to your physical limits that is incredibly rewarding. Beyond the physiological benefits, mentally, there is so much to explore when it comes to ultra endurance. Jacob plans to include this in his future research as a PhD student at Springfield College. Jacob is currently training for his first Ironman 70.3 but has aspirations to devote his life to endurance challenges beyond this event.
In 2017, Jacob dedicated 365 blog posts to detail experiential lessons on how gratitude can change a life. The Gratitude Journal is Jacob’s first public writing project shared for free on his blog, gratitude-journal.com. Here, he writes short stories and his personal account of how gratitude can be used to combat bouts of depression and anxiety. Jacob continues to keep a daily journal on life and gratitude but is planning future projects to share his writing. During COVID-19 quarantine, Jacob took up poetry as a hobby and an interest. Click “Learn more” below to check out some of his recent poems and corresponding pictures.
If you would like to learn more about Jacob’s educational background and academic pursuits… read more.
If you would like to learn more about Jacob’s athletic interests…read more.
If you would like to learn more about Jacob’s public writing… read more.
“I am not what I ought to be, not what I want to be, not what I am going to be, but I am thankful that I am better than I used to be.”
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