Delzer appreciating support, success at U of Jamestown
Alex Delzer’s journey from Shiloh Christian High School in Bismarck to the University of Jamestown (UJ) started with uncertainty. Today, as a UJ junior and trailblazing mechanical engineering major, uncertainty has been replaced by strong appreciation and affection.
Delzer, who is also currently UJ student senate president, said two things combined to swing the door open there for him. “I was very appreciative of how they recruited people,” Delzer says. “When I came to tour the campus, they genuinely cared about me. I could tell they wanted me to go there – they remembered my name!” He said he saw this treatment extended to other prospects, as well.
Delzer adds that the notion of a small private college being very expensive was quickly, effectively dispelled. He learned of and has been able to take advantage of abundant UJ scholarship support, which has put his college education expenses on a par with public college costs.
His entry into the new UJ mechanical engineering degree program was paved with his interest in math and robotics. “The program has been good. The coursework is difficult, and that’s to be expected, but what I love is they give you all the tools – they want you to succeed,” he says. Delzer says he and his engineering classmates appreciate abundant faculty and mentor support during their navigation through complex engineering coursework.
Delzer observes that his UJ experience has featured important growth, beyond classroom achievement. “It’s the different people and cultures you come across, and it’s such a transition time,” Delzer says. “You are completely independent, and have space to grow and learn. For me and my friends, we’re not the same people we were freshman year.”
Upon graduation, Delzer eyes returning to live and prosper in Bismarck, where his family ties and preferences are strong.
And, aligned with the UJ Christian traditions, Delzer heeds the calling of a supreme mentor.
“My faith in Jesus is the most important thing in my life,” he says. “I want to go where he’s calling me.”