As a cadet in the UVA Wise Army ROTC program, a senator in the Student Government Association, a tutor for Tutor Connection, and a residential advisor in a dorm, Jacob Johnson certainly stays busy. The history major from Canton, North Carolina, balances all of these activities with the self-discipline and foresight you’d expect from a future lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Why did you choose UVA Wise?
I hadn’t heard of UVA Wise, and I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical because of how small the school was. Some people tell you that “bigger is better.” But when I heard about their Army ROTC program, I decided to visit campus. I was struck by how beautiful and well-maintained the buildings and campus were, and I met so many people while I was there.
Cost was also an important part of my decision, to be honest. I’m not a rich person, so a full scholarship for three years also made me take UVA Wise seriously. It may be a small school, but it’s an outstanding one. Best decision I’ve ever made.
What would you say to someone who was on the fence about coming to UVA Wise?
If you're even remotely thinking about it, come and do a tour. Being here in person is the best way to see the College for yourself.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m an outdoors person, so I love all of the cool hiking spots in the general area of Wise. Whether it’s High Knob or Devil’s Bathtub, being in the mountains and being in nature is a big part of our school experience, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options as well. There’s tons to do on campus, whether joining a club or a fraternity or sorority or attending activities at the Student Center. Whatever you like to do in your free time, you can do it here at UVA Wise.
What are your plans after graduation?
If everything continues on track, I’ll be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army when I graduate. Then I’ll go off to Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC), where I’ll learn how to do a specific job in the Army. I hope I’ll serve for 20 years. My time at UVA Wise has prepared me well to succeed in my plans beyond college.