Alumnus Alex Jantz graduated in 2013 and went to Baylor University. While in high school Jantz managed the football team, played basketball and participated in NHS.
What have you done after high school?
“After graduating in 2013, I started school at Baylor University,” Jantz. “Starting out, I was determined to be a doctor, but along the way I stumbled into Higher Education Administration and that is what pushed me to apply for graduate schools. I am currently still at Baylor. I earned my BS in Psychology in May and am now working toward an MSEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs. As part of my masters program, I also work in the Student Activities Office at Baylor as the Graduate Apprentice for Union Board which is a programming board for the Student Union Building. Each week I put on events for all students and get to showcase my love for Baylor and her students which is really exciting. I will graduate with my masters in May of 2019. Also while at Baylor, I was very involved on campus. I worked as an extended orientation, or Baylor Line Camp, leader where I helped welcome students into the Baylor family. I also rushed Zeta Tau Alpha and worked on both programming council and the executive council within that organization along with many other small committees.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“One of the jobs I had while in undergrad was working as an office assistant in one of the residence halls on campus,” Jantz said. “As part of this job, I had a lot of interaction with the hall director. On many occasions, my hall director would ask me why I had never worked as a CL, community leader or RA. Through many conversations, my hall director helped me realize that a lot of the experiences I had enjoyed while in college were indicative of a career in higher education administration. My boss saw something in me that I wasn’t able to put together myself and he pushed me to apply to higher ed programs. He’s the reason I am in this program today (Shout out to Chris Kuhl).”
What are your plans for the future?
“I still have some time to figure out my future plans, but being in this graduate program has made me really think about the idea of getting a doctorate,” Jantz said. “I would love to be able to be a professor or a dean someday. I love interacting with college students and getting to experience life with them. No matter what I end up doing, I just want to be able to impact the lives of students like so many administrators have impacted my life. I love this field and the people in it because there is a dedication and love for not only people and learning but also for the future.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“It’s a cliché, but embrace your time in high school because it goes by a lot faster than you would think,” Jantz said. “Before you know it you will have graduated from high school and college and you’ll be responsible for bills and grown up things that aren’t so much fun. Dedicate time to your schoolwork and learn how to study. High school was very easy for me so I had a hard transition to college because I didn’t know what it meant to actually sit down and study. This made me lose confidence in my abilities because I thought I wasn’t cut out for college, but in reality I just had to learn how to apply myself in the classroom in order to get results. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Teachers and professors want to see you succeed. I was always afraid to admit I needed help and I regret that now, so don’t be like me. Embrace the awkwardness and let them help you.”