Jamir Sanchez '18
Transfer from Belize
Outside the Box
Jamir Sanchez of San Ignacio, Cayo in Belize transferred to Spring Hill College after his freshman year at St. John’s College Junior College in Belize City, a Jesuit institution of higher learning. Jamir is a rising senior in financial economics, whose final walk down the Avenue of the Oaks for commencement is approaching, but he’s excited to serve as a resident advisor for his last year on campus.
Jamir says he was looking for opportunities to finish his undergraduate studies, specifically at a Jesuit institution and, as he says, “Spring Hill fell in my lap.” While searching for the right college, Jamir found that SHC fit every description for what he was looking. “I fell in love with it.” He first recalls attending Badger Expo and then the Beginnings retreat, where he wanted to experience all the possible clubs and organizations in which he could participate and explore campus life. “Beginnings was a nice way to meet upperclassmen from different parts of campus.”
As a transfer student, Jamir has a unique perspective and sound advice for future students, regardless whether they transfer or begin their career here. “I think it’s important for students at SHC to understand that your college experience will come from participating rather than sitting on the sidelines.” He challenges others to step out of their comfort zone, as he did. “It may be cliché, but try doing the things you don’t want to do, or are very afraid of doing. You’ll be surprised at how many memories and stories you’ll have to share.”
“It may be cliché, but try doing the things you don’t want to do, or are very afraid of doing. You’ll be surprised at how many memories and stories you’ll have to share.”
One thing Jamir never expected to happen, and something he says he can thank SHC for, is joining a fraternity. “I was not planning on it at all, but once I became familiar with the members in Delta Chi, I just fit right in with them. It was hard to say no.”
In the classroom, Jamir says his instructors taught him the art of organization by staying focused on the task at hand. “My room became filled with day-to-day lists, and a week-to-week overview of appointments and events to really maximize my time because I did not want to miss anything happening on campus.”
When the time does come for Jamir to walk down the Avenue and complete his undergraduate college career, he says he will be thinking about his family. “I will also reflect on the friends I’ve made, the stories I’ll share and how I can go forward and continue to improve myself and everyone around me.” Jesuit educated, indeed.