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The Yellow Jacket men’s basketball team is enjoying its most successful season in nearly a decade, and if you’re trying to pinpoint how they’ve been able to pull that off, you may want to start in Willison Hall—Room 605 to be exact. That’s the current home of Jacob Fleegle and Thomas Ellis, the team’s second and third leading scorers, respectively. The two started as roommates freshman year after a recommendation from their head coach Mark Christner, and they’ve been living together ever since. Recently, they shared a glimpse into their experience as roommates and even offered a word of advice for incoming students…

 

Thomas Ellis Name Jacob Fleegle
Junior Class Junior
Fresno, Ohio Hometown Jennerstown, Pa.
Christian environment, small class size, family member’s positive experience, ability to play basketball Why WU? Basketball is the main reason I came to WU. Once I came for my visit and tour, I fell
in love with it.
Small Business Management; Marketing minor Major History (Secondary Education); Political Science minor
Basketball, FCA leader,
Student Ambassador
Activities at WU Basketball, FCA, possibly golf
this spring
Coach Christner gave us each other’s numbers, and we began to text over the summer. The more we talked, the more we realized how alike we were and that rooming together would be a good idea. How did you become roommates? Coach Christner helped us to meet each other with basketball, and we were both looking for someone to room with. We have been rooming together ever since.
We overslept for our freshman Fiat Lux trip to Washington, D.C., and had to get ready in record speed to catch the bus. We were literally the last people on the seven buses that went on the trip. Best memory as roommates Helping a friend push their broken down car back to campus from McCracken Pharmacy (about ½ mile away) at midnight one night.
Have your roommate become one of your closest friends because it will make your life much easier. Tips for incoming freshmen
who will be roommates
Communicate in advance if possible to get on the same page and get to know each other in advance.
Snack food, fridge, TV Top item(s) necessary for living in the residence halls Refrigerator
Yes. Being able to live with someone that encourages and challenges me in everything I do is something I would not be able to replace. If you had to do it all over again, would you still live together? Why? Yes. We both get along greatly and are on similar schedules.  We have not had any problems as roommates.

 

When asked if he had anything else to add, Thomas quickly pointed to his freshman year experience in a traditional residence hall. "Living in Martin Hall freshman year made the transition into college much more enjoyable," he said. "The community that our floor had was awesome!"

Thomas, Jacob and the rest of the Yellow Jackets head to Bethany College this Saturday to compete in the ECAC Southwest Tournament. Waynesburg takes on Hood in a semifinal matchup, with the winner advancing to Sunday's championship. It's the first time the men's basketball program has qualified for postseason play since its 2005-06 campaign. Good luck, Jackets!

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As the college search continues for many high school students, the question of whether to attend a secular or Christian institution
may come to the forefront of the discussion. This can be a difficult topic, as students try to discern where God is leading them in the midst of such b2ap3_thumbnail_Waynesburg-University-Chapel.pngtransition and change. While individuals searching for their true calling and direction in life can certainly follow God’s will at secular schools, there are advantages to attending a Christian college or university. Here are the top three…

3. Academic instruction.  In many cases, choosing a Christian institution means choosing a smaller setting. According to collegestats.org, 817 of the country’s religiously affiliated schools have less than 5,000 students. And nearly 400 of those have less than 1,000. So what’s that mean for your academics? It means smaller class sizes, more hands-on learning opportunities and much more individualized attention from faculty. Also, often times, those professors will share the Christian perspective on the subject matters they teach (after laying out all of the facts, of course), allowing students to explore and discover in an informed manner.

2. Service opportunities.  Matthew 20:28 reads, “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”  Thus, it’s no surprise that the types of institutions that bear Christ’s name provide boundless opportunities for their students to serve the world around them. Whether it’s serving locally at Habitat for Humanity or traveling halfway across the globe to work with impoverished youth, these experiences prove life altering for so many. And the best schools will seek not only to provide these outlets at their respective institutions, but also to equip their students for a lifetime of servitude for the glory of God.

1. Students’ holistic development.  To many (including myself!), the No. 1 reason to consider a Christian college or university is the opportunity to develop holistically as a person. From top to bottom, the faculty and staff at these institutions care about so much more than just what letter goes down in the grade book. They pour their heart, soul and precious time into students to ensure that they’re not only better job prospects, but that they’re also better men and women of God. And at a time when fiscal responsibility is on the top of everyone’s priority list, that type of college experience is a value that’s worth every single penny. 

Dave Floyd is an Admissions Counselor at Waynesburg University, whose travel territory includes Westmoreland County, Eastern Pennsylvania and the Northeast states. He is also a 2012 Waynesburg alumnus.

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It's that time of year again, the time when applications begin flooding into colleges and universities nationwide. As you get set to do the same—or maybe more importantly, as you begin your high school career—here's the top 5 things that will make you a better college prospect…

5. Don't wait until junior year. Too many students make the grave mistake of “slacking off” during their freshman and sophomore years. Unfortunately for those students, college admissions offices don't look the other way at those years when that happens. The first two years count, as well, so start well and finish strong.

4. Challenge yourself…smartly. Post-secondary schools want to see that you're taking rigorous college preparatory curriculum throughout your high school career (again, from freshman year on). However, if you're still struggling with the definition of a function, AP Calculus probably isn't your best bet.

3. Get involved…but not just to be involved. It's important to be involved in extracurricular activities, from sports, to theater, to community service organizations. Don't, however, just join to say you're a member. Be committed, and even strive for a leadership position or special honor within the organization, for that, too, will be looked highly upon by colleges.

2. Set yourself apart in the application process. “Well, duh,” you might be saying, “isn't that the whole point of this thing?” And, of course, it is. What I mean by this, though, is use your essay, letter(s) or recommendation, and all the other supplementary materials wisely. Make the individual of your application say, “Wow, this student's different—in a good way—and we need him/her on our campus.” Who knows, maybe that'll even help lessen the blow of that C in 10th grade English.

1. Maintain a solid academic record. There's obviously much more to it than this (see above), but quality grades and test scores are a critical part of the process. At most places, you won't need a 4.3 GPA and 35 ACT, but it's imperative to work and work throughout your high school career to make sure you are where you need to be when it comes time to start filling out those applications.

Dave Floyd is an Admissions Counselor at Waynesburg University, whose travel territory includes Westmoreland County, Eastern Pennsylvania and the Northeast states. He is also a 2012 Waynesburg alumnus.

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