He was in the A+ program which means he was granted two years of free school at OTC (Ozarks Technical College) here in town. He is also a big track and field star and OTC doesn’t offer that. To our surprise, MSU (Missouri State University) no longer has a men’s track team either. I was told they used to have 21 sports at that school and now they only have 16.
The quest was on to find a college where he could major in Biology and be on a track team. He did all the research himself, made endless phone calls and filled out massive amounts of paperwork. He was interested in Drury because they do have a track team and they even have a Decathlon which is what he has participated in for the last two summers at Nationals (Junior Olympics). But CMU (Central Methodist University) made him the best offer.
At CMU he was able to stack his athletic scholarship and academic dough together and he even applied for a scholarship through the church that he was raised in (Methodist Church). He scored some money there as well. It’s a good thing all of this happened because lord knows we don’t have the money to send him there. As it is he will owe a little less than what it costs to attend one year at CMU in loans when he’s done. And that’s if everything stays like it is now. I have a feeling it will be even better next year in the way of athletic offerings.
We moved Jordan to Fayette, MO last Saturday. The school is quaint, kind of like Drury but maybe even smaller. The buildings have that old, cool architecture and the dorms are decent. The food was pretty good as well. We all had lunch at the cafeteria that day.
He will major in Marine Biology and he already got a job in the office there on campus. That’s a good thing! The town is very small and honestly I think I would go crazy living there but he doesn’t seem to mind. I made a joke that he will get into trouble because of lack of stuff to do, or he’ll get into trouble because he’ll be driving to Columbia every single weekend. Frank didn’t think that was very funny.
He will toss the discus on their track team and the coach had maybe mentioned hammer throw as well. We’ll see. He’s had some trouble with one of his ankles and he’s pulled a hamstring a couple of times as well, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the inuries lay low.
Good luck Jordan. You are fine young man and I’d like to think that your family had a little bit to do with that!