Tyler Jones, from Bend, is finishing degrees in Mathematics and Business with a concentration in accounting.
Why did you choose WOU?
I chose WOU to fulfill my dream of collegiate running as part of the cross country and track team.
What do you love most about WOU?
I think the campus and class size is what I love most. It is a small campus to where I find myself running into familiar faces all the time, but it is also big enough to where I feel like I meet and see new people every week. The smaller class sizes enable you to really have a personal relationship with your professors too which I have really enjoyed.
What have some of your extracurriculars been (student clubs, jobs, internships, etc.)? How did those impact your time on campus?
In my time at WOU, I have worked as a math tutor in the Math Center. This was a fantastic experience for me because I got to feel what it’s like to teach a little bit and help out people with a subject I am passionate about. Also, in my last two terms at WOU, I had an internship with the Finance and Administration Department where I helped the budget manager and the VP of Finance and Administration with various tasks including analyzing historical data, performing journal vouchers, and preparing several types of documents. This internship gave me a better look into the finance and numbers behind WOU and a good idea of what a job in this line of work would be like.
What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?
My biggest academic achievement was winning the Elite 90 Award for D2 Men’s Cross Country. This meant I had the highest GPA and most number of credits out of every other person at the D2 Cross Country National Championships.
My biggest athletic achievement was qualifying as an individual to the D2 Cross Country National Championships. In order to do this, I placed 9th in the D2 West Regional meet in Billings, Montana when the weather was 17 degrees Fahrenheit and I ran a PR of 31:12 for 10K.
What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to get my CPA [Certified Public Accountant] license upon completing and passing the CPA exam. Then, I plan to work at a CPA firm and then one day, maybe have my own practice.
What will you miss most about college?
I will miss the people the most. It will be tough not to see and be around all the friends I have grown so close to over the last four years.
What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
My favorite spot on campus is the turf field. I do a lot of runs on it and have a lot of good memories of playing ultimate frisbee and Spikeball with friends there.