Wartburg helps me live out my faith

NAME: Jaderial Staebler 

CLASS YEAR: 2021

HOMETOWN: Guttenberg 

MAJOR: Business administration (marketing and management concentration)

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS:  Fellowship of Christian Athletes, track and field, Ambassadors, Catholic Knights

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: After I visited other schools and then came here, Wartburg felt like home. The feeling of this being the place where I belong, along with having friendly and welcoming faces, really made me feel good.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR MAJOR: I like all of the opportunities I have with my major. In my business career preparation class, we’re learning about building resumes and writing cover letters. We also have the chance to meet with people and job shadow. That’s giving me the opportunity to figure out exactly what I want to do. Within my major, I have to take so many different general education classes, so it’s also giving me an idea of what I’m not interested in, which is good. 

Jaderial Staebler

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER IMAGINED YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: We didn’t have Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at my high school, so I was interested in that at Wartburg. I never thought I would be on the leadership team, and I am this year. That is something really cool I can be a part of and hopefully I can work my way up to being part of the executive team. 

HOW ARE YOU LIVING OUT THE WARTBURG MISSION: My faith comes into play at Wartburg through my involvement with FCA. They give a good base for first-years to become involved. It’s very open and has given me the opportunity to make that a part of my faith along with Catholic Knights. At Wartburg, they leave it open to you to how you want to live out your faith. Wartburg also does a really good job of giving leadership opportunities. This past summer I was a part of the Leadership and Service Summit (LSS) as a mentor, so that was a great way to be involved in Wartburg and work on building my leadership skills.

DO YOU HAVE ANY MENTORS AT WARTBURG: Coach Marcus Newsom is definitely a big mentor in my life. He always knows what to say and is always positive. Ashley Lang (assistant director of the Institute for Leadership Education) has also been there for me. She’s part of the leadership minor and was part of LSS, so she’s guided me along the way. My adviser, Dr. Allan Bernard, has helped me figure out what I want to do and what my end goal is. Everyone in Admissions has done a good job at making us all feel welcome. It’s a very enjoyable place to work, so they’ve all been mentors to me as well.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MOMENTS: Outfly is always really fun. It’s just great to see everyone from campus come together on that day. Every day I love the familiarity with people around campus and having that connection with other people is really awesome to me. One of my favorite places to spend my time is with my track and field team and to be and succeed with them. Winning indoor conference track is one of my favorite memories. That’s something that’s stuck out to me as a really cool thing to be a part of. To see the track team come together and all put in the effort to work towards a common goal is awesome.

WHY IS WARTBURG WORTH IT: Wartburg is worth it because it gives us the opportunity to learn more about our careers and who we eventually want to be, and it gives us those four pillars to really build on. As a liberal arts college, Wartburg helps us become well-rounded human beings with our morals, faith, and leadership. Wartburg is helping me figure out who I am and who I want to be in the future.