Great combination of athletics and science

NAME: Manny Jeffery
CLASS YEAR: 2020
HOMETOWN: Marion, Iowa
MAJOR: Biology

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: I played baseball all four years. I was a member of Student Senate, including this year as an executive team member. I have been involved in three honor societies: Alpha Chi, Phi Eta Sigma, and Tri-Beta. I was also a Supplemental Instruction leader for two years.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: Wartburg offered a great combination of athletic opportunities and a high-caliber science department. I knew I wanted to play college baseball and also prioritized maximizing my chance of academic success. I knew Wartburg had an outstanding biology program that would help me reach my goals, and I felt like I could be a great fit among the baseball team.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: Biology has piqued my interest for as long as I can remember. My best memories throughout my schooling have been related to the sciences, specifically understanding what makes such a vast array of life possible. I remember learning about the circulatory system and dissecting pig hearts in fifth grade and knowing I wanted to be a scientist. By high school I was confident I wanted to be a doctor, and biology made the most sense for me.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: I’ll be attending the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine to become a medical doctor.

Emmanuel Jeffery

HOW HAS WARTBURG SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS IN YOUR FIELD: Every aspect of my growth over the last four years has been shaped by the people I’ve met at Wartburg. The professors have gone beyond the curriculum to push me intellectually, and my coaches and teammates have helped me develop as a person in ways I never could on my own.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: There are so many wonderful memories from my time at Wartburg, but the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded me just how much I love miss May Term. My favorite memory is getting out of class by noon everyday, playing spikeball, volleyball, or some other outdoor game with my best friends then going to baseball practice in the evening and getting to play weekend baseball games in nice weather, finally.

HOW DID YOU BALANCE BEING AN ATHLETE AND TOP STUDENT: Over the course of four years, I learned how to schedule my time efficiently and creatively. Some days it felt like putting a jigsaw puzzle together trying to find time to get everything done. I liked to think of baseball practices as long study breaks to avoid getting overwhelmed. Having friends and teammates who had the same goals and values as I did helped immensely, too. I had to make sacrifices but also learned to prioritize my mental health and happiness. Sometimes going bowling on a Wednesday night with my friends was worth staying up extra late to finish homework. Overall, I liked to take things one week at a time; it allowed me to schedule ahead but not so far ahead that I would get bogged down.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CLASS: My junior year, I took an ID course with Dr. Ed Westen called Food. The course combined science, history, geography, sociology, and who knows what else to explain what most people never think twice about when they eat. We learned about the perception of taste vs. flavor, were able to connect the cultural and historical significance of food, and were introduced to the economic and ecological impacts of producing food, among many other things. It wasn’t really what I had expected, but I’m really happy I took it and would highly recommend it.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST DIFFICULT CLASS: Organic Chemistry was the most difficult class for me. The content was difficult, but the hardest part was adjusting to the workload. It was the first class that really required me to study constantly. After taking that class, I was definitely prepared for other upper level science courses.

WHY IS WARTBURG WORTH IT: The people I met at Wartburg were what truly made it worth it. I know it’s cliché, but I honestly believe it to be true. I made lifelong friends from my first week on campus, I had professors who were instrumental in getting me closer to my goals, and I have a community that I can always go back to and feel at home.