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José Mejia

Sure, a lot of students are involved in a lot of activities in high school and college.

But José Mejia stands out.

He even tries activities and courses he's not interested in, just in case it could help him in the future.

For him, the easiest way to open a door is to try.

He tried an internship in high school, when he was pretty sure he wanted to go into physical therapy. But once he tried it, he realized, he's really more of a business man.

His first year at Doane, he tried for the TRIO Leadership Team. At a TRIO presentation he happened to meet a state senator from central Nebraska. Soon, they were having a conversation that led to an interview that led to a job at the state capitol. He spent the summer reviewing unsuccessful bills and researching ways to strengthen proposed bills.

He learned great ideas aren't enough.

"It takes a lot of dedication and detailed work to convince an audience of what you believe."

The next summer, trying for a new Doane internship program landed him a job with the Panama Canal Authority in Panama City, Panama.

(Definitely something you don't get unless you try.)

One project allowed him to evaluate potential savings of consolidating goods in the Canal's purchasing, warehousing and inventories division.

José was born in California, but grew up in Columbus, Nebraska. A favorite calculus instructor who graduated from Doane urged José to pay Doane a visit. Once he did he was "so intrigued by the Business and Athletic departments I had to pay a second visit."

He didn't know what to study that first year. But he figured the more activities he tried, the more people he met, the more he would know.

Today, he's involved in no less than eight Doane organizations, like soccer, Campus Crusade for Christ, a fraternity and Student Congress. He's majoring in business administration and Spanish.

Doane, he says, really is a place where you can figure out what you want to do and work with people who will help you do it.

"The classrooms average about 10 students. If you did not know the person to your left, you will know them by the end of the semester."

Doane professors help, too. You can go to them with questions (a lot of questions, he says!)

Someday, he would like to work for a U.S. company in a role that lets him travel and help companies prosper.

His advice for future Doane students? You guessed it: Get involved. Try.

"I've met more people than I could ever have imagined and the doors keep opening. I hope you get the best out of Doane as I have."