Like most high school students, Jake Fillman visited several colleges, in hopes to find a perfect fit. He liked each for what they offered and could go down the checklist of what he would consider the right components of a high quality university. "Then I visited Baylor," he says. "Almost from the moment I set foot on campus, I felt that inexpressible something that every other school had lacked." That something left such a lasting impression that Jake didn't even bother finishing any other applications.
His decision to study math was slower in coming. "There's no sophisticated reasoning involved there; I just have always enjoyed and appreciated mathematics," Jake says. Now a junior, he has expanded his area of study to include minors in physics and computer science.
Jake believes that the faculty at Baylor is one of its best and distinctive points. "The faculty members here are fantastic," he says. "Not only are they skillful teachers, but also caring people; they have a genuine interest in their students as more than just pupils."
As for life in the university community, Jake doesn't see Baylor as one monolithic community. "I feel that Baylor is comprised of a plethora of smaller, overlapping communities working together," he says. "By being involved in any of these smaller groups, I feel like each person contributes in his own unique fashion to university life as a whole.
Waiting with vigilance
Jake doesn't have future plans cemented, but is hopeful. "I'm simply going to be vigilant and wait for whatever opportunities God places before me and try to respond to His will as best as I can," he says.
He is already able to see the value of his education in both practical and intangible ways. "Much of a university education does not directly prepare one for tasks in the real world, but the general thinking and expressive skills developed here at Baylor do pay off in the long run."