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Truman State University

Name: William “Boomer” Jenkins
College: Truman State University
Major: Exercise Science

1. What first drew you to Truman?

I had several people from my high school who had gone there before, so I knew the reputation was strong.  It was an affordable school that was semi-close to home. But honestly, they gave me a reallllllly nice scholarship and I couldn’t turn that down.

2. What other colleges were you considering?

Mostly other Midwest schools SLU, Loyola-Chicago, but Truman was my first choice.

3. How was the adjustment from high school to college?

Relatively easy.  Coming from such a small school (I graduated high school with 22 students), I knew that I wouldn’t be able to handle the massive classes at a huge state school.  Truman had the same intimate environment as my high school.  I roomed with someone I had known since I was 5 and I got active in a fraternity, so that helped.  Also, I was only a 3 hour drive from home if things got tough.

4. What was your favorite class? Why?

The first class I took: Sport Management.  I met a lot of people that I stayed friends with and the teacher (who was also my adviser) was a sweet British lady with the best accent.  It was one of the few classes that applied to what I want to do when I grow up, so it was a perfect fit for the first college class.

5. What clubs or groups were you involved in?

Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Phi Epsilon Kappa (Exercise Science Honor Fraternity), Student Recreation Center staff, Men’s Basketball team student manager

6. Anything else you want to tell us?

Truman was great in that they provided free papers every day so I could get my crossword fix. Did me a real solid.

7. In one sentence, what do you love about your school?

I loved that it was a small school and campus, yet maintained most of the opportunities that I may have gotten at a larger school.

Boomer Jenkins is a Tutor at Get Smarter Prep.

Fun Facts about Boomer Jenkins

1.  I was a very accomplished handbell (weird musical instrument that Lutherans play in church mostly) player in high school and was offered a scholarship to play in the best collegiate choir.

2.  I had a tremendous hairstyle through high school and part of college.  It is immortalized on my ID.

3.  My first car was a 1992 Lincoln Town Car.  It was an awful salmon pink color.  I loved it.

4.  I spent 10 days hiking in the mountains of New Mexico and did not shower the entire time.

5.  I have a strange talent for leisure games like pool, shuffleboard, and darts, and I use this talent to my advantage.

6.  I cannot turn off a game show, especially if it is trivia-based like Jeopardy.

7.  My music choices run the gamut.  You might hear 2 Chainz and Thelonious Monk back to back.  

8.  Horror movies and being scared are two things I avoid like the plague.

9.  When I was little, I told people that I was going to grow up and be a sports mascot.  This changed when I met Sluggerrrr (Royals mascot) and he scared poor little me.

10.  I’m an only child so I learned to improvise.  This meant using chess pieces to run football plays and attempting to throw sock balls into cardboard boxes.

Boomer Jenkins is a Tutor at Get Smarter Prep.