Jacob DeGroot is a first-year English major at Marian University and a valued player on the men’s volleyball team.

“I’m from Kaukauna, WI. I’ve been playing sports my whole life. I played tennis for four years in high school. I was on Varsity for three years playing doubles. I really enjoyed it, but moving on as a collegiate athlete I knew it wasn’t something I wanted to continue with and I was a lot better at volleyball so I chose volleyball. I started playing my freshman year of high school because my older brother had been playing volleyball and he was the one who wanted me to play. I wouldn’t be playing without him. He’s been a big role model for me.

Now, I’m on the Men’s Volleyball team here. I knew most of the guys already from high school so I had a good idea of who the team was and I really enjoyed it coming in. Being on the team is a good influence on me mostly because it helps me keep on track. I have to stay on top of my grades in order to play.

I chose to major in English because during my senior year of high school, one of my teachers was a really good influence and I liked how he taught. Since then, I’ve wanted to be an English teacher. After graduation, I’m hoping to teach high school but I might move on from that. I’m not sure where I really want to go with my English major.

I chose Marian because my sister went here. I knew the campus a little bit and she said she really enjoyed it. Volleyball was also a huge reason why I chose to come here and they had the major I needed. I like the campus. I think the campus is very beautiful. The students are very nice, the teachers are very nice and very understanding.”