Purposeful Lives

Jimmy K., senior, finance
Jimmy, K., senior, finance
Jimmy K. wrapped up his junior year at Schreiner University in a historical fashion—he was part of the SU men’s golf team, which won the university’s first NCAA Championship title since becoming a four-year institution in 1982.

“It is a surreal feeling,” said the finance major from San Antonio. “It still hasn’t fully set in, but at the same time, I feel accomplished because we, as a team, were able to achieve the ultimate goal. We worked all season and offseason to give ourselves the chance to be there and we were able to come out on top.”

Jimmy, who placed individually in the top five during the championship, knew Schreiner University was the place he wanted to attend college because of the size and the opportunity to continue to play golf after high school.

“I was a big fan of the class sizes because you would get that one-on-one interaction with your professors, and you were not just a number,” he said. “I also believed the coaches would help me improve my golf game, and courses we are privileged to play on are nothing short of excellent.”

During his freshman year, Jimmy admits to struggling with time management and his grades and performance on the golf course suffered because of it.

“The myth is that you have to give up time with your friends to do well in class or in your sport, but if you manage your time wisely you can have it all,” he said. “When I finally started to manage my time better, not only did my grades improve but my golf game improved.”

Jimmy is the first to admit that his first year at Schreiner University was a wake-up call, but it has only served to push him toward success.

“I had a spot on the travel team no matter what in high school,” he said. “When I came to Schreiner, I realized I was going to have to work much harder if I wanted to compete with all the great golfers. These things help me to push myself to do the best I can.”