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James Falconer Ross
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Program of study: High Energy Particle Physics
1. Why did you choose Creighton?
Creighton gives me an amazing opportunity to get back into the swing of learning after taking a year of following my undergraduate stint at Pepperdine University. A friend of mine from Pepperdine (Andrew Turvey, now in his second year) recommended Creighton and I got in with a teaching fellowship and have been learning an incredible amount.
2. What made you decide to pursue education in this program?
This program is a good choice for a strong thesis and some great work opportunities at CERN or Brookhaven National Labs, which will in turn help me get into a good PhD program.
3. What are your interests outside of graduate school?
Acting (though I have not had much time in the past few years) is my best loved hobby, so much so that my choice was between physics and theater for my undergraduate degree. Iíve also done various martial arts, particularly tae kwon do, and I love hiking, dancing, skiing, video games, and running marathons around the world with my father. Travel is another passion of mine: I have been to six continents (missing Australia), at least 40 countries (mostly Europe) and have been to the North Pole (2006 North Pole Marathon).
4. What experiences at Creighton have best prepared you for life after college?
Though it is my first semester, I have found that I do indeed have a work ethic. This was somewhat in doubt as procrastination plagued me in my undergraduate years. The ability to work had until I get something done will be invaluable. No doubt the learning I receive here will be of great assistance later in life as well.
5. What is your most memorable experience at Creighton?
Well as I said I havenít had much time here so far, but Iíve had some good times with the friends Iíve made here. Sitting in Stan Schnellís (one of the other teaching fellows, soon to graduate) back yard eating home grown cherry tomatoes while barbecuing rates high on my list of experiences at Creighton.
6. What is one thing that you have accomplished that makes you proud?
I set two goals for myself when I was younger, be an eagle scout, and become a black belt in tae kwon do. I am happy to say that I succeeded at both, having had one of the most ambitious eagle projects anyone had ever heard of (over 330 man hours spent organizing other scouts and friends to build sound paneling for my church back home) and I am now a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do thanks to 17 years experience in the art.
7. What have you most enjoyed about your experience at Creighton?
The people Iíve met and discovering that I am in fact able to handle physics, even given one of the most challenging professors at the school for my first semester. I also love the Omaha area and have spent a lot of time running through it, particularly out west.
8. Are you involved in any community service activities? If so please specify.
I am not at the moment, I have very little time aside from school.