From ballet dancers to astronauts, childhood dreams almost never become reality. For senior Amelia Jacobitz, the situation is no different. Her dreams have wandered far from her original childhood fantasy of becoming a doctor, but now that it’s all said and done, Jacobitz is bounding toward the finish line with no regrets.
Jacobitz was originally interested in and applied at Baylor and Southeast Missouri State. By request from her parents, Curt and Nancy Oerter, she also applied to the University of Nebraska system. “When it came time to make the final choice, I no longer wanted to go far from home, and the scholarships I was awarded made UNK very appealing,” Jacobitz said.
When she began her search for colleges, Jacobitz wanted to major in museum studies or historic preservation.
“Many museums require graduate degrees for the type of work I was interested in, so I decided to major in history and then go to graduate school,” Jacobitz said, “I’m extremely practical and wasn’t convinced that a history degree would be worth much if I decided not to go to graduate school, so I decided to add education.”
During her time on campus, Jacobitz found a place to pursue her dreams, the Frank House, located just north of West Center.
“I volunteered there the second semester of my freshman year and became an employee the fall semester of my sophomore year,” Jacobitz said, “It was one of those right place, right time moments.”
Frank House director Sarah S. Jones said, “Amelia is our Collections Manager and has been integral in cataloging the Frank House’s museum collection.”
After graduating, Jacobitz hopes to find a job teaching high school in the Kearney area. She is planning to stay in Kearney “for the foreseeable future.”
Jacobitz advises younger students to make a plan for their college years. “Do they want to be finished in four years? How many hours will they have to take a semester to accomplish that?” she said.
Jacobitz encourages students to join clubs and find jobs that will help them reach their goal. “I would also encourage them to read books that are not required for their classes. In ten years, you’ll be the same person you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”