Intern Intro: Jacob

Name: Jacob Biese
Age: 21
Hometown: Hortonville
School attending: UW Fox-Valley/May-July 2019


Tell us about your background: 
I am, and have been, a curious guy always seeking a new experience. Rather than listing off a bunch of experiences I’ve had to “sum-up” my life, I would like to say that I have lived most of my life with doors wide open; as I’ve grown up I have become more grounded in my faith, have become more ambitious in acquiring knowledge, and hope to involve myself more with my community. Things I enjoy doing however are: being active outside, backpacking, camping, canoeing, hiking, reading, writing, holding potlucks, deep conversation, really anything that invigorates the spirit.


Why did you want to be an intern at FCM?
I was hoping to get engaged in the journalist lifestyle as soon as possible. FCM, seems like a great place to help tread the waters, and learn about the rules of the game. P.s. it seemed like a pretty nice place to work as well.


What’s your favorite thing about the Fox Cities?
The combination of nature and city. I believe this area is a unique place to live compared to the rest of the world, it has a touch of old and new, nature and urban, calm and upbeat. It feels disconnected from the rest of the world and lives in its own little bubble. 


The last book you read:
The last book I have read would be “Sidewalk”, by Mitchell Duneier, which would be an ethnographic novel about poverty in Greenwich, New York.


Last movie you watched:
Not going to lie I’m not sure; I don’t watch too many movies.


Any hidden talents?
It’s really hard to pin the tail on donkey with this one. Ummm… I like fashioning stone jewelry, I meditate and pray an extensive amount, I love to do informal study, gosh many of the things I would say are my ‘hidden’ talents are the things I just do habitually. 


What can’t you live without?
Water. Whole milk. Books. Food.


What’s the biggest risk you ever took?
Many. Many, Many, Many… The best/biggest risk I’ve taken would probably be backpacking Australia alone (I had help here and there, but a majority was just backing the coast). There are many other risks that went along with it, like skydiving, snorkeling the great barrier reef (I saw a shark( I am petrified of sharks)), and many other great and wonderful risks.


What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
  1. The purpose of life is simple: just do your best.
  2. Without knowledge you become dependent, with knowledge you become free.
  3. Without asking questions of life, you will never get an answer.


Describe your perfect Saturday:
4 a.m. – Wake up/ shower/ prayer at home
5-5:30 – Breakfast (fruits, cereal, glass of milk)
Head to congregational prayer / reflection / reading scripture
7 am. – Some form of physical exercise (Pilates, running, hiking)
8:30 – 11:30 – Self studies (learning a language, history, debate, etc.)
11:30 – 12:15 – Nap
12:15-12:45 – Lunch
1 – Congregational prayer
From here on out – Where ever the day takes me (and other congregational prayers). I love to do misc. activities with friends after this time. But I really aim to get something accomplished everyday.


Stay tuned for Jacob’s blog series coming this summer!
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