Jorgen Rasmussen

Contact Information

Role: Student

Position: Graduate Student

  • Economics

Department: Economics


Bachelor of Arts: Economics

First Generation Story

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” This was what Nelson Mandela once said and I wanted to change the world. Thus I hope that my story may hold useful insights and inspiration for others on the path I tread. My origins may have been humble, a small farm, but I was determined to leave this world a better place then I found it. Fortunately for me that farm taught me the value of hard work, a value I was to use take aim at better educating myself. Neither of my parents had a college degree but they were both curious people and passed that trait on to me and my siblings. Thus in that little hamlet I began to slake my thirst for learning and self-betterment. After finishing my high school education I went to community college. In spite of what some might say, I believe that everyone would be well served to start their college adventure at such institutions. There you have a lower stakes environment that allows you to discover what your passions are before investing as much in a given path, that you may later find not to your liking. After receiving my associate’s degree of arts, I went on to get a bachelor’s degree of arts: economics, with a minor in mathematics at Colorado State University. I enjoyed the things I learned about how the world is moved by its life force, money, that I decided to continue my education in the same field. Thus, I applied and was accepted to a graduate course of study in Economics, where I am today. However, I now wish to share some of what I have learned with you all, as I feel that is more important than how I got to where I am. First, since I began my college education, I have gone from being nervous that I was not good enough to having faith in myself and my proven abilities. Further, I have met so many wonderfully interesting people and seen far off places I only dreamed of as a teenager, and all while improving myself. In short if you apply yourself to higher education, you can truly make dreams come true! Second, never be afraid to follow your passions even if they don’t last. I first went to college for a degree in music performance, then switched to environmental health, and finally discovered economics. I still sing, and still care about the environment and have figured out how to incorporate those passions into my life as an economics graduate student. What I am getting at is this, do what you love today, because even if it is not what you love tomorrow, that passion exists for a reason, to lead you to what you were meant for. Third, find a mentor. No one makes it alone, ever! Find individuals that have done what you are trying to do and learn everything you can from them. These persons can be someone you know personally or will never meet. Ask them lots of question or read there biographies, study their lives, and most important of all take action. Knowledge without action is the worst kind of ignorance. Fourth, and most importantly, have goals that inspire the hell out of you. Those goals are what will make the work you have to do much more enjoyable. A person working towards a future that makes them smile just to think of it, is destined for great things because they will be able to put in the work with a willing heart. Just remember what Thomas Edison said “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Now get out there and chase those dreams!