SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Thomas excited, proud to earn a four-year degree

MINOT, N.D. – Jonah Thomas, a standout senior from Nekoosa, Wisconsin, is proudly the first in his family to attend a four-year university.

The milestone is something approached with both pride and excitement leading up to Friday’s 109th Minot State University Commencement Ceremony.

 “My parents went to a tech school, so stepping into a university was a big leap for our family,” he said.

Thomas’ journey to Minot was as unexpected as it was fateful. 

“In high school, my best friend planned a visit to Minot, and I just tagged along for the tour. I fell in love with the campus and the community here,” Thomas recalled. 

That initial visit was all it took to feel at home in Minot, prompting him to enroll right after high school.

Thomas chose to major in biology with a minor in chemistry, driven by a clear vision of his future. 

“I’ve always known I wanted to work in the medical field,” he said.

His time at Minot State has been deeply enriched by the connections he’s made through the science department. 

“The staff has been incredible at getting me in contact with doctors at the hospital,” said Thomas. “I’ve had hands-on experience with many physicians, which has solidified my choice to pursue medicine.”

Beyond academics, Thomas has been actively involved in various extracurricular activities, including being a member of the MSU men’s track and field team, where he competed in throws for the Beavers. 

“I’ve participated in track and field, intramural sports, and the pep band,” Thomas said, outlining his diverse interests and commitments on campus. “I’ve also been involved in the Residence Hall Association and conducted guided research with Dr. Schmidt (MSU chemistry professor and chair of the Department of Science Bryan Schmidt).”

As for what’s next, Thomas is clear about his path forward.

“I am going to continue my education by attending medical school,” he said. “I’m on the journey to becoming a doctor, and every step of my experience here in Minot has prepared me for the next phase of my life.”

As he looks toward medical school, Thomas carries with him the spirit and support of the Minot community. Thomas’s enthusiasm for his studies and extracurricular engagements resonates through his final message: “Go Beavers!”

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Published: 05/14/24   

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