But thanks to scholarship money, the senior from Troy, Michigan, could focus on school, family, and church. In the process he feels that his education was not merely advanced but was accelerated and enriched.
Among his choicest experiences as a BYU student was the year he and his family spent in China on a study abroad and international internship. In China his life’s path became clearer, and he gained a better understanding of his talents. “The research and study provided great experience, and the teaching and speaking in Chinese broadened my horizons,” says Jorgensen. The time abroad also strengthened family ties as he and his wife and children drew closer and learned to rely on each other.
Throughout his scholastic career, something that has inspired Jorgensen is a piece of counsel from longtime BYU friend and benefactor, Ira Fulton, who said: “We want you to be able to dream—not daydream—dream. We want you to be able to dream because if you can dream for the future, you can create your vision. If you can create your vision, you can make it happen.”