is Better Because of Mom?
Jordan Hansen '18
Jordan Hansen’s dad died of pancreatic cancer four months after his diagnosis. Hansen was two, leaving just him and his mom. “I will always look up to her and respect her for what she did for me, what she’s given for me, and the life she’s provided me.” When his mom needed help, she often called on Hansen’s aunt and grandma. Because of the three of them, Jordan developed a wide-range of emotions and now finds it pretty easy to be empathetic. How does that fit in at an all-male institution like Wabash? “At Wabash, a lot of guys are really passionate about a lot of things. I think it was a little easier knowing I could still be emotional and be passionate and that would be accepted.” In fact, Hansen believes he understands the concept of the Gentleman’s Rule, the one rule that all Wabash College students must abide by, a little better because of how he was raised. “With the Gentlemen’s Rule, the decisions you make reflect not only on yourself but also the College and your peers. The empathy that comes with the Rule, that comes with listening before making decisions, is very similar in the way I had to think about where my mom was coming from when I was a kid and the circumstances we were in.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.