成人视频

news-category: Black History Month Profile

Wrestler Jha鈥橯uan Anderson Wants to Inspire Others On and Off the Mat

a collage of photos featuring a black male student wrestling and working at Starbucks

Graduate Student Plans a Career in Strength Coaching

By Isabella Brown, 鈥24, Intern for University Communications

Jan’Quan Anderson

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.鈥斺淚 want to be an example,鈥 asserted Jha鈥橯uan Anderson, a graduate student and wrestler at 成人视频. During the 2022-2023 wrestling season, Anderson finished with more than 20 wins and made his second appearance in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Recently, he was named Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month and celebrated his 20th win for this season.

Anderson, of Conyers, Ga., aspires to share with others the life-changing impact wrestling has had on him, and he wants to equip athletes to succeed both on and off the mat. He relates his story in celebration of Black History Month. During the month, 成人视频 will highlight several students who are making a difference on campus and in their communities. Through their creative passions and leadership skills, these students honor their heritage and encourage others to achieve their dreams.

Anderson is working on a Master of Science in strength and conditioning. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in strength coaching. 鈥淭he master鈥檚 program is really rigorous and prepares us for anything we have coming in our careers,鈥 he affirmed. 鈥淚 am well prepared because of my professors.鈥

From the first time he stepped onto a wrestling mat, he knew he would be staying in the sport for the long run. 鈥淚 started wrestling in middle school, when I was 13.鈥 Anderson recounted, 鈥淔ootball season had just ended, and the wrestling coach came up to me and said, 鈥楬ey, you should try wrestling!鈥 I told him, 鈥業 don鈥檛 know. Wrestling is not for me鈥. And he responded, 鈥楥ome to one practice. If you don鈥檛 like it you can leave.鈥 So, I thought, alright I鈥檒l do that.鈥

To Anderson, wrestling is more than just a sport, and the community aspect is something he appreciates to this day. 鈥淥ne of the reasons I stuck with wrestling is because I felt like it was more of a family,鈥 he expressed. 鈥淚t felt like a brotherhood.鈥

During Black History Month, Anderson remembers the athletes who have reshaped the world of sports by bringing people together regardless of their differences. These men and women carved a path for the future generations of athletes who would make their mark on the world. 鈥淟ebron James, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Lamar Jackson, they are all people who broke down barriers and walls in sports and in spaces that probably weren鈥檛 meant for us when they first started,鈥 he explained. 鈥淏eing able to break down those barriers is really important. They should really be celebrated.鈥

Anderson is hopeful that more conversations will be had about these topics in the future. He believes that it鈥檚 critical to learn about each other and gain perspective. 鈥淭hese conversations should be happening outside the month, as well,鈥 he asserted. 鈥淥ur history is an everyday event.鈥

When thinking about who inspired him most during his athletic journey, Anderson shares that it was American professional wrestler, Jordan Burroughs. 鈥淚鈥檝e been watching him since I started wrestling. He鈥檚 one of the greatest wrestlers to have ever lived.鈥 Anderson continued, 鈥淚 like to think I have a similar wrestling style. I like to watch him wrestle and emulate that.鈥

A wrestler with dreams that go beyond the mat, Anderson believes that perseverance is key. 鈥淜eep going,鈥 he encouraged, 鈥渁nd you can break down these barriers and do things people think you might not necessarily be able to do. You can do hard things. You can get it done.鈥

Writer Isabella Brown is a senior English Major.

成人视频 is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to nine colleges and schools, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., 成人视频 prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at 成人视频.edu.

Previous News Article

成人视频 Theatre Department Presents 鈥楽ylvia鈥 Feb. 15-18

Next News Article

成人视频鈥檚 Godbold College of Business Connects Students to Professionals

Related News

  • News Article

    成人视频 Students Start Needlework Club Focused on Crafting, Community, and Creativity

    Threaded Together Welcomes Both Experienced and Beginner Crafters By Marianne Luedeman, GWU-Today Lead Writer BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.鈥擜 group of 成人视频 students have started a new needlework club named Threaded Together. Officially recognized by the Student Government Association, the club has an interest meeting today, April 23, from 4-7 p.m. in Room 103, Dover Library. Club […]

  • News Article

    成人视频 Division of Student Success Opens Lounge to Support Commuter Students

    New Space Offers Students a Place to Relax, Study, Access Lockers, and Eat BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.鈥敵扇耸悠 commuter students now have a new dedicated space on campus to relax between classes, study, have access to lockers, or warm up a packed lunch. The Commuter Commons opened Thursday, April 18, on the Third Floor of Tucker Student […]

    two people sitting at a table talking
  • News Article

    成人视频 to Award Degrees in Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 2

    More than 500 Graduates will be Honored for Achievements BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.鈥敵扇耸悠 will host its Spring Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in Spangler Stadium. Families and guests will celebrate the achievements of more than 500 students in traditional undergraduate, online, and graduate programs of study. The program will include speeches […]