Sitting down for an interview in Abia, one of the more impoverished visits during the 2012 Faculty-Led Program Abroad to Uganda, one could always count on Jason Goins to ask the most important and most interesting questions. A man of height, military build, and reddish-brown hair, Jason evokes an image of a true Colorado native. He’s athletic, loves all things outdoors, is incredibly well-spoken, and has a proprietary strand of humbled intelligence that in this day and age is something one can only see in one who has a strong set of values.
A Chemistry major who finds meaning in helping others, Jason hopes to focus his career around others, as well as answering questions he has about the world. Through his time at Creighton, Jason has learned the value of making a difference, challenging oneself intellectually, and seeing the struggles of people in other parts of the world.
A man of many goals, which include teaching Math abroad, Jason describes his overall goal (after fulfilling his commitment to the Air Force) as involving a research and development company that “focuses on the 90%.” According to Jason, the majority of the money in the world goes to only 10% of the people.
“This is really just a case of bad money,” Jason said, “I hope to have an impact on the people who need that money more.”
He describes this goal as coming about as the result of, in his words, “beeps” he noticed throughout the latter part of high school and early college.
“I saw what was happening in other parts of the world, what other people were doing to help others,” Jason said, “and it made a much larger sound to me.”
He also said that studying Theology made him question the beliefs he had grown up believing, and that his Jesuit education made a difference to the focus he wanted his life to take.
“I realized that this life is really more about helping others than it is about the life that comes after,” Jason said, “I find meaning in helping others.”
That led him to the backpack journalism trip because he said he wanted a different study abroad experience than normal. Jason said he was also focusing his experience on whether or not the group did anything to help the people they met along the way.
“That was the biggest thing on my mind,” Jason said, “I think it’s important to show ourselves as human, for them to see us as we are rather than just stories they heard, I think it was good for them to see us, other people on the other side of the world who do care about them. I think it was immediately good for them that we went down there for that reason.”
Jason said he also was able to see people in a very different situation from his own, and learned a lot about what life is like for said people.
“I think what I learned most about traveling to the developing world is the reality,” Jason said, “especially at Abia, seeing people exhausted. I realized that things don’t stop for these people.”
Jason is currently getting ready for his senior year of College, fulfilling a commitment to the Air Force Academy once he graduates. After his commitments are up, Jason hopes to devote his time to doing what he can to fill the needs of others, something he feels is more important than anything else.
“This trip really taught me the value helping others,” Jason said, “it’s my hope that I can continue helping others in whatever way I can.”