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Jason Inzinga '13

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When Jason Inzinga was accepted to Clarkson in December 2008, he already knew that Clarkson was the perfect choice for him.

However, while on vacation with friends in the Dominican Republic in February 2009, Jason was in a severe car accident that left him with a broken leg, a fractured skull, a ruptured spleen and a lacerated liver. Jason was in such rough shape that he lost 80 percent of his blood and doctors were unable to tell if he would pull through.

Pull through he did, but as he returned to his hometown of Rochester, N.Y., Jason realized that he would have to miss the second half of his senior year so he could fully recover. “Academically, I didn’t think that I would complete the requirements to graduate and move on to Clarkson, which was devastating,” he says.

Luckily, Jason was able to come to Clarkson on time, but there was still one area that he needed assistance in. “My parents didn’t go to college so everything was new to all of us when it came to financial aid. The financial aid office really helped my parents set up necessary student loans and gave me a great financial aid package,” Jason explains.

Now that he’s here, Jason couldn’t be happier about his choice. He says, “Clarkson is the perfect distance away from home for me and it is among the nation’s top engineering schools. I love the location near the Adirondacks, the town, and the people.”

As a freshman civil engineering major, Jason is already involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP). He also hopes to join the crew team when his leg is fully healed from a re-fracture he recently suffered.  

And it might be far away, but Jason’s already looking to the future. “I want to become a civil engineer. Clarkson’s excellent reputation and job placement rate will help me reach my goals,” he says. “I’m going to take advantage of the resources available to me while I’m here to get me where I want to go in life.”