Austin Grothe

Admissions Counselor for students from Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa & Wisconsin

479-888-4881 (voice & text)

Get to know Austin

Claire Johnson, JBU Admissions CounselorWhere are you from? Little Rock, AR

Major in College? Marketing

What activities were you involved in at JBU? I was involved in Enactus, the Threefold Advocate (our campus newspaper), and the J. Alvin annual Wiffle Ball Tournament (2017 champs!) 

Why are you working at JBU? There’s a unique environment fostered here that you won’t find at any other school. A nearly perfect balance is struck between inward reflection and outward awareness on intellectual, spiritual, and social levels. I was so drawn to it that I transferred to JBU after spending two years at a state school.

What are your favorite things to do in NWA? Anything outdoors, but particularly canoeing, hiking, camping, and fishing, followed by a trip to Pure Joy Ice Cream!

What are some movies you enjoy? I’m a sucker for coming of age movies and indie films. Some of my favorites are Boyhood, Room, The Darjeeling Limited, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Describe your family: My wife, Abby, is the kindest person you will ever meet. She’s a dreamer, and she holds our lives together so graciously. We have two cats, Fiona and Freddy, and I am a proud cat dad.

What quick advice would you give an incoming JBU student? Don’t be afraid to say “let me think about that.” You will be asked to join a million clubs and do a million different things. Own your schedule, and don’t let it own you!