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K-STATE CREATED THE SCHULTE OF TODAY

K-STATE CREATED THE SCHULTE OF TODAY

By Mark Janssen

"Captain" just seems to fit with the name Jason Schulte.
 
This year the Kansas State senior was "captain" of the Wildcat men's golf team.  By the time the calendar flips to 2016, the Kansas City native hopes to be a "captain" in the United States Marines.

A product of Rockhurst High School, Schulte will go from walking across the stage as a graduate of Kansas State this past Saturday, to entering a 10-week Officer Candidate School with United States Marine Corps beginning on June 2 in Quantico, Va., located just to the southwest of Washington D.C.
 
The hope is that Schulte will accept a commission of 2nd Lieutenant on Aug. 13, at the end of OCS that he says is a time where "... you either rise to the top, or fall.  The boot camp is a lot of classroom exercises, and physically demanding leadership exercises.  There's a lot of knocking you down to see if you keep getting back up."
 
The physical portion of the camp includes 20 pull-ups, 100 crunches in a span of 120 seconds, and running a three-mile distance in less than 18 minutes.
 
"The perfect score is 300.  Mine has been in the 295 range because my run is still well over 18 minutes," said the 23-year-old Schulte, who averaged 74.33 strokes for his limited three-tournament, nine-round 2010-11 season.  "I've done a lot of running, plus walking Colbert Hills playing golf has helped."
 
If commissioned, Schulte will enter inactive reserved duty so he can begin his three-years of law school at Washburn next fall.  After passing the bar, the plan would be to return to Quantico for more officer training followed by more specific training in Newport, R.I.
 
"This is a dream I've had for several years," said Schulte.  "I have a great respect for the absolute discipline the Marines stand for, and for the freedom our country stands for."
 
Schulte has been a model of leadership at K-State serving on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for all four years, which includes being secretary during his junior year and president this past academic year.
 
He played an active role in the Cats for Cans, Special Olympics Sports Clinic and Read to Achieve programs.  He also volunteered hours with the Knights of Columbus and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, plus the Sigma Delta Phi National Spanish Honors Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honorary, St. Isidore's Catholic Church student organization, Study Abroad Advocates, and the American Marketing Association Marketing Club.
 
Using his own golf lingo, Schulte said of his full plate of assignments, "I just try to take it one shot at a time."
 
With majors in Spanish and Marketing, a minor in Economics, and a certification in National Business, Schulte explained, "I really believe in giving back to the school that I'm attending and the community where I'm living.  K-State gave me the opportunity to play golf, so I've tried to become as active as possible in taking the talents that I have and giving back to the school and provide some opportunities for those student-athletes that follow me."
 
Schulte added, "The last five years have been extremely rewarding.  I already miss Manhattan and I haven't even left yet.  Everywhere I go I talk about the K-State family and how strong it is.  That's what will continue to bring me back."
 
Like any young state caliber golfer, the Mission Hills native said he had dreams of playing professional golf after his days as a Wildcat. That, however, would soon change.
 
"I played that first year and devoted my life to it, but also realized that I was missing out on a lot of special experiences.  All I was doing was practicing golf, and I sort of hit the wall," said Schulte.  "I still loved golf, but I didn't feel fulfilled.  I felt I had other talents to explore."
 
Schulte studied abroad after his sophomore season and started taking on more of a leadership personality on campus.  It was a time where he says, "I found out things about myself that I didn't know."
 
In high school, while an honor student, Schulte said he was anything but a leader - "I was an aspiring leader." - and defined himself as a "pretty quiet kid."
 
Once into his K-State years, he said, "I purposely started putting myself outside of my comfort zone and made a point to put myself in uncomfortable positions whether that be speaking Spanish or taking speaking assignments on campus."
 
While his personal life broadened, his golf game was introduced to more bogies to the point his play was limited as a junior and senior when his stroke average for the two years was just over 75.
 
"It hurt not to qualify and travel to tournaments, but those young guys came in and earned it," said Schulte.  "They took the spot away from me.  When I became captain of the team, my goal was to do what it took for K-State to have the best team.  I wanted to be a part of that team, but it just didn't work out."
 
Perhaps golf didn't work out, but his total life did, and as he says, "All that I did at K-State created who I am today." 


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