James Sorensen ’19 did not expect competitive Scrabble to be a key part of his Wheaton College experience, but the Minneapolis native is learning to keep up.
“Monday night is Scrabble night at Windsor Park,” James says. “It’s always fun, although Dorothy smoked me by 60 points last night. She’s 94.”
James is one of ten Wheaton students who gather weekly at Windsor Park, a retirement community in Carol Stream, Illinois. It was the first student activity James participated in as a freshman, and it continues to be one of his favorite places to spend his time.
That’s saying a lot for the student leader who has been involved in more than 20 student activities and leadership roles before entering his senior year. His other top experience thus far has been the Orientation Committee, a leadership group that organizes the orientation experience for incoming students.
James has been involved in everything from the snow removal crew to Ultimate Frisbee, to student government leadership roles. In addition to these activities, James is a double major in economics and international relations. In his spare time, he enjoys reading on legal issues and national security. “Someone has to do it,” he says with a laugh. “I just really love learning about national security, and I have Captain (Professor) David Iglesias to thank for that.”