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The past month has been a whirlwind of activity for Purdue University North Central alumnus Jonathan Sichtermann of Valparaiso.

Within a few days’ time, he was sworn into the Indiana Bar Association and he took the oath of office as a deputy Indiana attorney general.

Sichtermann’s life has been busy from the day he earned his bachelor’s degree in business at PNC in May 2009. He entered the Valparaiso University Law School that fall. He earned his law degree this past May. While in law school, he served as editor of the VU Law Review.

This fall, Sichtermann began a two-year fellowship with the Indiana attorney general. The fellowship was made available to the May 2012 law school graduates ranking in the top 20 percent of their graduating class. Many students apply for the position and nine are interviewed.

When he found out he was selected for the position, Sichtermann admitted that he was “ecstatic.”

He described the position as a “dream come true.”

During the next two years he will have the opportunity to work in all divisions of the attorney general’s office so that he will get hands-on experience in all aspects of the office’s operation. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Appeals Division and has already worked on several cases.

Sichtermann is considering a career working with a government agency and he realizes that he has an ideal opportunity to learn more about the day-to-aspects of such a career.

As a law student, he had the opportunity to work for Federal District Court Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen.

Van Bokkelen served as a role model and according to Sichtermann, Van Bokkelen’s dedication to fighting corruption “inspired me.”

Sichtermann has accomplished a lot since the day he stepped into his first class at PNC. He was an honors student; he was a member of the Student Government Association, serving a term as president. He was a member of Phi Eta Sigma national scholastic honor society, a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar and the Dean’s Leadership Group and was editor of the campus newspaper.

During his time at PNC he learned essential academic and life skills that put him on a path for success.

“My experience with student government, the Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar, the newspaper, all carried over into law school and as Law Review editor. It all helped to prepare me to be a leader.”

He also believes that he developed a strong work ethic while at PNC.

“Carrying 15 credit hours while being involved in student activities taught me how to work hard, how to focus on what is important and maintain my priorities,” he explained.

The writing skills he learned as an undergraduate student also proved invaluable in law school, he said.

Sichtermann acknowledged that throughout his life he’s set goals for himself and worked hard to accomplish those well-thought, well-planned goals.

“Always set your goals, always keep your eye on those goals,” he advised. “Don’t let obstacles in you down or derail your plans. Always find a way to cope with your challenges. Never give up when you reach a challenge. You can find a way to overcome the challenge. Learn from the challenge.”



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