Early Action Means Early Rewards for James Helsingius '23

“Johnson and Wales just called out to me,” said James Helsingius '23. He knew JWU was the right place for him from the moment he set foot on campus — even before beginning his first year at the Providence Campus this fall. During his junior year of high school, a passion for culinary arts brought him to Career Explorations, and the experience cemented his decision to take advantage of the Early Action Admission program.

“I wanted to get into the [application] process as soon as possible,” Helsingius said. “When my counselor told me about JWU’s Early Action Admission, I took the initiative because I knew it was what I wanted to do.”

Early Action is an application program at JWU that allows applicants who apply before Nov. 1 to find out if they’ve been accepted to the university as early as mid-November of their senior year of high school. For Helsingius, it was a no-brainer to get a jump on his future.

Early acceptance has been rewarding for James Helsingius

“I was ahead by doing Early Action and I loved it,” he said. “It was good to know that I had another step in my life figured out. I was able to enjoy my senior year without the stress of worrying about which college I was getting into.”

The process was an easy one, and Helsingius was very happy with the support he had from JWU.

“The [JWU] admissions representative for my school district lent a hand in [helping solve] any problems I had related to the admissions process,” he said. “They provided advice and guidance on getting through the process and answered any question I had.”

But perhaps the best part of the whole experience was how he learned of his acceptance around this time last year. JWU Admissions and Wildcat Willie traveled to Helsingius’ high school in Sudbury, Massachusetts, to surprise him with his acceptance letter. Watch the video below to see his reaction:

“It was a great day. My counselor told me to come down to a room, and I had no idea what to expect,” Helsingius recalled. “I walked in and saw the JWU Admissions people and Willie the Wildcat. I found out I was accepted and I was speechless — I couldn’t believe it. They got me good!”

Now that he’s at JWU, Helsingius has already achieved his goals of making new friends and starting an ultimate frisbee group for pick-up games on campus. He also plans to join the Theta Delta Chi fraternity.

"I chose JWU because for me it was the best fit."

“It’s definitely a big transition from high school, but it’s a very exciting one,” he said. “Making new friends, talking with the kids in my class, seeing what their major is and where they come from – it’s easy to make connections that way.”

Overall, Helsingius is enjoying his first year at JWU and looks forward to learning more about the culinary industry.

“I chose JWU because for me it was the best fit,” he said. “Culinary Arts is what I love. It’s my passion and JWU is the school that will take me all the way.”

James Helsingius on campus