Two Degrees, One University: Jon-Marc Ream
By: Dezaray Barr
Jon-Marc Ream has obtained two bachelor’s degrees from Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) but in two different years.
He received his first bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2014 and his second in 2016 in Nursing.
“I first was introduced to Indiana Wesleyan by my twin brother, Grant, who also attended IWU,” Ream said. “Shortly after, I was recruited for the baseball team, but unfortunately was not able to keep playing due to injuries in high school. I stayed at IWU and still believe God brought me there.”
As a student, Ream loved being on campus, and he loved developing friendships with fellow Wildcats.
“I still hold many friendships to this day, and was able to meet an amazing woman whom I will share the rest of my life with,” he said.
Ream met his wife, Chloe, while attending IWU. Fun fact: Chloe is also a twin, and her twin also attended IWU!
Before attending IWU, Ream didn’t have an intimate relationship with God.
Through friends, professors, and other relationships, he was encouraged to learn more about the Lord.
“Most importantly, I was able to see a God who was not judgmental, but loving and positive,” Ream said. “I would not be who I am without the relationships I gained at IWU. I’m very grateful.”
He is now an operating room nurse in Elkhart, Indiana.
Ream believes that IWU helped lay a foundation for him to be a light in a dark world.
“Especially in healthcare, I run into patients and families that are in a very sad place,” Ream said. “I have been given opportunities to show some goodness in the dark places.”
As nurse, Ream is able to pray for patients when needed, share hope for families when they have none, and he ultimately can be kind to some who feel as if they have lost everything.
It’s true that Ream earned two degrees at IWU, but he left with so much more. He left with a wife, an education, and, most importantly, a newfound, intimate relationship with the creator of the universe.
Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the IWU Alumni Office. Dezaray is a senior Strategic Communication, Journalism and Honors Humanities triple major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.