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It's hard to imagine John Jasionowicz not being busy.

The civil engineering major took time before a quiz and after picking up his Army ROTC uniform, to talk about his next stop after leaving Temple. But before going into what's next, there are the many activities he's done while he was here, including representing the college on the student recreation board and with Temple Student Government (Campus Safety) and Temple Office of Leadership Development (Diamond Leader), Engineers Without Borders, and internships with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NASA, Schnabel Foundation Company and the City of Philadelphia.

"I just like being productive," he said.

Those internships and his classwork prepared him to continue his service through the Army ROTC. For example, one of his most recent internships placed him with the city's Department of Parks and Recreation, inspecting pedestrian bridges throughout the sprawling park network, and estimating projects for the Deputy Commissioner and members of City Council.

"I would go out and do the visual inspections, and then recommend what needed to be done with our inspectors," Jasionowicz said. "It was great because I'm a history person, and one of the most interesting things was to see historical sites in Fairmount Park, a really significant park system."

It was an opportunity that he was grateful to have while studying at Temple, situated in a major city but close to a number of options to continue with hands-on learning.

"I don't think you can just teach," he said. "You need to learn that on the job."

When does he start? You can probably guess.

"The day after commencement, I will be commissioning into the United States Army as an Engineering Second Lieutenant," Jasionowicz said. He will head to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri for a six-month stint before helping to lead a platoon of dozens and get his hands on several engineering projects.