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Irish alumnus Jack Meek revisits Ida-home

When Jack Meek received two weeks of vacation time from work, it didn’t take the 2010 College of Idaho graduate long to decide where he was going. Ever since he left Caldwell, Meek has been itching for an opportunity to return to campus.

“I’ve missed this place. It means more to me than any other I’ve been,” Meek said. “It’s exactly how I remember it—and it’s fantastic.”

A Northern Ireland native, Meek began his university studies in Belfast. As part of the business education initiative, a former program between universities and the British counsel, Meek was able to spend his third year studying business abroad at The College of Idaho, in a small Idaho town none of his Irish peers had ever heard of. But by the time the year was up, he didn’t want to leave.

While on campus, Meek was heavily involved with the International Student Organization (ISO). He also wrote articles for the Coyote student newspaper, participated in activities with Campus Ministries, competed as a member of the debate team and performed standup comedy at open mic events.

“I can’t stress enough to make the most of your time here,” Meek said. “In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that long. I came for one year with the goal to get involved with as much as I could—and I don’t regret a thing. I’ve taken the experiences I had at the C of I into my work on my master’s degree and certification as a lawyer.”

Meek is a prime example of how diverse and successful the C of I community is. From one small Caldwell campus, successful members of society are going forth around the world. Meek is close to becoming a fully licensed lawyer in London, with a master’s degree and quite a bit of traveling under his belt, all by the age of 25. He also is one of many alumni currently living abroad. His passion to succeed in light of any difficulty is an attitude he attributes to his time at the C of I.  

“There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t think about The College of Idaho,” Meek said. “There’s something unexplainable about this place.”

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.