Dare to Excel: Jacob Gleize


College freshman Jacob Gleize, seen here at the Agape food pantry distribution center, decided to volunteer at the food pantry this summer to help the community through its current challenges.
By: 
Adam Rollins
Staff Writer
When Jacob Gleize of Warrenton came home from his first year of college this summer, he didn’t want to just stay at home. With the onset of COVID-19, Gleize said he wanted to do something active to help his community.
 
Gleize began volunteering at the Agape Food Pantry in Warrenton, helping the pantry move to its new location on Highway W and distribute food to hundreds of families each month. By helping families who are struggling with job loss during the pandemic, Gleize said he hopes to play a part in addressing a big challenge.
 
Gleize is studying game design at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. It’s a growing industry that offers a chance for creative expression in a well-paid career. 
 
He became serious about the idea of pursuing game design after working on his high school’s news show, which he said opened him up to the creative process of creating stories and experiences for people to enjoy.
 
“In essence, that’s what games are. You’re making experiences for other people to enjoy,” he commented.
 
Gleize is a graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School in Washington, and is a lifelong resident of Warrenton. When he graduates from Bradley, he plans to pursue a career in the video game industry.
 
Q: What got you involved with Agape?
 
“My family has been working with them for a long time. ... I was looking for something I could do that could help make a difference. Coming (to Agape) was the perfect option. It allows me to help lots of people every week.”
 
Q: What made you seek a community service?
 
“If I’m just going to be stuck at home for a while, I want to do something good. ... Making a difference helps me feel a lot better about where I am right now and what the situation of the world is. We’ve been going through a lot of difficult things. If we all would pitch in, in our own ways, we’ll be able to handle this exponentially better.”
 
Q: What do you hope to work on after you graduate college?
 
“I’d like to work for some of the bigger companies that make console games or PC games. I would make mobile games if necessary, but I don’t see that as where my sights are aimed."
 
Q: Are people ever skeptical of your career choice?
 
“People are getting more accepting with time. At first people think it’s just a glorified programming job. Over the years, game design has become a more rigorous and accepted profession.”
 
Q: What will college look like for you this fall?
 
“I go back to school in mid-August. We’re doing in-person classes, but the school has done a lot of safety precautions.”
 
Q: Is there a particular genre of games you want to make?
 
“As game designers, we are encouraged to not take biases on genres. ... But if I had to pick, I’m probably a bigger fan of action games.”
 
Q: What’s something unexpected you’ve learned?
 
“The sheer number of people that it takes to make a game well. Game design is all about working in groups to get the job done.
 
Favorite show: The Office
 
Favorite movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
 
Favorite song: You Get What You Give by the New Radicals
 
Favorite food: Mac and cheese
 
Favorite destination: Tulum, Mexico

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