There's a well-known quote that states, "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." And that's what comes to mind when No. 23 Corbin Jountti steps on the field for the Northern Arizona football team. The redshirt junior from Bakersfield, Calif. is "Mr. Do It All."
Jountti is no stranger to lending a helping hand as he comes from a big family - the second oldest of four brothers and one sister, Royce, Quincy, Winston, Kenton, and Kennedy. With his father Darryl there to guide him along the way, Jountti has grown into an admirable young man. He's a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Gold'N Brown Jacks, and he's president of Uplifting Athletes.
"Proximity opens the gate for progression," stated Jountti. His mindset is far beyond the average college student and his push to want to be better in everything that he does is why he tries to be a part of as many things as possible to help round out his life goals.
In 2014, Jountti studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand, where he spent one week in each place. Jountti researched indigenous hip-hop's positive impact on other parts of the world. The opportunity opened Jountti's eyes to see what's out there and led to him wanting to experience more.
This past December Jountti had another opportunity to travel abroad, this time to South Africa with nine classmates (including teammate Ronnie Manning) and two professors to study race relations post-Apartheid. The two week trip included stops in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria.
It was a chance to experience race relations in another country while bonding with others who were equally affected by the experience.
A trip to the cultural villages really impacted his time in South Africa, "experiencing the misfortunes and blessings of the people while interacting with them gave me a new perspective and insight that I hadn't had before," said Jountti.
Something that Jountti learned while there was ontology, which can be described as "the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations."
Jountti went into the trip expecting to learn a lot, but the amount of knowledge that he came away with was priceless. Some of the knowledge absorbed can be applied to his classwork and studies, but it also gave Jountti a new understanding that he can take with him on his future steps to conquer the world.
Being a young man in a big family, Jountti came to college with open eyes. He wanted to get as much as possible out of it and take advantage of all opportunities put forth before him. Entering his fourth year of college, Jountti knows that the sky is the limit and that all things are possible if you believe and put in the hard work.