Jarrod graduated with a double major in German and mathematics from UT in the summer of 2003. He plans to continue studying mathematics in graduate school at some point with the end goal of teaching in some capacity. He is mostly interested in the theoretical side of math, including such topics as algebraic number theory and topology, and tends to shy away from applied math. His hobbies outside of school include playing guitar and biking around Town Lake as much as possible. Jarrod became interested in learning more about Texas German and German communities in Texas after travelling a bit in the spring of 2002 through eastern Europe and visiting the old German colonies of Siebenburgen in what is now Romania.