Recognizable Me: What’s up everyone, my name is Robert John Hopp III, but you can call me RJ. For as long as I can remember, I have always gone by my initials. I like to think that it is a unique twist on the family name, however, the nickname most likely stuck in an effort to avoid confusion when all three of the Roberts were together (and the fact that the other easy nicknames were taken by my grandfather, Bobby, and my dad, Rob.)
I am a Colorado guy, with Michigan roots. I was born in Edwards Colorado, and my family lived there for the first five years of my life. When it was time for me to start elementary school, my family moved from the mountains to the Denver area. My whole extended family is from, and currently lives in Michigan. Although my parents moved out west, we have been able to make up for it by spending the summers back in Michigan on Mackinac Island.
I love all that Colorado has to offer, especially the winter when I have a chance to break out the snowboard, snowmobile, and other winter toys. In addition to spending time in the mountains, I enjoy exploring new places. Weather it is somewhere in driving distance, or a plane flight away, I am always eager for the next journey. In the picture to the left, you can see my dad and I from our latest adventure across Scandinavia. During the trip, we made our way through Denmark, Sweden, and Finland over the better part of a month. This photo was taken in the small town of Halland, about forty miles south of Gothenburg. Oh yeah, that monster towering behind us is the Tjolohölm Slott. If you want an even better view check this out!
Where I’m At: If all goes as planned, I will graduate from CU Boulder in May with a major in economics, and a minor in business analytics. In the beginning of the summer, I started working for a small tech firm in Denver called PanXchange. PanXchange, at it’s roots, is a web-based platform in which physical commodities and futures are traded across different markets ranging from here in the United States to East Africa. I am still currently working part time, and can proudly say that I love what I am doing. Besides work, I spent the rest of my summer hanging out in Boulder, going to concerts, enjoying the outdoors and the amazing weather.
What I Want: From this class, I hope to progress my writing skills, while specifically improving on my professional voice. I feel that having the ability to write professionally, and knowing when and how to convey my ideas in an appropriate manner is an essential skill to learn. Furthermore, I want to learn how to write a good resume, cover letter, and other things of this nature, as it is something that I will use for the rest of my life.
Where You’ll Find Me: In addition to traveling and snowboarding, I enjoy other activities such as surfing, fishing, sport shooting, and playing the drums. I am a music enthusiast, and enjoy listening to basically everything besides country. I am also a huge sports fan. I enjoy playing or watching pretty much any sport, but most of all, I love hockey. You can find me on campus playing hockey at the new CU rec center. If I am not on campus, you can find me hanging out with friends on the hill, or watching my favorite team, The Red Wings, take the ice on TV.