I am an SVSU graduate whose academic journey began at a community college
Jackie Gibson says there was one house rule regarding post-high school plans her parents insisted on. They thought that the best way for her to transition from high school to college was to stay at home for a couple of years and attend community college. Since the Mount Morris native was offered a full scholarship to Mott Community College, the plan made sense. So in the fall of 2007, she started the next chapter of her life.
After two years of completing her “gen ed” classes and determining that her initial idea to become a nurse was no longer her game plan, Jackie enrolled at SVSU in the fall 2009. She graduated with a degree in social work in May 2013.
I am glad I chose SVSU
Jackie says her first visit to campus and meeting with Jennifer Pahl, director of admissions, is what sold her on wanting to come to SVSU. “I fell in love with the campus, especially the people-everyone was so welcoming.” On a return trip with her parents, she said they felt the same way “and Dad loved the food.”
Beyond the goal of getting her four-year degree, Jackie says that she also really wanted a comprehensive university experience. That began her very first week of school when she decided to get involved with Student Association.
That was just the beginning.
Jackie has been a mentor for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Youth Leadership Institute, a member of the Student Social Work Organization, secretary of the Organization for Black Unity, a member of Valley Voices choir and student worker in the Office of Diversity Programs. She is also a member of “Phenomenally Young Negotiating Change.” Jackie has also participated in a faculty-led study abroad to Uganda to work with kids at the Nyaka AIDS Orphan School and, as a required part of the social work program, has completed an internship. Her work included shadowing a case worker at Childrens Protective Services.
Jackie has also recently learned of her acceptance into Phi Alpha Honor Society, Delta Omega chapter.
I am sad to leave.
No need to wonder if Jackie has enjoyed her life at SVSU. “I’m really sad,” she says. “I’ve made a ton of friends and am close to staff and faculty. Leaving will be hard.” Always focused and with an eye on the future, Jackie plans to go onto graduate school and someday would like to return to Uganda, possibly as a social worker for the Peace Corps.