Hi, guys! My name is Jordan Brooks. I’m a Panama High School graduate, and as of May 2015, I’ll be a Jamestown Community College graduate too. I know, you’re probably wondering what I have to say that I felt the need to tell everyone.
It’s weird. When I was looking at colleges my senior year of high school, JCC honestly wasn’t at the top of the list. But I was eligible for the USA Scholarship, which would cover the cost of my tuition, because I was lucky enough to graduate eighth in my high school class. While I was looking at other schools, they didn’t have the same opportunities that JCC was offering me. At the time, a school close to home was the best bet for me, and as my time at JCC is coming to an end, I can honestly say it was the best decision I’ve made.
As a student ambassador, you would probably expect me to say all of these things, but I don’t say it because it’s my job; I say it because it’s all so true. The USA Scholarship I received was just one of many opportunities this school offered me. As I dove deeper into my education, I made sure to take advantage of everything JCC was throwing in my direction.
Along with being a student ambassador, I am graduating with honors because I was part of such an amazing Honors Program. I was able to work closely with great professors that allowed me to personalize some of my favorite classes as honors courses. I was vice president of Sign Language Club, a language that I never knew I loved until I first took it here on campus. The club led me to Rochester with the rest of my sign language peers where we watched a play, Hairspray, performed all in sign. Personalizing American Sign Language as an honors course allowed me to tutor other students and create friendships I never would have had otherwise.
I was also able to connect with spoken word poets, comedians, and singers that came to campus, as I was a member of Campus Activities Board. I was part of a great social media internship that gave me hands-on experience and allowed me to run JCC social media accounts. I was a Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society member too, and I got involved with not just JCC, but also the surrounding community.
Not only were the opportunities at JCC out of this world, but so was every faculty member that I ever came in contact with. To be honest, there were some times, especially this past semester, where I was overwhelmed, not necessarily with school, but with life in general. There were a lot of personal things going on in many different aspects of my life, and I had so many times when professors went out of their way to meet with me, make sure I was okay, and help me so that I could do the absolute best that I was capable of. While there is a big sense of responsibility that comes with moving on to college, as long as you give your education 100%, the people at JCC are here to help make you the best possible person you can be.
So I guess, overall, I have two major things to say as I get ready to graduate.
1. To anyone looking at colleges, consider JCC. Really. Like I said, it’s one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. Not only is it affordable, but the quality of education is beyond amazing. The professors and staff just want you to do the best you can. Come to campus. Take a tour. Connect with people. Get involved. You won’t regret it.
2. To Hawk Nation, thank you. Thank you for allowing me to be part of such a great college campus. Thank you for taking me in and giving me two of the best years I could have asked for. Thank you for connecting me to great professors that have become some of the most influential mentors in my life. Thank you for providing me with work on campus. And most of all, thank you for being a place to call home.