Student Success - Ms. Faith Jackson '16
Faith Jackson, a senior nursing major and Chancellor’s Scholar with a 3.5 grade point average, from Alpharetta, Ga., has been extremely busy at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) during her journey toward graduation in May.
In addition to meeting the challenges of a rigorous academic schedule, she has found numerous ways to serve the campus community and the community at large. She has served as the president of the Campus Activities Board, a tutor for supplemental study in anatomy and physiology, and as a STARS Mentor Coordinator for the WSSU Honors Program. As a STARS Mentor Coordinator, she was responsible for pairing upperclassmen Honors Scholars with incoming freshmen in the Honors program.
Her passion for service extends beyond the WSSU walls. Jackson recently received the Trailblazer of the Year Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP for her leadership in student voting in the state of North Carolina.
While those things are enough to keep anyone busy, Jackson also kept her eye on her future career, completing three separate internships in diverse fields. The first was working as a student nurse apprentice at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. In her second internship, Jackson served as a research analyst and junior business developer at Edge Solutions in Alpharetta, Ga. In her final internship, she worked as a teaching assistant at the North Metro Atlanta Autistic Program.
If that wasn’t enough, Jackson also studied abroad in an interdisciplinary program at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, and traveled on mission trips to Saint Maarten to teach youth from three different islands.
“I enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and gaining lifelong friendships,” Jackson said. “Being in Kenya gave me a better perspective of my world and opened my eyes to world issues. I enjoyed every bit of the trip and even cried when we had to leave. The experience was once in a lifetime. I can't wait to return.”
She attributes her success to two main factors. “My drive and determination comes from my parents and God,” she said. “I strive to make them proud with everything that I do. I also recognize that all of my actions have a reflection on God therefore I do my best to make him proud as well.”
As a Chancellor’s Scholar, Jackson’s tuition and fees were covered and she received a $650 book stipend each summer. She calls being a Chancellor's Scholar a blessing.
“Paying for school was my main concern when applying to colleges and graduating with less than $10,000 in loans is an incredible feeling,” she said. What she owes in loans is due to the costs associated with covering the tuition for summer classes required in her program that her scholarship did not cover as an out-of state student at that time. “I am also grateful for the wonderful opportunities that have come along with being a member of the Honor's program, such as presenting research to the UNC Board of Governors and studying abroad in Kenya.”
Graduation in May will not be the end of Jackson’s educational journey.
“I plan to work in Durham (NC) at Duke University Hospital,” she said. “After working for a couple of years, I plan on returning to school to get my masters and I eventually want to become a nursing professor.”
It sounds like Jackson has a plan. With a name like Faith, you have got to believe.