Q&A with JA Fellows Alumni: Khadejah Jackson

How many years were you in the JA Fellows program?

4 years

What year did you graduate from high school?

2015

 What college do you attend and what's your major and expected graduation year?

University of Oregon, Business major, 2019

Favoritefood?

Almost any soul food dish

What are some of your recent achievements? What is your proudest achievement in life?

Invited to join Business Honors Program, 3.9 GPA, and living independently. Proudest achievement thus far is attending college and being able to manage the changes.

What is the most important thing you took from the JA Fellows program that applies to your life now?

As a business major I am required to take a lot of math classes and business related courses, one of which is BA 101 (Business Admin class like a JA 2.0 in terms of running a mock business). All of the skills (understanding different position roles, monitoring numbers, collaborating, etc.) I learned in JA are reoccurring again for me in many of my courses being a business major.

How do you think the JA Fellows program, in conjunction to what you have learned since leaving the program impacted your career readiness?

I came to college more prepared because of JA. In terms of the classroom, I have a general understanding in my business classes. Socially, I gained a better sense of professionalism and how to interact in large gatherings. Additionally, I learned that college is a major networking opportunity for students to expand beyond the classroom and campus for career opportunities. JA has instilled me with confidence and the ability to network with others, and how to ask others for what I want or need. My JA experience was a true indicator of real life and I see that through my ability to be able to pitch an idea, make myself standout in a crowd, and how to engage in conversation with professionals

Is there anything that you would like us to know or highlight about your life journey?

JA also helped me financially by connecting me with scholarship opportunities which came in handy this year.