Name: Evelyn Jackson
Minor: Management and Leadership
Organization: President of Commuter and Off-Campus Students Association at La Salle University
From: Philadelphia, Pa.
My dream of college started at the age of 18 when I started Community College of Philadelphia but dropped out because I was pregnant. One day I was watching La Salle Men’s basketball team win the championship and at that moment I wanted to become a Lasallian. I started Community College again and was involved in a serious tractor-trailer accident which left me bedridden for 2 years, so I had to drop out again. It became a reality 4 years ago when I decided to go back to Community College again to pursue my dream as a college student. Doing my 2 years at Community College I became an honor student, the Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa and was recognized with a prestigious plaque and awarded grants and scholarships to La Salle Dual Admission program.
I remember attending Explorientation and fell in love with the personal touch and the friendly students who prepared us for what’s to come. I knew to come in as an older full-time student would be a challenge, but an opportunity came up in Explorientation that they needed help with Commuter and Off-Campus Students (C.A.O.S). I signed up to be a secretary and within a few days, I got a call asking me for a resume and was offered the position of President. I was scared and excited coming in as a new student and President of an organization I knew nothing about.
The hardest thing for me was to learn quicker when I got my first ever “F” and my professor told me she had faith in me and with a little help, I can do better. I studied harder, stronger and faster like the bionic women and caught up on my grades. Another problem I had was C.A.O.S. didn’t have anyone to teach me how to run the organization, so I had to learn from scratch. This wonderful organization helps over 50% of La Salle students feel welcomed as Commuters. Being President for 2 years gave me the wonderful opportunity of bringing Commuters and On-Campus student together as one.
It took me 30 years to get my bachelor’s degree and I’ve never been so proud of myself. I won numerous awards this year and had an amazing time being an older full-time student at La Salle University. I will never forget the Communication Department, C.A.O.S., and all the wonderful teachers and staff I got to meet and work with.