Jaz Jackson, a sophomore elementary education major from Jackson, has embraced the leadership opportunities she’s found at The W. “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “The W was not originally one of my choices, but my sister is a 2012 alum and she said, ‘Let’s tour The W.’ I got a personal tour and met my dean. I fell in love. The W is just the right size, and it’s so friendly.”

While taking five courses in the spring semester ranging from human growth and development to computers in the classroom, Jackson also is heavily involved in campus activities. She’s an Orientation Leader, a member of the Silhouette social club, the W Leadership Program and Alpha Kappa Alpha.

“You’re never bored,” she said. “There’s always someone to talk to, to help you with homework and to offer support.”

Looking ahead to her career, Jackson said, “I love children. They’re hilarious and they’re special and they’re our future. I’m looking forward to being an elementary teacher, and one day I want to teach high school English.” She hopes those teaching opportunities are in her hometown of Jackson.