by Josh Jackson, Sophomore/Biology (Pre-Engineering) major
My name is Josh Jackson, and I am a sophomore at Alice Lloyd College. I am majoring in biology (pre-engineering) with a minor in business. My plan is to attend graduate school at the University of Kentucky. I play tennis for ALC, and I work on grounds. This semester I am the full-time garbage man (or sanitation engineer, as I like to say) for the entire campus.
I was born in Boone, North Carolina, and moved to Bristol, Tennessee, at a young age. I was born into a large family: 3 half-sisters and 2 half-brothers, along with my mother and father. My father is the pastor of my church, and my mother is a stay-at-home mom. We never had a lot of money, but God has always helped us make it through. I was always active in church, sports, hunting, and fishing. When I was a junior in high school, my parents decided to take in a big responsibility by adopting four young children into our family through foster care. After this, we had no idea how we were going to be able to afford any colleges at all, so I prayed to God that I could get enough scholarship money to afford tuition.
I had never heard of Alice Lloyd College until my last semester of my senior year. My cousin, and baseball teammate at the time, was talking about coming here for a visit. He told me that the school has a tuition guarantee for students from our area, and as long as we participated in work-study, we didn’t have to pay a dime. I was beyond excited. So excited, in fact, that I visited the campus the very next week. I fell in love with ALC and its “at home” kind of atmosphere, and decided to attend.
My freshman year here flew by. The teachers are very gifted, and the majority of the faculty and students feel like a family to me now. In work-study I gave 100% effort, and because we work so close together, it feels like a team to me. My reward was being hired for the summer work program at ALC this past summer and becoming a student supervisor for the following semester.
This is where you come into my life. Without your donations to this college, I would not have the opportunities that have been given to me here at Alice Lloyd. My life has gained a multitude of potential, simply because someone who doesn’t even know me was kind enough to donate their hard-earned money. The experiences I’ve had here at ALC will last a lifetime and is sure to give me great opportunities in the future. For this, I am eternally thankful to you. I hope God blesses you in everything you do.
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