My name is Jami Jackson, and I am a full-time staff member of The Ohio State University. I have been the Financial Aid Advisor for the College of Dentistry for over a year now, and before that, I worked for a year in the Student Service Center. I use technology as my number one way to communicate with my students, typically through emails, newsletters, and the College’s financial aid webpage. One of my professional goals is to improve the financial aid webpage to make it more appealing and user-friendly. I hope that this course can help me accomplish this goal.
I grew up in Pickaway County, Ohio and attended the small school district of Westfall. I attended one school district my entire life and graduated with exactly 100 people in my class. After graduating high school, I attended Ohio University to pursue my degree in… everything! I knew I wanted to do something fun with my life and I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, but that opened the door to so many possibilities. I entered college with a declared major of high school education, graduated with a degree in middle childhood education and a minor in communication, and entertained five majors in between: early childhood education, communication, nursing, psychiatry, and philosophy. I now attend The Ohio State University in pursuit of my MA in Educational Technology. I started the program in Autumn 2013 and hope to graduate in Spring 2015.
My personal life is spent taking trips with my husband, spending time with our adorable furbaby, visiting my ailing grandma, and playing lots of music. My husband and I have been married for almost 7 years and traveling is our favorite thing to do. We love going to new places and experiencing a different culture, whether that’s here in the US or in a new country. My grandma is the light of my life. She’s always held a very dear place in my heart. I’ve been close with her since I was a child, and I spend every Saturday afternoon with her at her nursing home. My parents instilled the love of music in me since before I was even born. Now, I play and write music with my family band, I lead praise and worship at my church, and I use music as a way to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Once you add a full-time work schedule and a full-time class load to everything else I do, there isn’t much time for anything else. To say I like to keep busy is an understatement.