Scholars Speak: Guest Blog by Forman Scholar Starr Jackson

Starr Jackson shares his thoughts to our Scholars Speak student blog series. Starr is a junior at Boston University, where he is majoring in political science. 

Read on to hear about Starr’s decision to transfer schools during his college career, the advice he has for applying to college and things he wished he knew as a first-year student. 

What does pursuing a college degree mean to you?  

A college degree will allow me to pursue the career of my dreams.

What’s something you didn’t know during your first year in college that you wish you knew?  

I didn’t know that I needed to understand the culture of a university before attending. 

What is your most memorable academic moment from your time in college? 

Making the decision to transfer to Boston University was a major milestone in my college journey, a turning point that allowed me to better focus on my future career goals and aspirations. 

Tell us a time when you overcame a challenge. 

College is one big balancing act. Very often you have to juggle your studies, your work, and your social life. It’s not always easy, but it will all pay off in the end. 

For people who may not know about the Foundation, what role has the Foundation played in your educational journey?  

The Foundation has truly been the greatest source of assistance in my college career. If I ever need help or advice, I know I can always reach out to them. 

As someone who grew up in either Salem or the Salem area, how has your community shaped your upbringing, and what do you think is needed to ensure the best future for Salem? 

Salem has shaped me into the person I am today. I had a very enlightened upbringing, with the Salem community offering a different way of life than most college students will ever experience. 

If you had to give one piece of advice to a student who is applying for college, what would it be and why?  

Reach out to current students. If you have a favorite campus, make sure to connect with as many people as you can from that university.