Class of 2012
Major: Creative Writing
Favorite weekend activity: Environmental service, volleyball, football, reading, writing
Career Plans: Graduate school and teaching
"As part of a Break Away trip to Washington, D.C., that was focused on homelessness and hunger, I got a first-hand look at the struggles homeless people face every day.”
Having been a part of Upward Bound as a high schooler, creative writing major Jordon Jewett was familiar with the Johnson State College campus when it came time to make college decisions. "I spent a lot of summers here as part of Upward Bound, and I grew to love the campus, so I applied here."
Upward Bound did more than just introduce him to the campus, though. "It really introduced me to community service." In fact, as a high school student, Jordon participated in three Break Away alternative break service trips with JSC. His interest in serving the community has continued.
Jordon has been on two Break Away trips since starting at JSC. "I went to the Dominican Republic for two weeks. We stayed in an orphanage there and helped take care of the children, and then taught English at a local school." He describes the trip as eye opening and says that he'd like to go back again.
In 2010, as part of an effort to address issues of homelessness and hunger, Jordon attended a Break Away trip to Washington, D.C. "One thing we did was sell 'Street Sense' [a newspaper run by homeless people in Washington, DC, that attempts to provide homeless people with an income] on the street. We wore the orange vests, and I really got to experience how it feels to be treated like I was homeless by people walking down the street... It really made me appreciate how difficult it would be to have to try and get by on selling papers..."
In addition to his participation in Break Away, Jordon is president of Green Solutions, a campus environmental group that focuses on "greening the campus." For the past two years, Green Solutions has helped organize the High School Greening Summit, which brings area high schoolers to campus to offer creative solutions to environmental issues. Other Green Solutions efforts have included hosting a local farmers and artisans market on campus, and working to get solar panels on campus buildings.
When he graduates in 2012, Jordon hopes to continue writing and get his fantasy writing published. He also intends to work as an educator of students with special needs.