Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

Doreen Onipede Jackson

Posted: April 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Where are you from?
Fuquay Varina, NC
Where are you currently?
Bethesda, MD
What year did you graduate?
What was your major?
Do you have any advanced degrees?
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
I am currently in the United States Air Force obtaining my medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a full-ride scholarship program that grants an opportunity for students to obtain their Bachelor’s degree.  This program is for those interested in pursuing a degree in the Sciences. Not only does this program provide a great educational program for young students, it also provides a family atmosphere that is conducive for young students to succeed at the university level.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
The staff of DNIMAS and the upperclassmen who served as my mentors encouraged me to participate in summer internships.  These experiences helped me to set future career goals. Guidance from the DNIMAS staff and other DNIMAS alumni also helped in develop a path which would help me to achieve my goals.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS aided in creating a network of scholars.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I pledged Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  I was also a member of the American Association of University Women(AAUW), Student Ambassadors. I also tutored in the STARS and ACCESS tutoring programs, mentored in the DNIMAS program.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
My favorite DNIMAS memory occurred during my Junior year. I was having a very hard semester and was considering dropping a course in order to maintain my scholarship.  If it was not for the DNIMAS  staff who continued to encourage me and and push me to finish out the semester, I would not have graduated with my scholarship. I will forever be indebted to those who encouraged me to fight through hard times in order to enjoy the the good one afterwards.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
I do not think that this program instills enough pride into its students.  Many students who feel empowered by being a part of DNIMAS gained this from seeing other students who showed them the prestige associated with it.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would be in a lot of debt, and would not have a network of friends that could continue to support me throughout my future endeavors.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Reach for the moon and you will land among the stars. Have pride in knowing that you are a DNIMAS scholar.

Reach for the moon and you will land among the stars. Have pride in knowing that you are a DNIMAS scholar.

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