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  • I found my passion for education and helping others.

    Gerald Johnson II

    Jacksonville, FL

    Graduation Year: 2016

    Social Science Education (B.S.)

    Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, I never felt there was a concrete effort shown within the community to praise high educational standards.

    As a result, many graduating high school students chose not to pursue a college education, but instead, stayed within the city working locally with no plans of progression. I found myself nearly falling into this same mold as I applied for the local community college while working up to 50 hours at my local Winn-Dixie.

    It wasn’t until the end of Fall 2010 that I realized the importance of having an education and becoming a leading example for all of those within my community. Once my transfer application was accepted at Florida State University, I immediately enrolled in classes that challenged my prior understandings of life and forced me out of my comfort zone.

    While proceeding through my pre-requisites, I became more interested in the benefits of being an educator and the impact that I could have on the lives of many people.

    Social Science Education BS degreeclick here

    It was at Florida State University and the College of Education where I found the passion and drive for involvement within the field of education; a drive that was fueled by my new knowledge of how much of an impact having a good education could have on someone. The knowledge, understanding, and experiences that come with gaining an education is what builds the foundation of our society… and I wanted to a part of that building process.

    Since my enrollment at FSU, I’ve had the opportunity to attain numerous leadership roles: Student Body Vice President, 2014 Homecoming Chief, Vice President of the Executive Board of Seminole Student Boosters, Chairman of the FSU Campus Recreation Board, and more. I also stay involved with my community. I hope that I can be a role model for transfer students and my story can inspire others in similar situations to pursue a higher education.