Anjelica Jackson ‘10 wanted to go to a really big school, far from home—until at her mother’s urging she visited Washington College.
“From the moment I stepped onto campus, this felt like home,” she says. “This is a very close-knit community of people who care about you—just like family.”
Anjelica knows that family is the most important thing. A psychology major in the clinical/counseling track, she plans to pursue graduate studies in marriage and family counseling. She picked up a second major in business management, in anticipation of one day operating her own family counseling center.
“I see so many hurting people, especially in the family dynamics,” says Anjelica. “You never realize how your family affects everything you do. Those relationships form the basis of who you are. I’d like to teach people how to be the best person they can be.”
Her Washington College experience introduced her to those teaching tools. “I had the most amazing behavior modification class,” she exclaims. “In the lab, we ran experiments modifying our own behavior, the behavior of our friends, and the behavior of a group.”
During an internship at the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC, she also had the opportunity to meet some of the leading psychologists in the field. As an intern in the APA’s minority fellowship program, Anjelica sat in on sessions focusing on research methods, grant writing and publishing. She also talked with family therapy professionals about career paths and collected some great contacts for graduate school applications.
And every day, she gets to practice making someone feel better. As a peer mentor, she helped first-year students settle into the routine of college life. “Everyone wants to know if they’ll be homesick. I tell them yes, just like I was at first. Then I got involved—Campus Christian Fellowship, Black Student Union, the Honor Board, my job as an Admissions tour guide—and I’ve been busy ever since.”
Q & A
Hometown and high school? Bowie, MD; Riverdale Baptist School.
Favorite class? Theories of Personality taught by Dr. Ralph Surette. I’ve had some amazing classes since I’ve been at WAC – there’s no one semester that I can say that I haven’t had at least one life-changing class. But there was something about the way that Dr. Surette taught this class. He didn’t just teach theories of personality, he taught life experiences. TAKE THE CLASS. I promise it will change your life.
Recommended professor? Dr. Lauren Littlefield is among the rare breed of professors that truly cares about the students. She challenges you not only to be good, but to be better than you ever thought you could be, and she presents the information in a way that is practical and applicable to real life. Now that I think about it, that type of professor may not be common everywhere but they’re definitely common at WAC.
Most memorable experience as a first-year student? One of my best friends, Tri, and I got to record a song (a legitimate song in a recording booth with background singers and everything). It was probably cruel and unusual to everyone we subjected to listening to it, but for us it was one of the most unforgettable experiences of our lives.
If you could be a condiment, which one would you be and why? Barbecue Sauce- I bring the flavor. If you don’t know what I mean, just let it marinate.
If you had a superpower, what would it be and why? The ability to walk through walls. I’m kind of clumsy, so most of the time I’m running into walls :( I think it would be kind of nice to not run into them all the time.