Jackson Arnold to further education at American University

by Billy Chandler

Jackson Arnold of Linden, Va. will receive a bachelor’s degree in media and communication with a minor in policy writing and analysis.

Arnold will graduate with the class of 2024. He is a member of the varsity baseball team, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Phi Sorority, Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, student government association, student judicial board, Emory & Henry Climate Collaborative, Office of International Education, honors program and The Whitetopper.

“The E&H experience has given me the opportunity to form my collegiate education in a manner that I wanted due to the broad programs and support from professors,” said Arnold. “I have grown up a lot during my time at Exit 26, using every class, activity and lecture to learn more about my place in the world.”

“It is tough to attribute my success to only one or two professors,” stated Arnold. He greatly appreciates English department chair Scott Boltwood for selecting him to be in the honors program at Emory & Henry. Arnold stated, “I thank him for seeing something inside of me that he believed was special and placing me in the honors program to be amongst some of the best scholars at our school which helped me achieve the academic success I have today.”

Arnold is also thankful to media and communications professor Mark Finney for keeping him focused on the path of success and Celeste Gaia, psychology professor and Director of International Education for assigning him the type of leadership role preparing students for future success. “Professor Finney is the most honest individual I know,” said Arnold. “Professor Gaia gave me the opportunity to be in a true leadership position on campus where I can test the waters of being the head of projects and events.”

“Without these three Emory & Henry professors, I wouldn’t be where I am at today.”

Following graduation, Arnold will pursue a master’s in political communication from American University. “By being able to create my own opportunities and dreams at Emory & Henry, I was able to set up my path to success to getting a full ride to graduate school,” said Arnold.

Arnold is a first-generation college student.

Our Emory & Henry seniors are preparing to graduate and change the world. See our seniors’ success stories at www.emoryhenry.edu/commencement

“Emory & Henry is a place to make your own dream, where the road won’t always be clear but you have tons of support from the people around you to help you get through the fog.”

—Jackson Arnold ’24

Location:

Linden, Va.

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