Jahleel Shepherd

Jahleel Shepherd

#PeopleofNIU Photo by Institutional Communications

Hometown: Waukegan, IL

Major: Sociology

What do you like about our campus and community?
I like the diversity and the polite people.

What is something you have experienced at NIU that you will be able to take with you into future endeavors in your field?
Learning how to ask for help. Once I learned that, I can tell others to not be afraid to reach out.

Would you recommend NIU to others and why? What’s a general piece of advice you’d give to someone starting college?
Yes because this school has a fantastic environment with great people and it is not hard to memorize the layout of campus. There are so many clubs, activities, events and concerts to explore.

What is up next for you after your time at NIU? Any career aspirations you would like to share?
To hit the road towards my masters degree in becoming a successful counselor.

Where is your hometown? Is there a place you hope to call “home” long-term that you'd like to share?
In Waukegan. This place will always be “home.”

Any family or other loved ones you would like to mention?
My mother and my sister. You are present through everything I go through. I am forever grateful.

What inspires you?
The feeling of peace, encouragement, and people praying for me.

What is the biggest challenge you've faced?
Not ignoring what people say about me and passing my Geography class. I’m glad to say I overcame both.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Do not change who you are and what you are for others.”

If you could escape your responsibilities and do whatever you wanted, what would your plans be?
To travel, bowl, and play badminton

What did you used to want to be when you grew up? How about now?
I wanted to be a tennis player. Now I want to be a counselor for teenage adolescents.

What was your first job?
Six Flags Great America

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