Student Spotlight: Cameron Jackson
Biochemistry major Cameron Jackson is looking forward to continuing his studies at UC Davis in the fall. And though he's anticipating a bright future in Northern California, he plans to focus on the past when he addresses the Class of 2019 as student speaker for the 72nd El Camino College Commencement Ceremony.
"I want to reflect on what we have right here at El Camino College," said Jackson, a Hawthorne resident and the first in his family to attend college. "El Camino College not only provides knowledge; this is a place that can change how we perceive the world. It is also a place of opportunity because many ECC students are the first in their family to go to college, and they make all kinds of sacrifices to get here. Education is the answer to everything, and El Camino College facilitates change in our community."
Jackson first enrolled in a summer biology class at El Camino College two years ago, while still a student at Hawthorne High School. He enjoyed the class so much he decided to take the high school exit exam so he could become a full-time college student at the age of 16. Jackson has made the most of his time at ECC, becoming an active member of the Science Club and joining the Honors Transfer Program, where he received the Exemplary Achievement Scholarship Award for his original scientific research at the statewide annual honors student conference. Jackson found time to take 21 units this semester (including three STEM courses) while working two jobs to cover school expenses. He will graduate from ECC in June after earning 80 units in just a year and half. He credits El Camino College faculty and staff for helping him meet his goals.
"Everyone is so helpful and though it was a lot of work, my counselors and teachers never said, 'No, you can't do this;' they all care that students get to the next step," he said. "El Camino College is the bridge between wherever you want to be in life to where you are now. I believe El Camino College can get you to any university and to any job."