Zakiya Jackson Alumni SoCal
Zakiya Jackson
College Summit taught me that I have the power to change my future, a realization that helped me get through my senior year and graduate with honors.

My fellow Peer Leaders and I were voted “Peer Leader Team of the Year” at my high school because we were constantly hosting college application workshops, college nights, and developed a senior wall that shared motivational messaging to help other students strive for greatness.

College Summit ingrained in me that my biggest obstacle in my road to college and career was myself. After two semesters at community college, I thought I was over school. I thought I needed to stay home and contribute to household bills. The fact that I wasn’t fulfilling my promise to myself and my peers made me so sad. I went back to College Summit to volunteer. Being around this energy again, and this support system, convinced me that I had to go back to school. I’m proud to say that I successfully transferred to Texas Southern University, where I’m working hard to maintain my 3.0 GPA.