Five Minutes with Jamilia Johnson, Admissions Representative

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Admissions Representative Jamilia Johnson always sets students’ needs as her top priority. She helps young men and women in the thumb area explore their educational opportunities at The University of Olivet, always with a smile, positive attitude and unforgettable laugh. As a first generation college student herself, Jamilia recognizes the unique set of challenges many students face when pursuing higher education, but her approach to recruiting ensures students have the tools and resources they need to succeed. Her passion for her role stems from the belief that all students should have the same opportunities, and she strives to help young Comets to OC graduates reach their goals.

Why do you love OC?

Working for The University of Olivet has given me the chance to build on my existing skill set, and gain skills that I previously did not have. Every day I get to collaborate with people campus wide who are always warm, welcoming and helpful. In my role, I get a chance to work closely with students and families. Getting to know who they are as people and their individual stories is always inspiring. I get to help them through their college decision process, which is a huge one for a family. I love that I’m able to be a part of it from start to finish.

Where does your passion for higher education stem from?

Throughout my high school experience, I got a chance to be a part of a program called Upward Bound. Upward Bound is a college readiness program for students who may not have resources available to pursue higher education. I learned what FAFSA was, how financial aid works, and even got a chance to tour some colleges. From my experiences, I’ve learned that every student and family deserves to know that college is an option and deserves the tools to make their future happen. I want to be here to provide as much information as possible and make sure the process goes smoothly.

Why do you encourage students to attend OC?

The second a student chooses to be here, they are a part of the The University of Olivet family! There are so many people here willing and ready to help. You can’t find that anywhere else. Everyone at OC wants every single student to succeed beyond graduation and in every aspect of life.

Members of the OC admissions team build relationships with students, helping them seamlessly transition from high school to college.
What do you look forward to in your role?

Orientation is one of my favorite times in the admissions process. I get to see every student I’ve worked with and connect with other students who I haven’t worked with. Seeing the students light up when they get their schedules and official student IDs is a very rewarding feeling. Everything becomes real for them and it’s great to be able to see those stars align.

What is the number one piece of advice you share with students?

I like to tell students that it’s ok to ask for help. Many people are willing to take the second step with a student if they are willing to take the first. Go to your professor’s office hours, go to tutoring and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

What is an interesting or little known fact about yourself?

The mango pineapple dressing in the Kirk Center, OC’s main cafeteria, is my favorite salad dressing. It goes on salad, veggies, everything – it’s the best! Also, I’ve worked as a high school volleyball coach in the Lansing School District and volleyball continues to be one of my biggest passions. I love cheering on my sister and fellow Comet, Jillian, and the entire OC team!

Learn more about the entire expert admissions team by attending an upcoming event or scheduling a personalized campus visit. Contact the Office of Admissions at 800.456.7189 or admissions@uolivet.edu for more information.


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