Majors: Political Science and History
Jackson Hunter has been recommended as an Outstanding Graduate for the College of Liberal Arts by Betty Sims, CSU’s Scholarship and Student Program Coordinator. Most notably, his role as the President of the Liberal Arts Dean’s Leadership Council and Speaker, as well as his accomplishments at the 2022 World Championships for Irish Dance have inspired his nomination. Learn more about Jackson’s story below:
1. Why did you choose to study at CSU?
“I chose to study at CSU for the programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts and the resources available through the university.”
2. How has your background shaped your experience here at CSU, and what advice would you give to students of similar identities?
“In high school I was a dual enrollment student through Dallas College and was able to complete my associate’s degree at the same time I finished high school. Coming from a community college atmosphere, it was much different to the atmosphere of CSU, but my advice to students coming from a similar background would be to utilize the resources of a larger university any chance you get. Make connections, get to know your faculty and professors, and research what resources are available to you.”
3. What accomplishments from your educational career at CSU are you most proud of? How were you able to accomplish those things?
“Through my academic career at CSU I am most proud to be graduating in two years with my B.A. in Political Science and my B.A. in History with a focus in economics. The time it has taken to achieve these has not always been easy, but I am proud to have obtained my degrees. During my time at CSU I also have been heavily involved in student government and have held many student leadership roles. These include President of the Liberal Arts Dean’s Leadership Council, Residence Hall Association Senator, and Speaker of the Student Body for the Associated Students of Colorado State University. These roles have allowed me to grow as a leader and gave me the opportunity to connect with incredible individuals at the university such as College of Liberal Arts Dean Ben Withers and Dr. Blanch Hughes.”
4. What has been the most challenging aspect of your educational career so far? How have you overcome those difficulties?
“The most challenging aspect of my educational career so far has been the transition from online classes to a more in-person, face-to-face format. I found that over the course of the pandemic I had gotten used to a more casual way of learning. Going back to full in person classes made it challenging to stay present and focused.”
5. What are your post-graduation plans and goals?
“Currently, I plan to continue my stay in Fort Collins. Because I am graduating two years early I am planning on taking time to be a 20-year-old and rest a little bit before eventually pursuing graduate school.”