#WCW Jasman Ware
City: Atlanta GA
Occupation: College Adviser- Georgia College Advising Corps
Tell us about Yourself ! (What do you do?) : The Georgia College Advising Corps is a segment of the national College Advising Corps. The Corps trains recent college graduates to work alongside high school staff and faculty in promoting a college-going culture in underserved communities with the ultimate goal of boosting college enrollment for low-income, first-generation students. I'm serving as the very first college adviser at Benjamin Elijah Mays high school in Atlanta, Georgia. I organize college fairs, college and recruiter visits, assist students in locating scholarships, essay revisions, and in finding their best academic match and fit post secondary option.
What inspired you to get started?: I was inspired to give back because my own struggles with getting to, and staying in college. Going into my freshman year of college I was living in a low-income, single parent home in addition to being first-generation. I was completely misinformed with the college process and college costs. I applied to just one school and no scholarships. I went to college with just $20.00 and quickly found out that my preconceived notions about how college would be were wrong. I want to save as many students as possible from struggling as much as I did when I went to college. I advise because I see myself in my students.
Who/What helped prepare you to start?: The Georgia College Advising Corps staff helped prepare me for my role as an adviser. Before entering into my school I went through an intense, month long, summer training. Furthermore, I have 18 amazing coworkers that are also advisers throughout the state and we share ideas, failures, and successes so that we each can better serve our schools.
Who/what has been most influential in supporting you?: My parents! Despite graduating from the University of Georgia without the slightest idea of what I wanted to do or be, my parents never stopped offering me words of encouragement. They continued to remind me that though I may not always know what's going on God always has a plan.
If you had one word of advice for other women wanting to make an impact what would it be?
My advice for women wanting to make a difference in the world is to be the change that you want to see!
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