A Leader Emerges at Oakton
Jason Nwosu embraces the challenges college brings – both inside and outside the classroom.
If he’d had the chance, Jason Nwosu would have turned in more high school homework assignments. But as a main breadwinner for his family, he worked long hours after school at Jewel-Osco, often arriving home too late to even think about cracking a book. “I always did well on tests, but missing homework kept my grades lower than I would have liked,” Nwosu admits.
After high school, he enrolled at Robert Morris University, but both the commute and cost were prohibitive. “I had to find another option,” he explains, “and since Oakton was just five minutes from my home, I thought, why not?”
During his first semester, Nwosu joined the Economics Club and enrolled in the Emerging Leader Program, through which he organized an “Eat Smart” event that served free samples of Indian food from Café Spice and healthy drinks from Pepsi to more than 300 students. Then, in spring 2013, he was elected to serve as Student Trustee on Oakton’s Board. “I’ve had amazing opportunities to grow at the College – and not just academically,” he says. “I never imagined Oakton would offer such a full college experience.”
Nwosu, who continues to work in addition to taking a full load of classes, hopes to attend Loyola University or the University of Wisconsin-Madison after wrapping up his associate’s degree at Oakton. His final goal: to earn a Ph.D. at Northwestern University in behavioral psychology. “I’ve got a long, exciting road ahead of me,” he says with a smile.