College Changes Everything: Jonathan Lockwood

This video blog is the fourth of eight installments in a series that profiles college access professionals. During the selected interviews, participants explain how college proved to be a “game changer” in their lives. Interviews will appear on MCAN's blog every Tuesday, June 14 through August 2. 



Jonathan Isiah Lockwood

Colleges Attended
Alpena Community College (2011-12), Saginaw Valley State University (2012-15)

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts in History and Minor in English

Current Job Title/Employer
College Adviser, Michigan College Access Network’s AdviseMI program

Year of College Graduation
Saginaw Valley State University, 2015

Who, if anyone, encouraged you most to attend college?
My father. He always told me I was going to go to college because he was first generation in his family and it changed his life.

What surprised you most about college?
The people! I met people from all over the United States and the world. I never imagined I would have met my best friends in college, but I did. 

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while attending college?
Passing math classes! I was terrible at mathematics, so I had to spend a lot of time in the tutoring center. That was a hurdle because I thought everyone was going to judge me for going there and not being smart enough to just pass the class. However, everyone at the tutoring center was really great and the majority of students being tutored were fellow classmates who I thought would never need tutoring. 

Where do you think you'd be/what might you be doing if you hadn't attended college?
I would most likely have joined the service. Or be working in Alpena with my old summer job doing roofing.

Feel free to expand on your video response to tell us more about how/why college was a “game changer” for you.
College was a game changer because it allowed me to find my passions and explore them, both in and out of the classroom. I found subjects I was passionate about in my major and outside the classroom I found things I was passionate about like volunteering. I learned that volunteering was the most rewarding thing someone can do with their time. It helped me to become a more aware and involved citizen in my local community. 

Posted: July 5, 2016

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