BlavinScholars.org: What degree(s) will you be receiving this spring and what inspired you to pursue that particular major?
Jodi: Major: Linguistics Minor: German. I decided to pursue linguistics as my major because it was one of the first classes I took that I really enjoyed. The class made me want to learn more on the subject beyond the class room. The German minor was more of an accident. By the time I finished my language requirement, I only needed three more additional classes; so I went for it.
BlavinScholars.org: What is your favorite U-M memory or experience and why?
Jodi: My favorite U-M memory: my first Blavin Thanksgiving. It was the last year it was held at Rachel’s house. It was fun, relaxing and the food was great. It was also the first time I really talked to the other scholars.
BlavinScholars.org: What are your short-term goals for after graduation?
Jodi: My short-term goals after graduation is to finish applying to grad schools. Also, to find a job/volunteer opportunity that I would enjoy in my gap year.
BlavinScholars.org: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Jodi: I see myself with my masters in Speech Pathology in 5 years. Hopefully with a job that helps others, in either a hospital or school setting.
BlavinScholars.org: How have you grown as a person since first entering college?
Jodi: I am not as shy or timid compared to when I first entered college, which is a big feat. I’ve gained confidence in areas I lacked before.
BlavinScholars.org: What excites you most about your future?
Jodi: What excites me the most about my future is having time for myself, being done with classes for a while. After taking classes for 4 years, 3 years year-round, a break seems like the best thing.
BlavinScholars.org: What advice about higher education and life, in general, would you give to high school students who have experienced foster care?
Jodi: My advice would be to reach out and ask for help. You’re only guaranteed to fail if you don’t try.
BlavinScholars.org: What advice would you offer to incoming Blavin Scholars?
Jodi: Become friends with the other scholars, it makes events much more fun. And reach out to the Blavin staff for anything, they’ll always try to help. Also, answer your emails as soon as you can.
BlavinScholars.org: What’s your biggest takeaway from your experience as a Blavin Scholar?
Jodi: My biggest takeaway is you will always have someone within the Blavin Program. Whether that’s as a friend, coach, or mentor. The Program is not limited to just foster care experience, but with everyday aspects of life.