February 25, 2020
By Payton Dhooge, Marketing/Public Relations Intern
Lacey Rowe-Jackson is a freshman at ASU-Beebe who enjoys spending time with friends and giving back to the community.
Jackson grew up around the Searcy area as part of a big family with four brothers and two sisters. Placed into foster care at age three, she was adopted two years later by her foster mom. Attending school at Pangburn, Bald Knob, then for the majority Bradford, she became involved in basketball, track, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), and Beta Club.
An especially memorable experience from high school for Jackson was when she had the opportunity over two consecutive summers to work with the janitors and cafeteria workers. “Becoming friends with the staff members whose jobs are often unnoticed, helped me have appreciation for all members of a community,” said Jackson.
In high school, Jackson was unsure of what she wanted to pursue in college. She joined with her friends last spring in attending the Vanguard Day to preview ASU-Beebe. She was introduced to several instructors, programs offered, and the campus environment. She chose ASU-Beebe, saying the college was not far from her home, and provided a comfortable opportunity to be on her own. “Since then, I’ve made new friends, been more social since coming from a small town, and everyone is really friendly,” Jackson said. She lives in Legacy Hall and enjoys having her own space in college. On the weekends she is still able to make it back home to spend time with her family.
A first-generation college student, Jackson is interested in many different areas of study with her career plan to become a teacher in either art or science. Lacey was inspired in her career choice by a high school history teacher who taught in a fun and interactive way. She said he “inspired me to be myself during an important time in my life.”
Jackson also said ASU-Beebe is giving her further opportunity to explore what she is interested in through courses she normally would not have taken. In her communications class, she unexpectedly found that she was inspired by the speeches she listened to and enjoyed giving them as well. Another class that Jackson unpredictably enjoyed was theater. Even though she never had an interest in theater previously, Jackson says she has been having fun and looking forward to getting involved in plays.
Jackson has also been active and involved on campus. She serves as treasurer of the Student Government Association where she is active in helping other cabinet members make decisions and suggestions of new policies that would benefit the student body. Along with SGA she is the secretary of the food pantry and is a member of the Student Leadership Experience, where she has previously joined other student leaders in hiking Sugar Loaf Mountain behind the Heber Springs campus. Jackson said she had never done anything like this before and that this was an amazing experience.
A hobby she particularly enjoys is art, whether it be painting with acrylic or drawing with charcoal and pencil. She loved drawing when growing up, and looks at everything around her now as art and having purpose.
Upon graduation from ASU-Beebe, Jackson plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education at either the University of Central Arkansas or Arkansas State University using the 2+2 agreement.
When asked what has motivated her, she said her family has always been her inspiration to keep going and to make her own decisions in life. A motto that inspires her to continue her education is from the song Johnny Boy by Twenty One Pilots: “Get up ‘cause the world has left you lying on the ground.”
Jackson offered advice for other students who are starting their college education: “Don’t worry, the teachers and staff are friendly and there to help. Try to stay organized, it will be okay. Don’t limit what you can do, get involved.”
Life as a Vanguard is a social media series produced by the ASUB Office of Marketing and Public Relations. These are ‘get to know’ articles of interest about students, faculty, and staff within the Vanguard campus community.