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“Life as a Vanguard” series introduces Jeremy Clark

June 30, 2021

Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clark

 

ASU-Beebe “Life as a Vanguard” series introduces Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clark, from Searcy, is an education major working toward a career in teaching.

“Actually, this is my second time to attend ASU-Beebe,” said Jeremy. “When I finished high school, this is where my brother was attending along with most of my friends. Once here, I loved it immediately.”

Jeremy says he grew up with a single mother who taught school and coached the girls’ volleyball teams. After graduating high school in 1997, he entered college with the intention of obtaining a degree and pursuing a career in teaching or coaching like his mother.   

“I was a member of the first group of students to serve in the ASU-Beebe Ambassadors in 1998, which gave tours to parents and prospective students and assisted faculty in campus events as needed,” Jeremy said.

He said midway through his third semester at ASU-Beebe, while working at the sheriff’s office, he left college to attend basic training at the Police Academy in Camden. “From early on, I was fortunate to have a successful career in law enforcement. I advanced quickly, but I always wanted to return one day and finish my college education. Twenty years later, I’ve had the opportunity to return to college and am on track to complete an associate degree in May,” Jeremy said.  

While he was at ASU-Beebe in 1999, Jeremy volunteered to support a Special Olympics event and stayed involved for the next 20 years, serving as an international delegate to the world’s largest fundraiser for Special Olympics for 14 years, and was elected Arkansas’ Deputy Director, serving from 2009 to 2015.

Since returning to ASU-Beebe, he said the most challenging change for him has been the technical advancements. “Online classwork is something new for me this year. Thankfully, the teachers have been very helpful,” Jeremy explained. “As a student, I learn much better in a physical setting with personal instruction. Covid has certainly taken a lot away from the hands-on classroom settings. Most of my instructors have adapted very well to the changes and made the experience as easy as possible for all of us.” 

“I was inspired to return to college because of my continuous desire to learn new things. Education is not a source of problems. Education is often a great solution to most any problem,” he said.

“I hope to continue my education in the field of psychology or sociology,” said Jeremy. “I still have a desire to enter the teaching field and with the ‘first hand’ knowledge I have from my previous career and my own life experiences as a single parent, I feel confident I can be of value in these areas.”

Jeremy offered advice to other students: “Take your studies seriously, but don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Too much stress will hinder your growth in all areas, especially mentally and emotionally. The experience of being a student alongside others can be the best education you ever receive. Take it all in, enjoy the moments and know you’re surrounded at ASUB by people who care and will get you through it.”

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. 

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