Jaalin made the most of his time at Randolph Macon College. He made a goal in his sophomore year to get involved on campus, which he achieved by joining both academic and social organizations. Jaalin joined the Black Cultural Society, Service Fellows, Macon Outdoors, Dining Service committee, and his fraternity Kappa Sigma (for which he served as the Scholarship Chair and ultimately Vice President). He was also hired to work as a Resident Advisor for campus housing. All the while he kept his GPA up!
H gave back to Bridges by serving as a summer counselor, where proved to be an excellent leader and demonstrated strong relationships with the students. He was able to show our high school students and example of a young man who worked hard and was rewarded with collegiate success.
Today, Jaalin lives in Fredericksburg, VA, just outside of DC. Here is more, in his words, about his journey.
In his words
"After I graduated in the summer of 2019 with a degree in Computer Science I originally started out as a contractor working for the government after about 6 months I switched over to be a government employee, so I could stay on the team I was working with. I work for the DOD as a Software Engineer at the Dahlgren Naval Warfare Center on Tomahawk Missile System Software.
"Receiving the Warlick Scholarship changed a lot, and has continued to change a lot for me, that was $20k+ in additional student loans I don’t have to pay. That’s money towards a house I’ll be able to use now. Without it I don’t know what I would’ve done my last year of college. I was in a situation where I couldn’t afford a meal plan but I still had enough of a financial aid surplus to take the money and use that for my groceries all year. Without the Warlick scholarship I would not have been able to afford food. I would’ve had to pay pocket which I couldn’t afford to do."
His advice for students
"My advice to students who are preparing for college would be to really sit down and think about why you are going to college and what you hope to gain from the experience. When you are making decisions in college whether deciding what clubs to join or even your major do this with that in mind."