Thinking Ahead: College-minded Roger's Creek student visits TWC

Posted on: February 11, 2014

For one Roger's Creek Elementary student, it's never too early to start preparing for college.

For one Roger’s Creek Elementary student, it’s never too early to start preparing for college. Eighth grader Justin Jaeger has known since he was a kindergartner that he was college-bound.
“I want to go to medical school,” said Jaeger, whose dream of being a doctor is fueled by his interest in science. “I feel like I’ve always known that I want to pursue a college degree.”
Jaeger recently scored exceptionally high on the EXPLORE Test, a pre-ACT test that can be taken in 8th or 9th grade that can help students start to plan their high school courses, prepare for the ACT, or choose a career direction. Jaeger’s teacher Teresa Tallent wanted to reward him for his hard work by setting up a TWC visit that would allow him to explore the campus and sit in on a science class.
“I love that TWC is small and private,” said Jaeger, who attended an early morning Microbiology class taught by Caroline Young, a TWC assistant professor in the department of natural sciences. “Everyone on campus was extremely nice and I enjoyed the class I got to sit in on. I understood what the professor was teaching and could have answered most of the questions.”
Jaeger’s dream of going to college and becoming a doctor is his most important focus as he enters high school.
“I want to help people,” he said. “I want to use my gifts to help people.”