Hello CSS Community: My name is Jevaughn Hogan and I am currently a sophomore double majoring in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Physiology & Neurobiology and Public Health Science.
The College Success Scholars Program has helped me grow as both a mentor and a student during my time at the University. I recently declared a double degree in Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology and Public Health Science. However, my workload was difficult to handle. I was very involved on campus and I wanted to preach my mentees to do the same because of the networking opportunity and the connections you form in college. But, one thing I failed to drive home was time management. I talked about making a schedule and attempting to make time for everything you desire in college. However, I have learned that sometimes it is best to let a hobby go if you know it is having a detrimental effect on your academic performance. It is important to put time into things that will accelerate you forward, and not leave you stagnant or behind. This is something I will continue to preach to my mentees for the remainder of my tenure as a Team Leader.
Another principle College Success Scholars program instilled in me is to never give up on your aspirations. As a freshman, I just knew that my road to medicine would be smooth. But, that quickly changed my freshman year in college. I saw leadership roles and internships that required a 2.5 or 3.0 grade point average. Having an insufficient grade point average is one thing. But, not being able to apply knowing that you could have a great chance of getting the position is another. My grade point average still weighs heavy on my conscience. I have been in the College Success Scholars program enough to see that giving up is never an option. There are endless opportunities to reach for. I may not get the popular internships or research experiences. It may take longer for me to get professional experience than my fellow brothers. However, I must stand strong not only as a CSS Team Leader, but as a Resident Assistant in Centreville Hall. I stand for something and I will continue to stand for myself.