The scene opens on an investigation.
Yellow tape cautions the public from crossing the police line, while law enforcement searches for a motive. Meanwhile, a nearby investigator swabs surfaces and runs tests in hopes of determining who’s to blame.
For many, this scene might serve as a prime time television episode. For University of Houston-Victoria freshman Jamilah Jackson, however, it was a bit of inspiration.
The 18-year-old biology major and longtime science lover harbors dreams of joining the FBI.
“I was always the kid who watched the crime scene shows,” Jackson said. “I’d watch these shows and think, ‘we know they’re innocent, but we need to prove it.’ I’ve loved it since I was little.”
Jackson admitted the profession isn’t for everybody – especially those with weak stomachs – but she’s never been one to flinch at the sight of blood.
“I don’t get creeped out by anything,” she said with a laugh.
Jackson was born and raised in Missouri City, just outside of Houston. She graduated from Elkins High School in 2012. She chose to attend UHV after a friend suggested the school.
The girl who grew up as an only child said the adjustment to college life was easy. Now, wherever she goes, she is surrounded by friends.
“I wanted to attend a school that was small, but not too small,” she explained. “I didn’t want a big school because of the large teacher-student ratio. And UHV has been a really good fit. I made the right choice.”
While her studies keep her busy, Jackson said she still finds time for fun. She enjoys spending time with friends around the residence halls and at campus events. An avid reader, Jackson kicks back with a book when she can. She’s currently reading Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” series, the first book of which was UHV’s Community of Readers book for this year’s freshmen class.
She encouraged other students to follow their dreams and find something they’re truly passionate about. Basic courses occupy the first couple of years, so there is time to pick a major.
“It will come to you,” she said. “When you find what it is that really interests you, you’ll know. You should always follow that passion.”
I am a Jaguar is an online feature highlighting the exceptional students who attend the University of Houston-Victoria. To nominate a student, contact Paula Cobler, UHV interim director of marketing and communications, or call 361-570-4350.