Leaving an impression
For Jacqueline Imonode, it wasn’t enough just to follow in
her family’s footsteps.
With eight siblings, five of whom attended Northern Arizona
University, it would have been easy for her to simply follow suit and walk in
the shadows of her older brothers and sisters. However, Imonode had a different
plan, and set out to carve her own path within the campus community.
Forging a path
Despite her family’s affiliation with the university,
Imonode wanted to keep her options open when deciding on which higher
institution to attend. However, she ultimately chose to come to Flagstaff after
falling in love with the campus during one of her routine trips to visit her
“The campus is really beautiful and I love Flagstaff,”
Imonode says. “I also liked the community-based feeling that I got. I now feel
like Northern Arizona University is my home.”
Imonode initially planned to major in dental hygiene, but
changed her major to speech sciences and technology once she discovered her
passion to work with younger people as a speech pathologist. In pursuing this
path, she was also excited about the opportunity to leave the comfort zone of
home and make a difference abroad
“I would really like to work in a school with kids who have
speech impediments,” Imonode says. “I’ve seen that speech pathologists can go
to developing countries and help where these kinds of resources aren’t readily
available to kids.”
Imonode is also a highly active member of the university
community. When she isn’t focusing on her homework, she spends time as a member
of the Student Health Advisory Committee, a group dedicated to improving health
conditions on campus, and as a member of the Chi Omega sorority on campus.
Building her legacy
Even though she has forged her own path, Imonode doesn’t
hesitate to seek the counsel of her more experienced siblings. Initially, she struggled to cope with an
increased workload and the more rigorous academic demands. She turned to her
older sister for help, who provided her with personal guidance and referred her
to Student Support Services,
which helped refine her study habits.
Imonode also joined the Office of Student Life as a student
worker. As a student employee, it is her responsibility to work with her peers
who miss an extended amount of time from classes and ensure that their professors
are fully aware of their absence. Imonode also works with clubs around campus
that request specific times and venues for events.
Imonode’s position requires regular interaction with her
fellow students, which she says allows her to be herself while on the job.
“I always have good interactions with all of the
students,” Imonode says. “I try to maintain professionalism on my own and work
hard to help others. I’m really grateful for that job, and am very lucky to be
working at a great place on campus.”