Pashone leans on life of involvement

Campus Times
February 27, 1998

photo by Michael P. Bailey

Referring to her co-curricular involvement with Iota Delta Sorority, ASF and other organizations, "I spend most of my time indoors," said senior English major Jennifer Pashone.

by Angelica Martinez
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Time management has become Jennifer Pashone's best friend throughout her college career.

A senior English major with a minor in political science, Pashone has had to learn how to manage her time with numerous activities on campus, her classes, family life and having fun.

Throughout her college experience, Pashone has been a member of Iota Delta Sorority, and the Associated Student Federation (ASF) Forum; she has been yearbook editor, a Spotlight Weekend Leader, an Orientation Week Leader and has had an active role in the Residence Housing Association.

Currently, she is taking graduate observation hours to fulfill her major. However, Pashone reveals her secret to success is learning to be involved while keeping up grades.

"You must remember that school comes first, then your job and family and always make time to have fun with friends," she said.

An art she has been able to master -- time management -- has also played an important role in Pashone achieving her career objective.

According to Pashone, she wishes to "teach high school English" and later "become an administrator."

In lieu of this, Pashone has spent some time at her alma mater, Walnut High School, coordinating 60 yearbook staff students as yearbook adviser.

Her job consisted of coordinating two 30-student classes, after the original adviser was unable to do so. Pashone was asked to return and help, which allowed her to gain experience in the career she is currently pursuing.

"I loved having my own class and making lesson plans. I felt like I was making a difference," she said.

Pashone admits that teachers at the University have been an inspiration by being challenging. However, the true passion for teaching is derived from her father's dedication.

"My father is an English high school teacher. I see him and I want to do the same thing," she said.

Pashone, whose favorite childhood memory is of playing soccer, says her family has been "extremely supportive."

In her perspective, both schooling and family have helped her acquire the leadership skills that have given her "the confidence" as well as the "passion" for her career.

Among those acquired skills have been good, bad and ugly experiences. As she put it, "the good, the bad and the ugly, have helped me mature. Thanks to all of that, I am an adult."

However, with those experiences have also come highlights, which, according to Pashone, are the lifelong "memories of friends and the successes achieved through college."

In looking back at her freshman year, Pashone sees herself as a person different from who she is today. Included in those differences is the ability to accept responsibility.

"I'm a lot more mature now. I can take responsibility for the good and the bad things I have done. Before, it was not like that. But now I can admit when I'm wrong," she said.

Kate Mueller, coordinator of student development programs, said Pashone shows her abilities through her work.

"I know that when she takes on a project it will get done, and it will get done right," said Mueller.

According to Mueller, Pashone displays a character with "reliability, commitment and enthusiasm."

"She truly loves ULV, and thrives on being involved," said Mueller.

Although Pashone's college career is about to finish, her devotion to ULV has been portrayed through her involvement.

She has no doubt that her experience at ULV has been "definitely successful and fulfilling."

With her will be memories of deadlines, meetings and sorority rushes, as well as all the other memories acquired through the walls of the University.