Jacqueline Dupree has experienced hardships in her life. But that hasn’t stopped her from wanting to help others in need too.
“I’m a giving person and I hate to see people want for things,” she said. “I get more joy out of giving.”
After having spent almost 14 years outside the workforce due to a lung disease, Jacqueline finally decided to go back to school.
“I started to feel a little better because of a new medication I am now taking and I decided I didn’t want to be at home for the rest of my life,” she said. “I needed to make an effort to go back to school and make my life something. I didn’t want to give in to my disability. Everyone needs to find their self-worth.”
In her first attempt at returning to school, Jacqueline tried to attend an on-the-ground community college. However, she soon became physically exhausted from the long walk to and from campus each day.
“I was actually driving home from Tri-C when I first saw Chancellor,” said Jacqueline. “I went in to see what they were about and went from there.”
As Jacqueline’s education progressed, she decided that she needed to put her compassion to work – she wanted to enter the nonprofit sector.
“Seeing other people go through more than what I’ve been through made me want to do nonprofit,” said Jacqueline. “I’m a giving person and I hate to see people want – especially children – and I will do what I can for them if I have it to give.”
After speaking with her adviser, she determined that a major in public administration coupled with some hard work, would be the best track to attain her goals.
“I spent a lot of time with the tutors at CU,” she said. “I love Paul and Ray. I don’t know what I would do without them. I’m really grateful for the tutoring staff.”
And with hard work, came opportunity. In her senior year, Jacqueline received an internship that ultimately led to a job offer – her first in more than ten years.
“My education at Chancellor has given me a much better insight into the business world; how business may run, how to come up with different ideas, and to sit back and listen,” she said. “It also prepared me to still learn even once you get a job.It’s still a learning process.”
She adds, “Everything I have worked so hard has been to give back. I just feel that if you come within my vicinity, I’m supposed to do what I can to make you happy. I like to see people smile and I want my career to be about that, too.”