Tri-C Graduate Wants to 'Change the Culture'
December 14, 2015
Dec. 17, Jamil Thomas will leave Tri-C with an associate degree in hand. But the Tri-C he is leaving is not the same one he came to. During Thomas’ time at the College, he has changed the College.
Thomas has been an active member of the Westshore Campus for the past two years as both a student ambassador and as a member of student government. He is the current treasurer of the Westshore Campus student government.
He and his fellow student government members created a campus food pantry at the Westshore Campus. It’s one of the accomplishments at Tri-C of which he is most proud.
As part of student government, he also took two trips to Washington, D.C. The students met with Ohio state representatives to discuss legislation that directly affected community college students. He said those trips were among his fondest memories from his tenure at the College.
“Tri-C can definitely change your life. It gave me so many opportunities, an affordable excellent education, and I met a lot of lifelong friends,” Thomas said.
He and his fellow campus legislators also helped the city of Westlake’s Adopt a Family program during the holidays.
It might then come as no surprise where his career ambitions lie.
“There are so many options for career paths with a political science degree. I’m not 100 percent sure which path I want to travel down right now, but I do know I want to help as many people as I can,” he said, adding that he would like to work with youths.
Thomas, a graduate of Lakewood High School, is thankful for all of the support and encouragement he received at Tri-C, crediting the College’s affordability, quality education and financial assistance. He plans to transfer to Cleveland State University this spring to continue his studies, the endgame being a master’s in political science.
“There are so many areas where strong trustworthy leaders are needed . . . There are so many disadvantaged groups. I want to make an impact. I want to change the culture and give people opportunities,” Thomas said.