BHS Grad Series: Christopher Jemison
Learn more about this hard-working and talented BHS graduate:
How did your education at Belleville High School prepare you for what you did after graduation and what you are doing today?
Mrs. Green's math class increased my proficiency in mathematics. I had several influential instructors in the sciences: Mr. Bowe, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Irelan, and Mr. Mackie. Their passion for the sciences served as an example as to what is possible in academics and what knowledge and skills there are to explore.
Advice for current BHS students who are interested in pursuing a career in your field:
If you're not where you need to be in a certain area, don't feel like it's too late to recoup and improve. One of the most heartbreaking things you can hear a person say is that they could have been someone. It's never too late. Find a mentor who you trust and who trusts you -- a good mentor can change your entire life's trajectory. A mentor can be a source of guidance, opportunity, and advice as well as a comforting presence you know has your back and who you can go to when you need a reminder of what you're capable of.
Consider trying to be the best -- this was something I had never considered until after high school and I quickly realized that I did have the aptitude to do so once I genuinely considered it as an option.
Talk to your professors about research, because you might find that their passion inspires you to do similar work and you might even be able to work with them. It's never too early to start pursuing that -- I was doing academic research my second semester in college and have since presented at several national and local research conferences.
As cliche as it sounds: you wear your passion on your sleeve and people tend to respond very positively to that.
If you're going to the GRE or MCAT (for graduate school or med school): start preparing for that sooner rather than later.
Finally, don't be afraid to change your mind, the whole point of college or trade school is being able to earn the means to do something you enjoy.
What does a "day in the life of you" look like?
I start by reviewing material for the classes I have that day. Then, I go to class and spend the next hour or so discussing that lecture with my classmates. After that I usually cook breakfast or lunch for my wife and myself before sitting down and studying or doing homework.
The studying and homework usually take up most of the day, but I always find time to play guitar, workout, tidy the house, and make dinner. During non-COVID times, I often made time to play or go to local punk shows.