“Access to education is the great equalizer”
See how Justine was featured by the U.S. Department Veteran Affairs in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the GI Bill.
I joined the Navy, at the age of 17, with Algebra being the highest level of Math I had ever achieved. I remember getting my aptitude test back from the Navy Recruiter and them telling me I had barely passed the ASVAB by 1 or 2 points. Luckily, I decided to go in anyway and made the best of it. If it wasn’t for the GI Bill, I would have never had the opportunity to go to college. I was the first person to graduate from college in my family on both sides. I remember being so overwhelmed with the community college admissions process and having to study twice as hard as my friends just to get a C. I remember not understanding how to navigate the FAFSA or how to even choose a major. And don’t even get me started on learning how to juggle a full-time job with a full-time school load so I could pay my rent.
Once I graduated with my Master’s at the age of 26, I jumped headfirst into paying it forward and working within the higher education admissions space. I remember relating to every first-generation college student on a level most of my colleagues could not comprehend. I remember simplifying the process for them in a way I wish someone would have done for me. And now, I am simplifying the process of innovation and entrepreneurship for courageous creators everywhere. I am using my decade of experience in higher education, student services, and curriculum development to build educational tools for you to learn how you can defy the odds in your own unique way.
Knowledge is power but access to education is the great equalizer.
Justine knows how to do the work. She's not interested in the shortcut, she's not interested in checking it off her list. She wants to know how and why all the gears work, what's the problem that needs to be solved, and then builds from there. She is extremely capable in applying this method to every facet of her life, business and philanthropy efforts.
-Nikki James Zellner
Founder of Where Content Connects