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Jordan Whitening

Jordan Whitening

Communication and Emerging Media

Hometown: Stone Mountain, Georgia

Major: Recent communication and emerging media graduate

Graduated: May 2023

Why did you choose to attend GSW?
I chose to attend GSW because of the prestigious academic programs, as well as the family atmosphere on campus. I also decided to attend GSW to be a member of both the men's basketball team and the President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program (PJCLP).

Please list your University highlights, achievements, leadership and awards.

  • Men's Basketball, 4 years
  • Men's Cross Country, 1 year
  • President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program (PJCLP), 4 years
  • GSW Marshals, 3 years
  • African American Male Initiative (AAMI), 4 years
  • 3x Men's Basketball Scholar Athlete Award Winner
  • 1x Men's Cross Country Scholar Athlete Award Winner
  • 2022-23 Outstanding Leadership Student Engagement and Success Award
  • 2021-22 Peach Belt Conference Men's Basketball Team of Academic Distinction
  • 2021-22 Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll
  • 2021-22 Excellence in Communication and Emerging Media Award
  • Graduated in 4 years with a 3.32 GPA

Are you currently receiving any GSW scholarships? If so, which one(s)?
I did receive GSW scholarships during my 4 years attending GSW. I received a men's basketball scholarship, a men's cross country scholarship, Mix Foundation Honor's Program Scholarship, the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, Charles F. Crisp Scholarship, and the General Academic Scholarship.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
People would be surprised to know that my dominant hand in regular day-to-day tasks like writing and eating is my right hand, but my dominant hand in sports is my left hand. This is known as mixed-handedness.

What makes GSW special?
What makes GSW special is the family atmosphere that you encounter on campus. Another thing that makes GSW special is the legacy of former President of the United States of America Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter.

What is a cause you’re passionate about?
One cause that I am very passionate about is helping the homeless. In being from a place near downtown Atlanta, I see homeless people regularly. When I become older and become successful in my career, I plan on creating a foundation to help the homeless.

What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?
My favorite spot on campus is the Storm Dome. This is my favorite spot on campus, because as a basketball player, that is where I spend most of my time.

Tell us more about something you’re involved with on campus.
During my time at GSW, I was involved in the President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program (PJCLP). The program honors the legacy of GSW alumnus and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. A group of high school seniors that plan on attending GSW are selected every year based on their academic and leadership skills. While you are in the program, you must stay above a 3.0 GPA, be an active member of at least two campus organizations annually, attend a minimum of ten campus events each semester, and fulfill volunteer service hour requirements each semester. I was blessed to be able to be selected for the first ever cohort of the PJCLP.

What have you learned from other GSW students?
One thing that I learned from other GSW students is how to balance academics, athletics, and social life as a college student. During my freshman year, I had number of downfalls that dealt with time management. However, I learned how to become better in that department and as a result I became more successful overall. This lesson was a big part in my success at GSW.

What is your favorite memory or experience you’ve had at GSW?
My favorite experience at GSW was making the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament during my sophomore year. That was a team full of great guys. We will always be remembered by our banner that is hung up in the Storm Dome.

Who is your favorite professor or staff member and why?
Mrs. Lynda Purvis was my favorite staff member at GSW. She was the person that originally ran the President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program (PJCLP). She was my favorite staff member, because she gave so much love and support to the students that were in the PJCLP. She treated all of us like we were her own children.

What have your learned (or are learning) that has made the biggest difference for you?
One thing that I have learned that has made the biggest difference for me is the importance of hard work. My favorite quote is, "You can't have a million-dollar dream and a minimum wage work ethic."

What is your plan after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to continue my academic career by pursuing my master’s degree.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
One piece of advice that I have for incoming students is that being a college student is temporary and the four years come and go fast. It is important that you take advantage of the years and make the most out of your opportunity.

Why did you choose your major?
I chose to major in communication and emerging media, because it connects with what I would like to pursue for my professional career. My favorite class during my time at GSW was Sports Communication. This class was taught by Dr. Ashley Jones. This was my favorite class, because it connects with what I would like to pursue for my professional career. I would like to be a sports reporter/journalist.

What is your favorite place to eat, shop, or hang out in Americus?
My favorite place to eat in Americus is The Roman Oven.

What is your favorite album? Why?
My favorite album is Nothing Was the Same by Drake. This album is a masterpiece. I love that album now the same amount that I loved it when it first came out. My favorite song on the album is Come Thru

Posted June 2, 2023