Student of the Week: John Ellison
Inspired by his family who instilled in him a sense of justice and helping others, John Ellison says his experience at South Texas College enabled him to come full circle, preparing him for a university and eventually a career in the FBI.
John says he has already been accepted to Sam Houston State University, where he plans to receive a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice before entering the military. John says his goal is to enter the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a cryptologic linguist, and eventually start a career as an attorney.
“Because of my parents, I have always been instilled with a sense of justice and really just helping out the little guy,” he said. “I felt that law enforcement would be somewhere I could do that, and it would allow me to get hands on experience of what I could be practicing in law.”
While attending South Texas College, John says he became involved in Student Government Association and Student Leadership Academy. He became president of the STC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa for the spring 2018 semester.
“I was really nervous about attending college because I was homeschooled. I never really socialized with anyone outside of my family. My graduation class consisted of two people, me and my brother,” John said. “Coming to South Texas College, I made a lot of friends really quickly and I found out the people were in general, nice people.”
“Two, it’s not about being smart. It’s about working hard and staying on top of things and making right and simple everyday decisions.”
Top three accomplishments:
“Becoming president of our chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has been a great accomplishment.”
“Gaining admission to Sam Houston State University is something I am really proud of.”
“A third accomplishment would be scoring in the top two percent in the ASVAB test for the military. That test has such a high fail rate, and it’s pretty extensive.”
“For students, I would like to offer two means of encouragement. First, listen to your parents. I was lucky to grow up with two highly educated parents who always instilled in me a desire to be educated,” he said. “Two, it’s not about being smart. It’s about working hard and staying on top of things and making right and simple everyday decisions.”