Mount St. Joseph University

The Athlete: Love at First Spike

Health Sciences, Biology, Current Students

By: Michael Schiavetta

File Under: athletics, biology, volleyball

Indianapolis native and biology major Jadah Jackson ’18 fell in love with the Mount’s campus on her first visit.

“I wanted to go to a school in Cincinnati and it was a blessing that I found one where I was able to play the sport I love,” she says. An outgoing student in high school, Jadah was ready to jump at any opportunity, on and off the court, to broaden her studies or improve her play. “I was a student that was committed to my education, but an athlete that was dedicated to my sport,” she says.

At the Mount, she found the perfect mix of academics and athletics in a small university located in the heart of a big city. Her experience as a middle front for the Lion’s volleyball team (and All-Sportsmanship Team honoree in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) complements the lessons she learns in the classroom. “I’ve learned a lot about leadership and teamwork,” says the biology major. “This has made a positive impact on how I communicate with others, especially as I work toward graduate school and becoming an occupational therapist.”

Participating in athletics is one of the most rewarding experiences students can have at the Mount. In addition to gaining valuable leadership and teambuilding skills that can be applied to any career, student-athletes forge lifelong friendships with teammates and coaches.

But juggling athletics and college courses can be tough. Thankfully, one of the most vital skills Jadah has learned through the Mount is how to balance her study habits with personal commitments. “I’ve been an honor roll student and a student-athlete for years before college,” she says. “But playing NCAA volleyball means competing on a much tougher level compared to high school. It requires commitment, and it’s important that I know how to manage my free time so I can study and do homework. But I’m always up for a challenge.”

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