Jackson is passionate about his fellow human beings. At his high school, Jackson initiated an intensive diversity awareness program to break down barriers and build up relationships between his peers. He also loves politics, music, theatre, and the great outdoors. During the summer months, he works for a rafting company and frequently gets lost on trail runs by the river. Jackson's goals for the year are to learn French and Wolof, to find a new family, and to see the world from a different perspective. His favorite quote:"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should." --Max Ehrmann, "Desiderata"