04th Sep2011

Chelsea S. Jackson – Virginia State University

by Staff

“My mother also gave a recount of her time at VSU and how wonderful it was. A few days later, I received a large envelope in the mail. I had been accepted to the nation’s first public HBCU and couldn’t have been more proud to attend.”

Major: Management Information Systems
Minor: Information Security and Forensics

Business: Sunshyne’s Graphics (On Facebook)
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How did you decide to become a student at Virginia State University?

It was around application filling time for me in 2010, I had sent off my last app and transcript to one VSU. Though at the time, VSU wasn’t my first choice. As the weeks went by, I received letters from various schools, both good and bad. And as spring approached I had received all but one, a letter from VSU.

Virginia State Alumni Cheerleaders coming together at a homecoming function! Keeping the Legacy Alive just like Nubian Queen Chelsea Jackson (Image Courtesy of Kevin Coles)

Over spring break I went to visit my grandmother, she told me about the importance of an education and where you go is what you make of it. My mother also gave a recount of her time at VSU and how wonderful it was. A few days later, I received a large envelope in the mail. I had been accepted to the nation’s first public HBCU and couldn’t have been more proud to attend.

What professors at Virginia State University are leaving or have left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

My composition I professor, Lillie Bailey, taught me the importance in putting a little bit of yourself into your writing, that way it can never be plagiarized. She also gave me some tips on daily living as a black woman in today’s society. Her advice and her kindness that semester sticks with me. I make sure to swing by her office occasionally just to say hello and thank you for all she’s given of herself to my fellow Trojans.

chelsea-s-jackson-virginia-state-university-myhbcuinterview-writing“Always put yourself on the paper when writing” Image Courtesy of MadameNoire


What is the story of your “experience” to date at Virginia State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My experience has been one of self-discovery, I have realized my true potential in and outside of the classroom. I’ve become a part of a family that constantly challenges me to be my best and to “dream, explore and succeed” in all that I do.

Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

Well as a freshman, we aren’t allowed co-ed visitation in our rooms. Therefore, the best spots are the main lobby couches in residence halls, just to watch episodes of “The Game” or the benches in the courtyard in front of Virginia Hall for some alone time. The scenery is astounding as you look down on the Appomattox and Old Towne Petersburg.



What are the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

Most of the restaurants near the mall are pretty good. However Mac’s Grill is the best BBQ joint and it’s a 5 min walk from campus. My favorite dishes are the ribs and fried fish ‘Trojan combos’. They hit the spot on a college students’ budget

chelsea-s-jackson-virginia-state-university-myhbcuinterview-mac's-grill-hbcueatsWe hope we can stop by some time and try a “Trojan Combo”!


What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

Most of them are songs, but my faves are ‘V-S-U, I love it, I love it, I love it!’ and “I’m so glad I go to VSU[3x]…Singing glory hallelujah, WHOO!, I’m so glad”

Who is your College crush?

I had a crush on this guy named Elliot *****, We became best friends and now he’s like a brother to me. But now I’m focusing on my education. If someone catches my eye, I’ll be sure to let you know.

How are you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

I’m a member of Black Data Processing Associates

The Betterment of Brothers and Sisters, Inc.

The Virginia State University Gospel Choral

VSU Student Leaders

I also volunteer and help with various other events and organizations like United Campus Ministries, SGA and The Department of Student Activities

Where is the “yard” located?

Pretty much anywhere on campus. The main attractions are usually University Avenue and the backyard and patio of Foster Hall.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I remembered that God is with me wherever I go, and that my home is never too far away that I can’t come back.

What is your major? and Why did you choose it?

My Major is Management Information Systems with a Minor in Information Security and Forensics. I remember watching the movie ‘Catch Me If you Can’ and wonder how he could decipher fraudulent checks so well. From then on I wanted to use my Computer skills to help with Information Security.

chelsea-s-jackson-virginia-state-university-myhbcuinterview-management-information-systems-information-security-and-forensics-major-minorIs it not amazing what can be inspirational to our great minds! Thank you Nubian Queen Chelsea for knowing “thy” self and realizing what it is you want to do in this life. Much Respect


What to date has been your proudest moment @ Virginia State University?

My Proudest Moment was becoming a member of the Betterment of Brothers and Sisters, Inc. It’s a social organization aimed at helping freshman and new students adjust to the university environment as well as give back to the Tri-cities area through community service.

chelsea-s-jackson-virginia-state-university-myhbcuinterview-betterment-of-brothers-and-sisters-inc This group of people helped me feel right at home from the first day on campus until now. I was assigned a mentor from that organization that kept me up to date on all the happenings on campus and also helped me find rides to places like Wal-Mart and target to get essentials for my dorm.

What to date has been your saddest moment @ Virginia State University?

I was saddened when a friend of mine had to leave campus for a while to go back home out of state. Her mother was very ill and she took some time off to care for her.



Haven’t seen her a lot since, but her family is in my thoughts and prayers.


What are you pledging? And why? And if not, why not?

Well freshmen aren’t allowed to pledge Greek Organizations. I have my eye on one in particular. Which one? Let’s just say, I’ve done my research and I would be honored to follow in my mother’s footsteps. =D

What and where are the historical places on campus?

The entire campus has history, VSU is the Nation’s First Public HBCU. However, Virginia Hall was the first and only building on campus when VSU was founded in 1882 however it was burned down and rebuilt. Also the oldest building on campus is our, Alumni house, Storum Hall.

chelsea-s-jackson-virginia-state-university-myhbcuinterview-virginia-hall-architecture-historyWhat you are looking at is Virginia Hall in all of its glory! Image Courtesy of VAHistorical.Org


Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

It is said that a part of our campus enclosed the Underground Railroad and that slaves were hung from trees in front of a few buildings. They’re also myths about the painted Trojan heads on campus and the school’s fountain.

How many “firsts” have you had at college ? What are they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

Well let’s see.

First time eating ramen noodles

First game of ‘manhunt’

First singing gig by myself

First dropped class

First TRUE best friend

First 20+ page paper

First all-nighter

First time seeing a rat.

First Greek hosted party

First Clubbing experience away from home

First UCM service

First Time doing a major Web design Project.

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