Member Spotlight: Jacquelynne M. Modeste

Member Spotlight: Jacquelynne M. Modeste

Name: Jacquelynne M. Modeste

Title: International Program Director & College Advisor

Institution: The High School Attached to Jiangxi Normal University

What drew you to the world of international admissions?

Decades in higher-ed administration and university teaching made me wonder how high school students were being prepared for college classrooms and how they were making choices about which colleges to attend. I’ve always traveled a lot and decided to combine my love for travel with my desire to know more about how students transition to college.

What is your favorite part of the job?

Talking with students about the variety of college choices they have -- the variety of fields they might pursue, clubs and activities they might join -- is my favorite part of the job because I get to know more about the students and can be more effective making suggestions that align with what we discover through our conversations.

How has International ACAC played a role in your career?

International ACAC has played a role in my career by giving me colleagues around the world who help me learn and grow into the field of college admissions. Everyone is so knowledgeable and I learn so much by participating in our conferences, forums, and various meetings. International IACAC is a professional network and professional development all in one.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?

Overcoming systemic bias, whether implicit or explicit and the structural inequalities that shape admissions in terms of college awareness and access to professional guidance and rigorous advocacy on behalf of students are the biggest challenges I see.

When you aren't working, what do you like to do?

I am an avid swimmer and have just gotten back into running and when the world reopens, I’d like to take sailing lessons.

Describe yourself in five words.

Inquisitive -- determined -- empathetic -- forgiving -- courageous.

If you could be a fictional character, who would it be and why?

I would be Coco in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day (1988) because Coco loves George in a way that honors her heritage transcends time and space, and he loves her right back -- powerfully.

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