Meet Jessica Jacobs
Perseverance pays! Just ask Jessica Jacobs, a second-year Master’s student in Organizational Communication.
“You can’t predict what will happen, but you can always prepare,” she said. “Always put forth your best effort.”
And that’s what Jacobs does day in and day out – from heading up her Read to Me program that has put 275,000 books in the hands of children across the state to winning the title of Miss North Carolina 2007.
Jacobs, a native North Carolinian from High Point, said she began entering pageant competitions during her sophomore year at UNC-Chapel Hill. She placed in nine pageants before actually winning one. As Miss Thomasville, she placed once in the Miss North Carolina competition before sweeping the statewide pageant last year.
And after winning the title, she still had quite a bit of work ahead of her. Jacobs traveled from the Outer Banks to the Appalachians and back again, logging 60,000 miles in her car. Along the way, she made appearances, volunteered, and visited countless festivals -- in a state that claims the most festivals of any single state.
Communities in Schools of North Carolina helped Jacobs provide books and reading sessions with Miss North Carolina herself to schools across the state. According to Jacobs, seeing the children’s reactions when they received their own books was very rewarding. She remembered one little boy asking her, “Do I get to keep this book?”
But the hard work has just begun for Jacobs. She said she will continue as a spokesperson for Communities in Schools, as well as, teaching public speaking and appearing at events in coming months, such as a youth voting rally.
She plans to graduate in May 2009 with her Master’s degree in Organizational Communication and will marry two weeks later. Jacobs said her next big accomplishment will be to raise a great family.
“[Work and motherhood] are not mutually exclusive,” Jacobs said. “You can do many things and do them well.”
And according to Jacobs everything she’s accomplished -- and will accomplish -- was done “in small chunks.”
“Take it a day at a time,” Jacobs said.