By: Jordan M., GEC, Grand Lecturer and Representative to MS/AR/LA, Rose
Hi California Rainbow! This is Jordan M., your 2022 Grand Lecturer and Representative to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. I feel so incredibly honored and lucky to have been entrusted with this office, and I hope to make you all proud!
A little bit about me. I’m a born and raised Northern Californian; I live part-time with my beautiful mom in Elk Grove and part-time with my amazing dad and stepmom in Tracy. I have three dogs and a cat, Honey, who is totally my favorite – don’t tell the dogs! In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to alt-rock, playing Legend of Zelda, and watching commentary YouTubers. I’m from Rose Assembly, and I want to wholeheartedly thank the inimitable Rose girls and adults who have supported me all these years and made me into the girl I am today. Without you, I would probably still be a shy and antisocial bookworm trying to live vicariously through fantasy novels instead of experiencing real life to the fullest. (Well, sometimes that last one still applies, but much less nowadays.) You mean the world to me and I love you from the bottom of my heart!
I currently live in Berkeley, where I’m a sophomore majoring in Classics (Greco-Roman history) and Political Science and minoring in Anthropology (Go Bears!). I work at the scheduling office on campus while volunteering at the University food bank, writing for the Berkeley Political Review, and serving on a panelist for student conduct cases. I am certain that without the confidence and work ethic Rainbow has given me, I would never have had the guts or ability to reach for my academic and professional goals the way that I have in the last two years. I’m also a huge Francophile; I’m working on my French fluency and am studying at the Paris Institute of Political Studies in the fall of 2021. I am, however, probably an even bigger philhellene. I love studying everything ancient and Greek and am currently learning Attic Greek so that I can read the ancient texts in their original glory. I plan on attending the archaeological field school in Nemea, Greece in the summer of 2022, an absolute dream come true for this Percy Jackson nerd-turned Greek academic. After this trip, I’ll try to decide whether I want to pursue a career in classical archaeology or international relations. I like to think that by studying the ancient world I’m learning what molded our global culture and set its foundations, and by studying political science I’m learning how our global culture functions today. I’m slowly putting it all together into a worldview, and I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned with you this year!
I could not be more excited to have been given the office of Lecturer specifically, because I am a person who lives for words. I live in eternal gratefulness for them, for without them I would know nothing of the past or present, nor would anyone know anything of me. I try to do them justice with eloquence in speaking and especially in writing – with my (very amateur) poetry, articles, and essays (so many essays) – and plan to bring this dedication to every word of every speech that I give to you. In doing so I hope that I can help, in my own way, to make this a truly milestone-making year!