Ostassia has found her central purpose: to be a mentor.
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Ostassia Jackson

A graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools, Ostassia struggled at first to find her footing in higher education. After dropping out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and returning to school at Milwaukee Area Technical College, she refocused on earning a bachelor’s degree.

Feeling welcome at Mount Mary – and earning some much-needed support through the Promise Program for low-income, first-generation college students – she found her new academic home. After completing her bachelor’s degree – something many doubted she could achieve – she’s ready to begin studies toward an MBA.

And along the way, Ostassia has found her central purpose. It isn’t the high-paying job she’d always pictured. It’s to use her skills and experience to mentor other young girls, just as she’s been mentored by women throughout her Mount Mary experience (including our Leadership Summer Institute program). She is already a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee program, and together with her twin sister (who is also working on her Master’s Degree), she’s eager to find more ways to be a resource for other African American women.