Without Dr. Rudy Jackson I would have not earned my Bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, and by extension would likely be unable to claim such a rewarding career as the one I have now. More than just a dedicated professor, Dr. Jackson was an unexpected – and much needed – element in my overall support system. I firmly believe in his commitment to ensuring that his students leave him with the best possible chance for reaching their full potential. It was clear to me that teaching is more than just a job to him – extending far beyond being just an exercise in academia. With me, and a lot of my closest peers, that was all the difference.