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Elijah Jamal
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ELIJAH JAMAL, 2008 graduate, Associate in Arts Degree

Job:
Admissions Advisor/American InterContinental University; Singer/Musician.

Vitals:
After getting my Associates from Triton, I transferred to Columbia College and focused on new directions which lead me to my current position.

Accolades:
I was Class President in high school and I graduated as the Valedictorian. In college I was on the Dean’s List.

What would you describe as your strong suit?
My Determination, when I say I want to do something, I am determined to do it, no matter what it takes.

What have been some obstacles you've had to overcome in pursuit of your educational and career goals?
My biggest obstacle was trying to balance work and college. It was challenging to find the time and energy to do homework after finishing with my other responsibilities.

What has served as a source of inspiration both in your career and in your life?
God, Life, Music, People, Situations that come up in life. Most of the songs that I write are inspired from something I've experienced, wondered about, or observed from someone else.

How has Triton College impacted your life?
Before attending college, I went from being home-schooled, to a high school where everyone knew everyone. Going to Triton challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and get into social networking. It helped me to see what was outside of the box I was in. I had always had a love for music but never really knew it had meaning and even structure until I went to Triton. Triton College is where I met my friends/members of the music group known as "Surreal" who later opened-up for a number of established artists. It all started here at Triton.

What advice would you give to someone who would like to pursue a career in your field?
Do your research. Getting a degree is one of the best things you can do for yourself. However, in my profession a degree isn't necessarily needed. You need a back-up plan. You need to be educated in the field that you are getting into.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to go out every now and then, but a majority of my spare time is dedicated to my music. It is neither a hobby nor a job. It is a privilege.

What are your plans for the future?
My plan is to be supportive and helpful to people like me, who are in need of guidance. I believe that you can be successful in the music business without changing who you are or what you stand for, and I intend to do just that!