Lead by Example

Jason Holiman
Associate in Arts

Jason, how would you describe yourself during your very first semester at AWC?

Lost. I didn’t really know where anything was or what I was doing. I didn’t really have a path that I wanted to take.

And now?

I feel right at home. I know where everything is and all the people here. It’s pretty much my second home and I’ve really fallen in love with it. I really feel now I’ve come into my own and grown into the person I want to be.

Jason Holiman as Mr. Matador

You’re now President of the Matador Ambassadors. What sort of skills have you learned through that program?

Mostly how to communicate. When I was younger, I was deathly shy and afraid to talk to anyone. The Ambassador Program really taught me how to talk to people and taught me it’s OK to be myself. Now I feel confident with myself and my ability to communicate.

Is there anyone who motivated you to pursue a higher education?

My previous director, Mandy Heil, she was such a great mentor and example. When I first came to AWC, I wanted to be just like her. I really mean that.

Your shirt says, “Lead by Example”. Is there anyone in your life that you are trying to be a role model for?

My little brother is 14 and I see him following in my exact footsteps. He’s planning on going to college, he wants to be a photographer, and he has all these big dreams that, when he was little, he never thought were possible.

What’s next after graduation for you?

Hopefully ASU. I’m still not really sure. I am currently a teacher at Yuma Christian Academy and I really love being a mentor for the young men there, especially. They really look up to me and ask where I am when I’m absent. I just really love that. When I first came to college, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do, and I’m still not really sure, but, I’m very excited to see where AWC is going to lead me in the future.