Paine College SGA President, Jill Ballesteros, Says Education is the Passport to Success

Posted by lsuggs | 05/17/2013 12:08 PM

(Augusta, GA) – “Education is the passport to success,” said Jill Andrea Ballesteros.   Ms. Ballesteros, a senior psychology major with an emphasis in counseling, hails from the beautiful city of Los Angeles, California.

 Since her freshman year, Ms. Ballesteros was encouraged to find her passion.  She found that Paine College’s mission to develop students who provide “leadership and service” spoke to the way that she wanted to engage in her collegiate experience. 

She is actively involved in the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council, the National Pre-Alumni Council, Student Government Association (SGA), Sisters on a Mission (SOM), Adopt-A- Freshman, NAACP, Active Minds, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  Ms. Ballesteros said, “Being a member of these great organizations gives me the opportunity to work with my peers, as well as make an effective change on campus as a student leader/mentor.” 

Ms. Ballesteros is fueled by her own passion and inspires others to aspire.  She serves as a mentor to young girls through the Kids with a Future program at St. Luke’s Methodist Church.

In the fall of 2013, she was inducted into the Kappa Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and her peers honored her by electing her to be the voice of the Paine College student body as the 2013-2014 Student Government Association (SGA) President.

Upon graduating from Paine College, she plans to earn a Master’s degree in Counseling so that she can “be the change she wants to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi).

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Photo caption: Jill Ballesteros, rising senior at Paine College.