Moving Forward and Giving Back

Alumna pursues an online master’s degree to advance her career, be a role model for her son and help others enter the workforce.

Jackieleen Verdejo helps her son, Colin
Jackieleen Verdejo helps her son, Colin, with his schoolwork while working on her own studies for an online master’s degree.

In 2008, Jackieleen Verdejo walked the stage at Commencement to receive her bachelor’s degree in communication and rhetorical studies from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. She also completed minors in writing and sociology. The humanities devotee soon found her professional niche in an unlikely industry: financial operations. “I graduated during the recession, so finding a job was difficult,” she recalls. “I reluctantly applied to Chase Bank, and after a rigorous interview process I was actually hired!” She became a personal banker at Chase Bank and found that she really enjoyed investigating financial crimes.

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