Hello! My name is Jacob Ferguson a.k.a. Jakub and I am a Chicago native as well as a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University. I chose these two descriptors because at the moment they are what I most identify myself with. Before we get started I would just like to thank you for venturing this far and to let you know how much I appreciate you taking the time out of your life to take a glimpse into mine. The goal of this post is to both briefly introduce myself and to inform you of the direction in which I plan to take Jakub’s Corner.
At this point you’re probably wondering how I got the nickname Jakub and how the idea for Jakub’s Corner came to be. To be completely honest it is a name I coined for myself before I headed off to college as of result of knowing that I would be applying for jobs and internships in the near future. With that in mind, I thought it would be best to change my name on all of my social media accounts in an effort to keep my social life personal, the rest is history. The idea for Jakub’s Corner came as a byproduct of the blog I had written for and administered in college as the college’s Marketing and Social Media Intern. Turns out, the idea of Jakub’s Corner is all that I can think about outside of work since.
Now to dive in and get a better feel for who I am. Up until high school nothing extremely significant happened to me from what I remember. I graduated from Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois in May of 2011 and was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to do a plethora of things in my time there which I will be forever grateful for. It is the experiences and values I was able to have and obtain that come to mind when thinking about this period of my life. As a student, as an athlete, and as a servant to my community I was given opportunities that unfortunately not everyone at that age is given and that I – as a not very religious person – feel blessed to have been given. It is the skills that I learned in the classroom that allowed me to pursue a higher education, the values and mindset that I learned on the wrestling mat and in the weight room that forces me to push myself a little harder each day, and the view of the world I obtained serving my community that have become truly invaluable to me.
In college I was extremely involved, at times one might even say too involved but there are two organizations that stick out when I think about my time at NIU. The Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs (CAUSE) and Delta Sigma Pi. CAUSE focuses on spreading awareness about how social entrepreneurship makes the world a better place and has a two-fold vision of a world in which everyone is exposed to an opportunity set that allows them to pursue their passion, as well as a world in which everyone takes an active role as a positive changemaker (if you’re from NIU and reading this I highly suggest checking out this organization when you get a chance). On the other hand, Delta Sigma Pi is a professional business fraternity organized to foster the study of business and encourages professionalism, scholarship, service and social activity. Both of these organization helped shape me into the person I am today and much of my personal and professional successes can be attributed to my involvement in these two organizations.
Post-graduation I took a job cutting grass at a cemetery and enjoyed my last “summer” before starting what we have all come to call “real life”. It was the perfect way to decompress, catch up on some sleep and mentally prepare myself for what lay ahead. I currently have the honor and privilege to serve as a Corps Member at City Year in Chicago along with over 200 other individuals in an effort to help students and schools succeed. Together we are working to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. What’s after this for me? Who knows! Maybe I’ll join the Peace Corps or get a job that is actually related to my field of study, it is all still up in the air for now. What I do know and am confident to say is that I will continue to do awesome things.
And now to the part that you have all been waiting for. I am passionate about a million different things but the main ones are food, travel, fitness, technology, entrepreneurship, people and smiles. If you haven’t guessed already that is primarily what this blog will focus on but with that being said I am open to suggestions and ultimately want to write about what you want to hear so feel free to reach out if there is something you would like me to cover.
Thank you again for your time and I hope that you are looking forward to embarking on this journey together just as much as I am.
Fasten your seatbelts! It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw