Jenna Schellhas was set to enter the military a little more than 10 years ago when she made a life-altering decision at the last minute. She decided to instead enroll in college. She had been intending to use the military as a way to pay for her education. She wanted to go into criminal justice or become a science teacher. She had a particular interest in forensics.
Then, she decided the military didn’t suit her disposition. She decided to begin studying criminal justice at Rowan College at Burlington County, where she also accepted a student worker position working for the Office of Student Life, according to the college.
In her new job, her main duty was to help students reset their email passwords. However, she often received misdirected phone calls and learned how to answer the questions on those calls herself, the college said.
Schellhas was also involved with the Student Government Association. She held positions on the executive board of Student Government and the Fiber Arts club, according to the college.
She graduated from Rowan College at Burlington County in 2009 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Stockton University in 2011. In 2012, Schellhas reconsidered her decision to pursue a career in criminal justice and noticed an open registration position at Rowan College at Burlington County.
“The community and the family feel were still there,” Schellhas said of her return to the college. “It felt like I never left. I felt warmth, and it was very familiar.”
As a student service specialist, Schellhas is in the familiar position of using her experience as a former student to assist current ones – starting with not waiting until the last moment to register for classes as she did. She also likes to check with students to see what their goals are.
“I try to help them figure it out, before they get too far in their education since mine drastically changed after I graduated,” Schellhas said.