Student Profile - Jordyn Glenn

Hard work adds up to success

Jordyn GlennLamar University senior Jordyn Glenn is on the road to success.

The Accounting major with a minor in Management Information Systems knows what it takes to be a successful student. She also knows how to count her blessings.

 “NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) uses the motto, ‘Lifting as We Climb.’ I hope to do the same thing in my career field as well as my personal relationships outside of work. I love to help others and provide assistance to those in need.”

She is an active member and has held executive board positions in the NABA, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Glenn has been inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society, Beta Alpha Psi, accounting honor society, and Order of Omega, Greek honor society.

Glenn hails from Arlington in the Fort Worth and Dallas metro area.

“Life in Arlington, Texas was great,” She said. “Growing up, my parents engrained in my mind that I have to put 100 percent in everything that I do and that nothing comes easy. I truly admire them because they are the prime example of just that.”

Glenn highlights one her life mottos, saying, “I hope to inspire and help others as I blossom into the successful woman I would like to be. I want to leave a positive, lasting impression on everyone that I meet. Which brings me to one of my favorite scriptures - Matthew 5:16 – ‘Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.’”

Although she grew up in another area of the state, Glenn is no stranger to Lamar University.

“Attending Lamar University is a tradition in my family,” she said. “My mother and father (Tina and Robert Glenn) met in the Quad, my older brother (Cleve Wilson Glenn) attended Lamar. My aunts, uncles, and cousins attended Lamar as well. I wanted to keep the tradition alive.”

It’s a place she’s come to love as well. “I love the diversity here,” she said. “Lamar is definitely a melting pot of cultures.  I’ve been introduced to so many different customs and values. The people that I’ve met and the friends that I’ve made have made my experience at Lamar memorable.”

Glenn is the recipient of the Greater Texas Foundation Scholarship, an academic recognition, and the John E. Gray Scholarship, an academic recognition scholarship offered through the College of Business. Glenn has just recently received the Carter Innovation Scholarship, which will grant her to opportunity to study aboard in Costa Rica and Panama this upcoming Spring Break 2017.

Glenn has been on both President’s and Deans’ Lists for her academic success and has worked as a student assistant for the Provost office since May 2013.

This past spring, Glenn interned with KPMG, a Big Four accounting firm in Houston. After her internship, Glenn received a job offer beginning in fall after she’s earned her degree. She graduates in May 2017.

“Some of my long term goals include passing the CPA exam by December 2017, going to graduate school to obtain an MBA, and beginning my path to becoming a Partner at KPMG,” Glenn said.

Glenn listens to her father’s advice. “My dad always tells me ‘Hard work and determination equals’ success, success equals money, and money means you can buy your dad a 7-series BMW.’ Of course he’s kidding. However, in the grand scheme of things, I realize that the only way to become successful is by working hard. I know that my efforts will pay off — like they have in the past — and maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to get my dad that BMW.”

“My favorite faculty member is Dr. Steve Doblin. Before his retirement, he encouraged me to go above and beyond in all of my endeavors. When I was upset about not doing well in one of my accounting courses, he said to me, ‘Jordyn, a doctor who made one bad grade in med school is still a doctor. Don’t beat yourself up.’"

"Making that bad grade was a hard pill to swallow," Glenn said, "but I learned from my mistakes and used that experience to grow into a better person.”