Undergraduate Student Spotlight
Jordan Frost, student body president, waves goodbye as his journey continues
History was made in the office of the WSU student body president this past academic year—literally.
History major Jordan Frost completed his term as ASWSU president in May 2018, finalizing a journey that began in the fall of 2013. President Frost’s academic story is one that could rival the best Horatio Alger yarns.
Jordan admits his academic journey got off to a “shaky” start, but five years later, he now finds himself in possession of a WSU diploma with a degree in history. And just because Jordan completed his undergraduate degree, it doesn’t mean his academic career is over. Beginning this month, he will continue his education toward a master’s degree in teaching social studies. His goal: to return home and teach history and/or social studies at his high school alma mater, Kent-Meridian in Kent, Washington.
“I know his will sound corny,” he said, “but I want to give back to the community, and being a teacher is one of the best ways to achieve this. I have met and worked with so many wonderful people as president; I know how important developing people skills and academics really are.”
The skills Jordan learned and developed as a WSU history major served him well while he was president.
“Critical thinking,” Jordan said, was among the top learned “history skills” he employed as president. “Being able to know which information is valuable is really key. Just like in history, being able to evaluate a source is really important.
“Critical thinking taught me that, when looking at an issue, no one’s evil or good. People just have different positions. For me, looking at evidence, looking at primary sources—all kinds of documents and data—helps me to determine what is the best approach on a topic.”
Jordan’s history-major approach to being president also added to a bit of clutter in his desk. “We had all sorts of reports on shelves, going back years and years,” he said. “Many of my predecessors looked at it as ‘old stuff’ and they didn’t take much value from it. But I knew how to evaluate it. I took the reports down and put them in the drawer of my desk where I could consult them. It was just like doing a history report, like in History 300 or History 469.
“Preparation on a topic leads to greater depth and understanding. Believe me, when I go into a meeting, nobody can up me on the facts. Sometimes an administrator might say, ‘No, we can’t do that, we’ve never done that,’ and I’ll respond, ‘Uh, no, we can do that’ because I have the data to show what’s been tried before. If understanding history has taught me nothing else, it has taught me to be more deliberate.”