Student from Ireland has big life goals
LCC student Jennifer Venn is originally from a town called Drogheda in Ireland. Photo my Mallory Stiles
By Mallory Stiles
YouTube content creators, according to a ZipRecruiter salary estimate, can make anywhere between $31,000 and $67,000 per year. However a number of YouTubers have been able to make six figure salaries off of their content.
LCC student Jennifer Venn, 18, is beginning her journey to the top by becoming a content creator herself. She is hoping to have her channel, titled “Everything Jen,” up and running by Jan. 1, 2023.
Venn is a dental hygiene major currently taking 11 credits, in addition to her part-time job at Ulta Beauty. She is currently taking three classes: Communications, Intro to Psychology and English 101.
“I am very passionate about trying to establish myself as an individual,” Venn said. “I feel strongly about just creating a stepping stool for myself, whatever avenue that takes me down.”
Lansing may be Venn’s home for now, but her hometown is on the east coast of Ireland. It’s called Drogheda and has a population of approximately 41,000 people. It is considered one of the larger towns in Ireland.
“It’s about an hour outside of Dublin.” She said. “It’s rainy. I like cities better. I came to Lansing at 10 years old. Ireland is very green, Lansing is a lot of concrete. Lansing is rough times, but it’s a good place to learn about yourself.”
Venn’s passport stamps don’t stop there, the U.S. and Ireland are just the tip of iceberg.
“I’ve been to a lot of countries. A lot. Dubai, Switzerland, Paris, Britain, Geneva, Nigeria …” she said.
Throughout all of her travels, she said her favorite food comes from Bento Kitchen Cravings in East Lansing. Go figure.
Her only pet was a goldfish she named Pablo, may he rest in peace. Her favorite song at the moment is “Organise” by Asake.
“It’s a Nigerian song,” Venn said. “I have really been feeling like supporting my culture. I have two Nigerian parents.”
Aaron Martin-Green, one of LCC’s academic advisers, offered a few words on Venn.
“She has an illuminating personality,” Martin-Green said. “I met her here in the Cesar Chavez Learning Center. She’s honest and knows who she is. She’s confident in her approach to life. She’s the star of the show.”
Venn is loved by so many at LCC, and she loves LCC right back.
“My favorite thing about LCC is how it’s a self-paced environment,” she said. “I think a lot of big schools are faster-paced. LCC caters to each student, making sure individual needs are met.”
After LCC, Venn said she hopes to transfer to a university in Alabama because she has family in Texas and Georgia, but also wants to enjoy her college life under the southern sun.
For fun, Venn focuses on self-care.
“I think fun as an 18-year-old is just … having time to breathe and figure things out,” Venn said. “You know, you’re going to school and working and everything is changing so fast. Keeping in touch with myself is one thing I prioritize.”