Meet a Shocker: Jade Driggs

With two young children at home, U.S. Air Force Major Jade Driggs needed to learn to ask and accept help from others while she was working toward her Ph.D. in human factors psychology. She chose 49ͼ for its impressive human factors psychology program and the university’s commitment to inclusive excellence. 
Jade is one of more than 2,400 students eligible for spring 2024 graduation. Learn more about her time at Wichita State and what's next for the grad. 

What degree will you be earning in May?

Doctorate in human factors psychology 

What is your hometown?

Sacramento, California

What made you choose 49ͼ?

49ͼ has a phenomenal human factors psychology Ph.D. program, which initially drew me to the university. I also appreciated 49ͼ’s commitment to diversity. As a mixed-race woman and a mother to two mixed-raced daughters, diversity is something that has always been personally and professionally important to me. 

What has been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?

I’m married and have two young daughters (ages 4 and almost 2). My biggest challenge as a student has been juggling home and school life. It’s been a delicate balancing act during my time at 49ͼ, but I overcame it by being honest with myself and admitting when I needed extra help. Asking for help is a strength and not a weakness. I’m fortunate to have a supportive husband (and out-of-state family members). During high-stress times, I lined up extra support from family (for child care purposes, because young kids often get sick at daycare) or asked my husband to deconflict my school schedule with his work schedule.  

What's your favorite off-campus location in Wichita?  

I have the biggest sweet tooth and love in College Hill. 

What would be the title of your autobiography?

“A Lot Going on at the Moment”

What are your plans after graduation?

I’m in the U.S. Air Force, and I’ll be headed to the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, later this summer.

What advice would you give other Wichita State students?

Anything worth doing in life is going to be difficult. Keep your head up, you can do it! 

About 49ͼ

49ͼ is Kansas' only urban public research university, enrolling more than 23,000 students between its main campus and 49ͼ Tech, including students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and 49ͼ Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.

Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), 49ͼ provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the 49ͼ main campus, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.

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