But my mom pushed me to come out of my shell and told me to not be afraid. She told me that being a first-generation college student doesn’t make me less than anyone else. I lost my mom during my junior year at Jackson State and that was hard. It was very challenging. I wanted to give up, but it’s like she came to me in a dream and said, ‘No. You’re going to finish this.’ So instead of balling up, crying, and dropping out, I used it as motivation to get me here.
That’s why I have nothing but positive things to say about Jackson State. They were the only college that gave me a chance to come in and prove myself, despite my low high school GPA. And that’s what led me back to pursue my master’s here. So the thing I want to leave with everyone who reads this is simple: It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.”
– Alexis, graduate business administration major from Jackson, Miss.