Alumni Feature- Kierra Jones (’11) | HOW JMU HELPED ME DREAM

Dukes Take Five

For many, this time of year is dedicated to spending time with our loved ones, to showing gratitude for what we have and all we have accomplished, and to displaying an abundance of love for something greater than ourselves.

And for me, this couldn’t be more true. For the first time in my life, I feel complete. What a journey it has been and I have much to be grateful for.

When I was younger, I couldn’t have imagined the dynamic, ambitious, accomplished, and truly happy woman I see when I look in the mirror today. Of course I knew I was smart so I’d be able to get good grades and get a job. Being a first generation college student, all I heard growing up was you’re so smart, keep getting good grades, make sure you go to college, and make something of yourself. Growing up, I felt like…

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