ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from JCJC
The college admissions process may be intimidating to some high schools students. In an effort to inform and expose students to Jones County Junior College and "All Things Jones," about 400 high school juniors were invited to the Ellisville campus for "Junior Preview Day."
VP of Marketing and Recruiting at JCJC, Finee' Ruffin said high school juniors from 18 school districts had the opportunity to discover what Jones County Junior College has to offer them. They listened to faculty, students and some alumni to gain insight into how JCJC can help them help reach their educational goals.
"This group of students is deciding on their futures, hearing from college recruiters and exploring options. We want prospective students to know Jones can provide a quality education locally with access to teachers in a small classroom setting, with numerous scholarship opportunities, and be just as successful as those attending a University," said Ruffin.
Keynote speaker and JCJC 2012 alumnus, Will Graves shared his "FROG" message, or Fully Rely On God, with the group. The West Jones, JCJC and Mississippi State graduate explained how fear keeps us from where we need to be, limiting us from achieving great things. He shared, a car accident in 2010 left him with many physical limitations and he was fearful about many things, including his future.
"I have limitations but I refuse to let fear limit me," said the former West Jones High School football player. "God has a plan for me and you and He will walk with you. God surrounds himself around his people"
Graves continued to share with students the importance of a solid foundation. People who care for you, about you, and for you will help you.
"I wasn't sure how I was going to get around campus but everyone embraced me and my needs at JCJC. This prepared me for the hard times that will come in your life. Build your core foundation with people who will help you overcome the hard times. God will help you too, if you fully rely on God," said Graves.
High school junior from South Jones, Lindsey Jenkins said, "I really appreciated Will's talk about overcoming fear because I'm feeling the pressure of measuring up for college and sports."