Jones College freshman inspired by Andy Andrews & big changes

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2018-09-07 20:46:18

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s freshman class is playing a special role in the college’s history. At Freshman Convocation, they were inspired by the internationally known speaker and author, Andy Andrews and they learned their part in the rebranding of the college. Faculty, staff and administrators “revealed” the new image and logo and the future of Jones College to a group they have been researching for a decade.

“I love it! It is something new and exciting and it’s great to be part of something new,” said Ellisville freshman, Dylan Meeks. “It’s a major move but it also shines a light upon Jones that we need to inspire greatness. It has inspired me.”

Waynesboro freshman, Layne Boykin said the new image and name sets Jones College apart from other junior and community colleges.

“I’m really proud to be a part of the name change and the first class to graduate with the name change. Over the years, Jones has really grown. It’s prospered and evolved and I think it was time for something new. We have a new image so people will see us differently and I think it was something Jones really needed; it deserved a new name.”

President of Jones College, Dr. Jesse Smith explained changing our name, changes how we see ourselves. However, officially and legally, the original name of the college will remain.

“We are not changing our vision; we are changing our name to better fit our image,” said Smith. “Just as the University of Mississippi is universally known as ‘Ole Miss’ and the Mississippi University for Women, ‘The W,’ Jones County Junior College will now be known more precisely as ‘Jones College.’ The term ‘junior college’ is no longer indicative of who we are or what we offer. Our education is just as rigorous, and our students are just as successful as those of 4-year universities. There is nothing ‘junior’ about us anymore.”

As part of the Freshman Convocation and rebranding event, internationally known speaker and author, Andy Andrews helped prepare a pathway of success for Jones College’s more than 1800 freshman to follow if they should choose to do so. After falling on hard times at 19-years of age, Andrews began to understand the importance of every decision. He shared with the freshmen class and college representatives, our choices and how we think about our circumstances can determine how successful our journey in life can be.

“If we choose how we think, who we listen to, who we hang out with and what we do not watch or who we do not hang around, and do not listen to, we choose our pathway. We are in control and we can have hope for the future. Our choices determine our destiny but it is how you think about what happens to you that can lead you to happiness,” said Andrews.

All Jones College freshman received Andrew’s book, The Traveler as part of a required course on personal development. Boykin said she agrees with Andrews about the importance of choosing our pathway. She also points out that some have an easier route because of circumstantial advantages.  

“I agree with Mr. Andrews that some people will have to work harder than others to succeed. We can’t always choose what happens to us but we can choose how we react to things,” said Boykin. “Some people are surprised at some things that have happened to me but I have chosen to push through and be an overcomer.”

Jones College officials are hopeful the community will also embrace the new future of the two-year institution. As Andrews shared with the freshman class, everyone can make a difference if we change how we perceive the new opportunities with the challenges of our future.


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