Student Life Spotlight: Jeri Jones on perseverance
Hi everybody, it’s me Jeri Jones. Before you ask, no I am not the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. That sure would be nice, but then again that would mean I wouldn’t be working here at Texas Wesleyan. It has been quite a journey getting here. You should ask me sometime.
My grandpa always said, “Everything happens for a reason.” We may not know the reason now and may never, but it happens. Think back on a time when something happened in your life that had a huge impact. How did you handle that? Who did you turn to for guidance?
My journey in Student Life has been a one filled with much adventure, travel and most certainly joy, but on this path I was also met with a few closed doors. For example, I love my role as the Coordinator for Residence Life, and I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. It might surprise you to learn, however, that I had interviewed a few different times before landing this job.
I would have been easy for me to give up, throw a fit, or throw in the towel. But I always remembered this simple advice: keep your head up, breathe, and take a moment to step back and look at the BIGGER picture. We don’t know what doors will be opened or even closed for us. Just remember how we respond to disappointment says lots about our character and our strength.
About Student Life Spotlight
Over the new few weeks, a different staff member in Student Life will share a piece of themselves with you. They’ll reflect on what’s important to them, and what they believe will help you to make the most of your time at Texas Wesleyan.
No, they won’t be simply pitching their programs and services at you under the guise of a cleverly crafted article, but rather, digging deep to identify what has been most transformative about their experiences in life thus far, and passing that wisdom as best they can on to you.