Kimberley Jones
Memphis, TN
Middle School Education – English and Social Studies
Junior, Class of December 2015

Did you start your college experience at Murray State or did you transfer from another school?
I came to Murray State as a freshman. I was introduced to the university by Mrs. Roslyn White (Recruitment officer), and I met her at my high school college fair in 2011. It’s a funny story: I was outside of the school waiting for my dad to come and pick me up, and suddenly, I see Mrs. White shuffling through her bags to find her keys. Long story short, I found her keys and we had a long conversation; eventually, she convinced me to come to Murray!

Why did you choose Murray State?
I chose Murray because I saw it as a small school, but one with great power to help me grow in my education and also in the person I am becoming. I found it so interesting that the classroom experience was personalized and each student wasn’t just a number. With small class sizes, we could get the help that we needed and I loved that.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?
One that’s most important to me at the present time is the Middle Level Association; I am the presiding President. It’s such a great honor to work with future educators and hone those skills we need to be successful and effective.

What is the most interesting thing you have learned about yourself while being a student at Murray State?
The most interesting thing I’ve learned about myself is that I am becoming more comfortable with who I am and how I feel in my own skin. I’ve definitely grown since freshman year, and now I’m becoming less fearful of what others think.

What has been your biggest challenge in making the change from high school to university life and how have you dealt with it?
My biggest challenge was the distance from home and not seeing my family at all. I believe that nothing is more important than family and the bond within it, so I had to find a way to maintain that. When I’m able, I try to make visits on the weekends, and I talk to them by phone as well.

What do you like about education? Have you learned anything unique about education at Murray State?
What I love about the Education Department at Murray is the variety of opportunities that are given to connect with the children. I’ve visited schools in Paducah, Mayfield, and of course Murray. I enjoyed the chance to apply what I’ve learned in these past few years and it has made everything so much more meaningful to me.

What are your career plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to go back home and teach at the middle school level and also pursue a Master’s Degree in Education Administration.