Jennifer Jenkins completes her Motlow journey after 22 years

 Jennifer Jenkins

When Jennifer Jenkins registered to attend Motlow State Community College more than 22 years ago, her motivation was simple: Motlow was close to home, and it was a less expensive option for her college education. Twenty years later when she re-registered at Motlow, her motivation was quite different. Due to her life circumstances, she felt a need to reset and restart her life. And she wanted to finish what she started.

As is so often the case with adults who are considering a college education, Jenkins was apprehensive as to whether she could succeed at college at her age. However, “Mama Jenn”, as she was soon affectionately referred to by her fellow students, proved that not only could she succeed, but also proved she could succeed extremely well at college, and get the most from her experience there.

Jenkins recently had her degree conferred by new Motlow President Michael Torrence who acknowledged her during his remarks at Motlow’s 48thAnnual Commencement Ceremony. Asked to stand by Torrence while he spoke of her achievements at Motlow as an adult learner, Jenkins proudly wore the gold stole, chord and medallion that signify she graduated Cum Laude as an honors student. 

All of you have made a difference in my life. No matter where I go from here, Motlow State Community College will forever be home to me!
— Jennifer Jenkins

Further evidence of her success at Motlow is the fact that Jennifer is now getting ready to start her second semester at Martin Methodist College as she pursues her bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences. Her plans are to work in crisis intervention for teens and young adults.

Jenkins gives much credit to the faculty and staff at Motlow, stating, “All of you have made a difference in my life. No matter where I go from here, Motlow State Community College will forever be home to me!”

Jennifer Jenkins is a fine testimony to the fact that adult learners can successfully reconnect with their educational goals, and that one can finish what they start, no matter how long it may take!