A Life Changed- Wiley College Student Jakeisha Haynes Tells Her Story



Wiley College Student Jakeisha Haynes

[Dallas, TX – August 19th]

“Before I came to Wiley College, I did not know where I was headed in life. I had no motivation; I was just trying to find the easy way out.” 

After graduating  high school, I attended Lamar University. I had always been sheltered as a child so  when I go  to college I just let loose. I was not going to class  and with only  four classes,  I came up with every excuse not to attend. I was at every single party but I couldn’t make it to class the next morning. When it was time to take finals, I failed all of them except one and I only passed it because I looked on someone else’s paper. My grade point average was so low they told me I had to take out a loan and write an appeal letter if I wanted to stay enrolled at Lamar and the other alternative was to sit out a semester.

My family thought I was doing so well at school, but when my mother discovered I flunked out of school she was so disappointed in me. My excuse was “school is not for me”. A year and a half went by and I was living on my own, but I was struggling so badly and I had no one to help me.  One day as I was trying to figure out how I was going to pay my rent that month, I told myself I have to go back to school. This was not the life I planned for myself. My Aunt Denita helped me find Wiley College, and as I was reading the website, I found that it had an open door policy. I was so happy that I could get a second chance; I couldn’t wait to come and visit.  The visitation went very well; I loved the campus and the friendly people that I met. When I received my acceptance letter, I started counting down the days until could open a new chapter in my life.

Wiley College has changed me in so many ways I use to think I was too stupid to make good grades; I now have a 3.2 GPA.”

 The faculty and staff have been like a family to me and I have met so many people from all around the world.  It’s an amazing feeling.  The influence of Wiley has caused me to do a 180. I am not the same person I was a year ago. I have matured so much and  learned so many different things.  I am so glad to be a part of the Wiley Wildcat family; I would not trade it for anything in the world. I love my HBCU!

Source: The Wiley Reporter

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