Real Story: John Jones

John Jones

CSM graduate John Jones, smiling and talking to someone out of the frame, sitting in a cozy interview space.CSM Class of 2013, Mathematics and Sciences

Accolades, Accomplishments, and Highlights: Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bowie State University; Master of Science in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University

Current Job Title: Technical Lab Supervisor

Current Institution: Doctoral student at Howard University

I was 27 when I came home to Waldorf to take care of my family after my dad was diagnosed with kidney disease.

One of the things he really wanted me to do when I came back was to continue my education. I'd been saying since I was 8 that I really wanted to be a scientist, and he told me, “I know you're here to take care of me; you're here because your mom and I need it. But I need you to go back to school.”

Shortly after I enrolled at CSM, my father's condition started to worsen. “I need you to continue to not quit,” he told me, and I could hear his words in my ears when he passed away the first day of my next-to-last semester. That very next morning, I made it to class for him.

Throughout that whole time after he passed away, CSM did a great job of taking care of me, not just as a student, but as a person. It's the most supportive environment I've experienced. People at CSM cared more about me than anywhere else I've been.

After I graduated from CSM, I got my bachelor's in biology and my master's in biotechnology, and this fall I'm starting a Ph.D. program at Howard University. I've done a lot of things, I've been a lot of places, and none of it would have been possible if I hadn't restarted my education at CSM.

CSM enabled me to progress financially and improve my family's financial status. I'm married, with two kids, and we just bought our first house. All the things I've been able to do and accomplish—they all started traveling down Mitchell Road.

Regardless of your end goal, if you have the opportunity to attend CSM, do it. It's somewhere you can be nurtured, taught, and shepherded to whatever your long-term goals are.

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Last updated: 4-14-22

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