For students like Brittney Jones, moments like this are what make it all worth it. She was one of many students honored at the Students of Color Cording Ceremony recently. The moment was even more special for Jones, for whom it was the culmination of a decade-long journey.
Over ten year’s ago Jones was studying to go into the health and medical field at SUNY Fredonia when she became pregnant with her son. She dropped out of school and moved to Atlanta where she worked different jobs in the food service and health fields. In 2017, Jones decided to make a change. She packed up, and moved back to Syracuse to be with her family and finish her education.
Jones enrolled almost immediately and started to earn the credits she needed to transfer to nursing school. Three semesters later, she’s accomplished her goal and is moving on to studying at the College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital having earned a 3.5 GPA.
The grass isn’t growing under her feet either. Jones left to start a new job at SUNY Upstate Medical University immediately following the ceremony.