Jamal’s Story – Return to the U

Jamal’s Story – Return to the U


I actually end up leaving probably 2000
I started working couldn’t pay for school then where I originally went..
came from Snow College walked on playing ball football and um didn’t get a
scholarship didn’t really have the money to pay for it so I kind of uh kind of
fell to the side started working doing the life thing and kept working look up in
more years went by my name is Jamal Carter started at the
University of Utah in 1998 majored in sociology I was kind of on my own kind
of a quiet more quiet kid then didn’t really do my part reaching out trying to
find the resource there might have been more than I know about but just now it
was just things are a lot smoother now a lot more I know a lot more people so
that helped always looking for the opportunity to I was just working trying
to figure out how can I find the money and I’m 2011 did stats got through that
took some more years off and finally got with some some of the people like knew
and got the money together and then end up being able to come back in 2017 a
couple of people that helped me get back in and that supported me I’m I like to
start out with Theresa Martinez she was a professor I just never would forget
took her in 98 and her classes are just I mean can’t say enough about me no
should be classes made of mandatory period some of the stuff she teaches and
always so myself no matter what I do I’m gonna go back and see her whether it’s
through school or what have you and lovingly have luck has it I take her
again when I go back in 2017 she’s awesome course Mark Matheson friends
with his brother do a you know the coached in high school did
basketball together and he’s just awesome Mike would always nudge me you know you ever want to be a head coach and you
want to move on you gotta go to back and get that degree he stayed on me about that and through him kind of mentioned his brother being up in the English
department well it was easy for me to talk with Jamal coming back to the you
and finishing his degree and you know from
the very beginning he showed the greatest personal initiative
I was really admiring at that because I knew how hard he was working not only at
the school that another job and coming back would be a challenge in terms of
his schedule but he didn’t let that stand in his way he walked me through
all the resources where I needed to go and he stayed on me I kept going to see
him you know he’s just like me can’t say enough about him up in the English
department um Zach friend’s friend Sony he was he was key to he sat down with me
to help me get all my credits and everything in or order that’s what I
struggled like we’re gonna need to go from here Zach and he kind of put me put
together a plan so to speak a map mapped it out for me
people like that are like all praises to as graduation was approaching the whole
the walking thing was I mean I I didn’t walk when I graduated junior college at
high school is the last I just felt out of place um felt a little old like man I don’t
want to do this and my dad he graduated from the University of Utah with a
master’s degree and he oh yeah you’re gonna walk okay you know to tell me
twice so I was reluctant to do it and my dad and I thought about some of the
people that helped me that would be there not that long man there’s no way I
can’t walk I mean some of this thing about me so let me go ahead and put the
black on and it was lovely I went ahead and walked I was getting a lot of calls
from everybody and everybody was so proud it didn’t really hit me how’d you
know it was kind of a big deal and I was like I was just relieved to get through
it I didn’t know if I was gonna make it through the the fall semester and this
is I really did and it was it was emotional moment when I got there and
sat him I saw the kids and all the other degrees that were going I was
overwhelmed with the joy I was like wow this is this is big as it was hitting
me it really made me appreciate the university you thought everything they
do and all the resources that anything accessible to everybody I mean it’s a
there’s no way you can fail here too I mean anyone else that it’s kind of on
this path that I went on being away from school that many years intimidated you
know life takes over it takes off for everybody on I tell them
everybody’s got a why you know where you do anything I would tell them find your
why the effect it has on your life economically socially so many different
ways it’s totally worth it I mean don’t be intimidated particularly with this
university come back here so much help here one of the things that Jamal’s story
you know revealed to me was just how powerful the Return to the U program
is and how networked it is around campus and we here at the university have a
responsibility to help returning students you know get back into the
system be successful and go forward with their professional lives in a more
empowered way all the resources there all the help is there reach out believe
in yourself and just go out to it I can do it you can do it

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