Jennifer S.

Graduate Recipient



"Choose one inspirational quote or motto that has helped you throughout your journey with cystic fibrosis. How do you live by your quote or motto and how has it motivated you to accomplish your goals?"


My parents always told me, “You have a lot on your plate and a lot working against you. It may excuse some things, but it not an excuse to give anything less than your best effort. Rub some dirt on it and keep moving.” It sounds harsh, but I loved it. Achievement wasn’t the goal; the goal was to never give up. Jackie Robinson once said, “Don’t be called out on strikes; go down swinging.” This summed up what my parents wanted for my life. They wanted me to live the fullest life possible - no matter how many times I struck out. I struggled with what it meant to live with CF. I tried for a long time to be “normal”. Then I realized I needed to redefine normal. I started doing things my way, pushing myself and living out my dreams. Even though, this was not how individuals with Cystic Fibrosis were expected to live 25 years ago. Throughout my life, getting a “hit” hasn't always been easy. I learned to deal with the curve balls and through some difficult life lessons, I learned how to swing. I start law school in August at the second ranked law school for health law in the U.S. I will use my education to be an advocate, removing obstacles so everyone can come to bat. I don’t know how my life will turnout, but I know I will not go down on a strike. I WILL go down swinging.

 

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Jennifer S.'s Achievements

  • Project Manager Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Assistant Dean of Student Engagement and Development, Life University
  • Secretary, Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education, (2015-present)
  • Membership coordinator, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators - Georgia, (2016-2018)

  • Junior League of Atlanta, JLA Leadership Institute Committee, (2013-2018)
  • Roswell Street Commons Home Owners Association, President, (2012-2017)
  • Kiwanis of Marietta, U40 Membership Social Chair, (2014-2016)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Georgia, Event Speaker and Fundraiser, (2004-2017)

  • The Almeda Jacks Outstanding Administrative Graduate Assistant of the Year, Clemson University
  • Eugene T. Moore School of Education Outstanding Graduate Student: Excellence in Counseling & Education Leadership, Clemson University