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General Studies: Freshman Studies
University of Mississippi

Meet a Freshman Studies Student

We sat down for a Q&A with Ole Miss Freshman Studies student, Jaylon Jones, to find out more about his experience as a UM student.

Jaylon Jones

Why did you choose Ole Miss?

I chose the University of Mississippi after coming to visit my freshman year of high school. I fell in love with the campus and in that moment, I knew this is where I wanted to go. I liked how the environment is very free and open to be you.

Describe your journey to selecting a major.

I started my journey here at the university as a pre-nursing student, but my father encouraged me to take classes related to my background and culture. After taking some classes, I realized that nursing was not for me, and I switched to Freshman Studies to help explore my options.

Which faculty member has influenced you most during your time here at Ole Miss?

Definitely my advisor for African American Studies, Dr. Ethel Scurlock.  She has been very easy to talk to and has helped me make decisions about my future path like what I want to do, career decisions, and basic life guidance.

What advice would you give to someone struggling to choose their major?

If you aren’t sure of your major, I highly recommend finding your interests by taking lots of different classes, especially EDHE 105. You can also take career tests, personality tests, and really think about what your strengths are and what you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life.

What campus resources helped you the most?

A couple campus resources that helped me the most were the Career Center and the Writing Center. The Career Center has lots of resources in helping you get internships, refining your resume, and finding what you want to do in the future. The Writing Center is great if you are writing a lot of papers. They will glance over papers and double-check them before you turn them in.