Major: Exercise science
Minor: Public and community health
Hometown: Paducah, Kentucky
High school: Paducah Tilghman High School
Jade Townsley, a senior from Paducah, is one such student. Throughout her time at Murray State, Townsley has volunteered in the Transfer Student Association and on the Office of Multicultural Affairs Leadership Team, doing her part to help students adjust to college life in a welcoming, supportive environment. In the classroom, Townsley strives for the best — completing academic research projects and shadowing professionals in her field — while in pursuit of her degree in exercise science. At the end of each day, Townsley hopes to continue making a difference in people’s lives. This is her story.
Activities and Organizations
I enjoy being a member of the Office of Multicultural Affairs Leadership Team because I am able to assist incoming freshmen with their transition into college life. Some freshmen come to Murray State without knowing anyone, so my role is to be someone they can feel comfortable talking to about anything regarding college life or the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Plus, I attend a majority of events sponsored by the office, so they can continuously see my face and know that I am there to make their process a bit easier.
I also enjoy being a member of the Transfer Student Association because I am able to meet other transfer students like myself. I transferred to Murray State in fall 2016 and the members of the organization were welcoming and understanding of the different realities transfer students face.
McCracken County Community and Career Endowment Scholarship; Blue Diversity Scholarship; and the Johnnie Green Scholarship
Who has influenced you the most in your life and why?
The most influential person in my life has been my mother. I watched her juggle college classes while having a full-time job and being a mother to my younger sister and I. My mother earning her college degree and wanting to provide a better life for our family is what influenced me to go to college the most. Her passion, determination and ambition are characteristics that I aspire to possess within myself.
What do you want to do after graduation?
After graduation, I would like to attend graduate school. I am interested in obtaining a master’s degree in occupational therapy or a doctorate in physical therapy.
How do you define success?
I believe that success is all about believing in yourself. If you have self-doubt, it’s not going to get you far. As long as you have your faith, goals and determination for whatever you desire to become, you will obtain success.
If you could spend one hour with literally anyone, who would it be and why?
Definitely former First Lady Michelle Obama! I love the way she carries herself with poise; she is a beautiful, classy and intelligent woman. She inspires me to get involved in my community and volunteer to give back to those who are less fortunate. I strive to uphold myself in the same manner as her. I would love to gain some of her knowledge and know more about her story.
Why did you choose Murray State?
One of the reasons I chose Murray State was because it’s only 45 minutes away from home. I also chose Murray State because I spent three summers on campus participating in the Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS) program, which allowed me to learn the campus and meet some of the faculty members. The campus was easy to navigate and all the faculty and staff I met were very welcoming. At that moment, I knew I wanted to become a Racer.
What are some of your favorite Murray State traditions?
My favorite Murray State tradition is definitely Homecoming weekend! I enjoy attending Alpha Phi Alpha’s Miss Black & Gold Pageant on Friday night. Then, on Saturday morning, watching the Homecoming parade, walking around Tent City and attending the football game. I especially love the NPHC Step Show later that night! I have a blast every year that I attend.
What is something you’ve accomplished at Murray State that you’re most proud to have done?
My biggest accomplishment since I have been at Murray State are the scholarships I’ve earned. As a transfer student, I was not sure how I was going to afford attending a new university, but I decided to take the leap and attend Murray State anyway. Through the Emerging Scholarships Institute, I was able to provide service to the community, attend retention workshops, explore cultural and leadership events on campus and log my studying for my courses. All of this determination and hard work awarded me my name on the Dean’s List and two scholarships: the Blue Diversity Scholarship and the Johnnie Green Scholarship.
What opportunities have you been afforded at Murray State?
Upon graduation, I want to attend graduate school to obtain a degree in either occupational therapy or physical therapy. Through Murray State’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, I was able to travel to an Ohio institution and learn more about their graduate school programs. I was also able to attend their Graduate Research Symposium. This opportunity allowed me to not only explore the options I have after graduation but it also sparked my interest in conducting a few research projects in the near future.
What do you think sets Murray State apart from other universities?
There is something for everyone at Murray State. It doesn’t matter your race, religion, economic status or sexual orientation: there is a place for you. Murray State will not let any of their Racer Nation feel like they are excluded or not wanted. Murray State takes pride in making sure that you matter and that your experience here at Murray State is great!