Alumni Monthly Newsletter

February 2018

The only thing you can do alone is fail.”
-Delonte Jones

 In conversations I’ve had with alumni over the past couple of years, one of the most common phrases I hear is “I don’t know how to study.” Studying is this vague term that isn’t easily defined and looks different for every one. I have been working to come up with a couple of my favorite study techniques, and in this process have come across a great resource to master different types of studying. Cal Newport’s Study Hacks Blog ( has a lot of practical study techniques. Use the “Posts by Category” to find one that works for you.   

Although this is a great resource, the best advice comes from students just like you. If you have a favorite study technique or way you enjoy studying, take a picture or write about it, and you could be featured in our next newsletter or on our alumni Instagram page. You may even get a free meal from it!

Otherwise, if you’re concerned about your future, your life at this moment, or have any questions, concerns, or want to create a plan for the future, please reach out.

You are always part of the JRLA family,
Ms. Grow


ONE LAST REMINDER: SUBMIT YOUR 2018-2019 FAFSA ASAP. The future of the federal Pell grant is TBD, so it is extra important to fill out your FAFSA before March 1 to secure your grant funding for school. Do not delay or else your funding could be delayed!!!

Alumni Spotlight- February 2018:
The alumni spotlight this month honors one of our 2017 graduates, Raven Pearson! Throughout high school, Raven maintained a high GPA and she has continued this trend into her first semester of college at Central State University. She really enjoys attending an HBCU and is happy with her decision of attending CSU. She is involved in Black Beautiful Queens on campus and is a member of NAACP, where she has had the opportunity to support community relations with the college. She is also looking into studying in Costa Rica over the summer and is hoping to receive scholarship money to do so. Keep it up, Raven!

Resource Plug- February 2018:
Cal Newport Study Hacks Blog- This website have loads of resources for tips and tricks of studying. Look around and see what’s right for you!