Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

Karina A. Jones (Mayfield)

Posted: September 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

What year did you graduate?
1995
Where are you from?
Suffolk, Virginia
What was your major?
Chemistry (Pre-Chemical Engineering)
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Yes. Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Systems Engineer for Marine Corps Systems Command
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is an academic program that challenges students to look beyond the surface of their intellect and social status in order to discover what gifts and skills can be used to effect positive and lasting change.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS made graduate school a priority and it prepared me for the rigors of obtaining an engineering degree. This accomplishment has helped me navigate my career in just about any direction I wanted.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS challenged me to get stretch past my comfort zones and learn about my weaknesses and flip them into a skill, a craft that I could fall back on later. My DNIMAS class mates were an awesome support system as well. We were competitive yet, we were there for each other. I still hold many of the friendships today very dear to my heart.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I was in the Gospel Choir, Student Leadership, and National Society of Black Engineers (going to lots of conferences). I participated in a lot of Spades tournaments, hung out on the steps of Phyllis Wheately for HOURS. Of course I went to games mostly football and basketball.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Sitting on the steps of Phyllis Wheatley (with the ladies from the class of ’95) watching a car literally drive up on the median because the driver was too busy looking at us! That was funny!
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Whatever my issues were, they were outweighed by the fun I had and the shear joy of graduating with honors!!
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would not have met some of the most sincere, caring, supportive and loving friends that I have in my life. Those
relationships will last a lifetime.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Absolutely! Weekly or daily.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Push yourself and do not rest on your laurels or GPA! Intellect gets you to a point. Perseverance through trials allows you to enter with unwavering confidence.