Chesterfield mom, education advocate has message for students: 'Define your future'

Posted at 5:54 PM, Jul 20, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. -- With the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020-2021 school year will be unlike any other.

Chesterfield mother Monyette Martin, who works at James Madison University, has a message for students in this week's Monday Motivation:

My name is Monyette Martin and I work with James Madison University and the admissions office as the senior assistant dean of admissions.

"I'm just here so excited that I have the opportunity just share a few words with students that are heading back to college in a few months and where things are and where you may be in this process.

While it may be a little little anxiety happening, just know that you're not the one only one experiencing that anxiety.

At the end of the day, it's up to you to define your future and explore different things outside of the classroom.

There are so many things that students can get involved in. When they can get involved in mission for the heart, they can get involved in community service and volunteering in and around their community.

All of these things will help you as you define your new future and as we move forward in this new new world, this new learning environment that, you know, it's actually an exciting time. It's an exciting and it's a different time.

So, we want to keep that energy and we want you to, I want you to just take that energy, pack it up, put it in your toolbox, and just use it as building blocks to your future.

Thank you. And I wish all of you a happy and successful school year.

We're all going to get through this. It's going to look a little different. But hey, this is the time for change."