Looking for a graduation gift for a high school student? Author Quentin M. Jones may have the answer. Jones has written a book, “How to Maneuver Through College: What They Don’t Tell You,” to help students successfully maneuver through college.
A Columbus native, Quentin excelled in both the classroom and on the playing field. The Northland High School graduate was a top ranked defensive tackle who earned a scholarship to UTEP. He finished his athletic and academic career at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. Quentin graduated in May 2014 with my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. In December 2015, he earned a Master of Science with a concentration in Strategic Leadership from the University of Charleston West Virginia and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
“I never ever thought I would write a book. It’s still a little weird when someone refers to me as an author. The idea came up after I was having a conversation with one of my parent’s friends who had a child in college. She just asked me for advice that could help her son through college,” he said. “In college, there are a lot of things that they don’t tell you or fail to mention. I wanted to bring some of those things to light, so the students coming up will be more prepared”
Quentin wants to inspire and share his experiences to help other students, particularly students who live in poverty.
“I spoke at Buckeye Middle School a couple weeks ago and I was surprised how receptive and eager the middle school students were, especially, those coming from the inner city. This is the exact information our youth needs,” he said. “To see someone that grew up just like them, went to the same schools, and had to deal with a lot of the same things: It helps them relate to you more. They actually take what you are saying and run with it. They become even more motivated. In most cases, that’s all it takes is for them to see that their dreams are really obtainable. They just need encouragement that they can achieve special things. That college isn’t this big, scary, difficult unenjoyable place that people can sometimes portray it to be.”
Quentin is working on another book. It will focus on the student-athletics and the recruiting process.
How to Maneuver Through College: What They Don’t Tell You is available on Amazon.com
Quentin can be reached at email@example.com
This appeared in the May 1 issue of OhioMBE.
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