Jonathan Josey came to Central Michigan University looking to experience as much as he possibly could and take advantage of all the opportunities available to him.
By taking a variety of courses, participating in different leadership programs, meeting new people and getting involved in the campus community, Jonathan was able to find his passion for event management and grow into the person he is today.
"Community is a huge thing. Central really has the capacity for it and that's the one true reason I stayed here. It's so open. They really want you to feel comfortable here." Jonathan said.
He explored all of the opportunities CMU offers his freshman year. He took engineering, business and recreation management courses; clicking the most with the recreation, parks and leisure services administration program. He ultimately chose the recreation and event management concentration.
"I love my program. I love the faculty. We're on first name basis, and you don't have that everywhere," he said.
What sets CMU apart from other schools is how professors approach teaching, Jonathan said.
"CMU does a great job of providing a great education and also making it fun," he said.
Jonathan's many activities keep him busy when he's not in class. He is a member of multiple bible studies, CMU's Gospel Choir, Men About Change, the Faith Community Church and is a mentor for IMPACT. He also strives to be a little light in someone's day each day.
Being so involved on campus helped him make friends, create lasting connections with faculty and develop skills that will help him in his future career.
"I've grown as a leader in so many ways. It's a huge accomplishment," he said. "My childhood didn't hold me back. I grew up in a single parent household, but I overcame it."
Jonathan would love to be an event planner for YouTube's VidCon in California after graduation. However, his long-term goal includes returning to his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, to work with young people and be part of the city's revitalization.
"You can be from Detroit, you can get a degree, and you can come back to the city that raised you." Jonathan said.