Johnathan E. Reaves (Jonesboro), a junior a Clayton State University majoring in Mathematics with Teacher Education certification, decided to “continue his family legacy on Clayton County soil.” He decided to attend Clayton State after gaining his Associate of Science degree at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. And while Clayton State currently enrolls 7,145 students, all with their own stories, Reaves’ story is a special one.
Reaves has had an unusual number of family members who attended Clayton State, which encouraged him to attend. Reaves’ grandmother, Lillie Farmer, graduated from Clayton State in 1985 with an Associate of Science, and earned a Bachelors of Nursing in 1994. His mother, Sharon R. Duhart, earned her Associate of Business in 2002, and her Bachelors of Business Administration in 2003 from Clayton State University. In addition, his father, Gregory S. Duhart, his aunt Santricia Pharr, and his sister Carla Exum, all attended Clayton State for some of their collegiate careers. Reaves has an aunt, Prestina Harris, who is also currently enrolled at the University.
“Education in my family is very important,” Reaves says. “My family does not believe that success is based upon education. but more so education can help define your success. My reason for going to college is not to become wealthy, but to enhance my socio-economic status.”
Reaves’ describes his experience at Clayton State as positive and he is especially enthusiastic about having well-educated professors from various backgrounds.
“Since I’ve been at the University, there has been one professor who has sparked my desire to want to learn more and do better. His name is Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Elliot Krop, and he has really inspired me to push myself beyond what I can see, through his actions and teaching,” says Reaves
Reaves has faced some challenges, mainly time management.
“My biggest challenge has been time management,” he says. “There are a lot of things going on. It’s important to manage my time wisely so that I can be successful. Time management is essential for success.
“Clayton State is making my dreams a reality by offering courses that are needed for my major. The University also has several organizations that encourage my involvement.”
After Reaves completes his undergraduate program he would like to go to medical school to become an ER physician.