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The Self-Discoverer


Jesse never planned to go to college, but he found his purpose participating in Chemeketa’s Mock Trial program. Now he’s on his way to law school.

Jesse story

Learning to Set the Bar High

I would not be where I am today with the experience I had at Chemeketa.

When I started here four years ago, I came as a first generation, non-traditional student with no expectations. It was never the plan to get an education beyond high school, and I was not sure what I wanted to accomplish.

Within my first year, I had direction and never looked back. That direction came from the Mock Trial program. Mock Trial provided me with the necessary skills for success in academics and beyond. I have participated in over 50 trials, traveled to several cities and made lasting connections with peers and professionals.

Without the support of Chemeketa and the opportunity for Mock Trial, I may have never discovered my purpose. I never knew I’d get involved in a program as challenging as Mock Trial and would go on to pursue a chance at law school; however, at Chemeketa I learned to set my expectations high because I can do more than I ever imagined.

I am graduating from Chemeketa and starting a new journey at Willamette Law School. I want to share my experience with others so that they can know Chemeketa has more to offer than just an education, that they too can find their purpose at Chemeketa.


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