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Dream Dreamer: Student’s mission to influence lives

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Kendrick Jones introduces guest speaker Joe White.

Kendrick Jones introduces guest speaker Joe White.

Kendrick Jones introduces guest speaker Joe White.

Megan Kirk-Henderson, [email protected]

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What happens when you actually decide to follow your dreams?

Senior Kendrick Jones found that out this year when he created his Dream Again campaign.

The communication advocacy major established his campaign in February, and he said it “seeks to share the stories of dreamers everywhere and inspire others to awaken passion and pursue purpose.”

When Jones started his freshman year of college at ULM, he had no idea that by the time he was a senior, he would feel called to pursue a dream of going to seminary in Australia. Dream Again is helping him raise the funds to make that aspiration happen.

Jones uses his campaign and his photography business to share stories of people and students who are following their own dreams.

He hopes to inspire others to do the same.

“The stories that I share weekly cover people of all ages, races and walks of life who have the same goal in mind: Pursuing them more and inspiring others who have given up to ‘dream again,’” Jones said.

His hope to inspire others seems to be working, too. RaeChelle “Red” Leiken is a senior public relations major who credits Jones with helping her have the confidence to tell others about her dreams.

Leiken recalled the first moment she was honest with someone about what she wants for her life.

She said she shared her aspiration of working for a communications team for an NBA organization, and Jones encouraged her. “I started confidently saying my dreams to other people because of Kendrick,” Leiken said. “He told me about his dream and Australia and how passionate he was. From there on, I decided to speak my dream with confidence.”

Jones doesn’t know yet what the next step after seminary is, but that’s not a problem for him. “Not knowing the ‘what’s next’ has taught me what it means to embrace every moment,” he said.

“I believe that it’s in every moment of our today that creates our tomorrow.”

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