My Story: Jamal Moss

No one in Jamal Moss’s family had ever gone to college. A university education seemed like a dream for Jamal — something out of reach. His high school grades were average, and he barely participated in class.

But after a guidance counselor at his Charlotte, N.C. high school impressed upon him the importance of higher education, Jamal jump-started his academic career. He transformed into a top student and eventually won a scholarship to his local community college, where he excelled in the classroom and in several campus leadership organizations.

When Jamal transferred to NC State, he found himself surrounded by programs in bioinformatics, genetics and math. These life-changing offerings have inspired the once uninspired student to reach for an even loftier goal: medical school.

Jamal, a biological sciences major, is also a Sciences Ambassador, one of a select group of passionate students who help promote the college and NC State. Funding from Dean’s Circle members supports the program.

“The Ambassadors program allows me to put myself out there to connect with more people,” he says. “I’ve been exposed to more of academia, more research and more knowledge than I would have been otherwise.”