Jamaica Thomas

Inquiring mind.
Jamaica Thomas is positively giddy about undergraduate research. And, the junior political science major from Jonesboro, Ga., isn’t satisfied until she’s done her detective work.

“I want to go to law school,” she says. “That’s been my dream since I was in elementary school.”

She believes she’ll have a “bit of an edge” when she gets there thanks to LaGrange Political Science professors Dr. John Tures and Dr. Tracy Lightcap who “always have something new for their classes to research.”

Last fall, Jamaica and eight of her classmates from the college’s political science, history, business and English departments finished in the top five of a nationwide competition called iOMe Challenge. They were given barely two weeks to write a 10,000 word essay on the national savings rate.

Also, they were required to produce a one-minute video about the key components of the essay. The students received a $2,000 cash prize for their efforts.

“Through her research, Jamaica found the key piece of information that became the cornerstone of the entire project,” reports Dr. Tures.

“I really love research,” she says.

 “That’s one reason why I want to be an attorney because there’s so much research involved.”
 “A lot of people make fun of me for that,” she laughs.

“I get so excited when I’ve been looking for something for a long time and I finally find it. It’s like, ‘yes’!”

That kind of 100 percent determination leads her to solutions for some of life’s most complex questions: What’s the best movie to see this weekend? Who has the tastiest burritos? Where are the best deals on textbooks?

“I research lots of websites for the lowest prices. I get my books cheap!” she says.

But, there’s more to Jamaica’s desire to pursue a law degree than her passion for research.

“Being a lawyer is my way of helping people,” she says. “I’m thinking about juvenile law because I like kids.
“Going through my parents’ divorce when I was younger … I know how hard it was for me,” she reflects.
“I would like to work for DFCS (Department of Family and Children Services) as a child advocate. I want to touch somebody’s life the way my grandma touched my life.”

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.