Aspiring to greatness: Kelley undergrad overcomes loss and excels
To say Jacey Stuckey has overcome is an understatement.
Her drive, motivation and determination will inspire you – even after just one conversation.
Stuckey grew up in rural South Carolina, and after losing her mother and uncle at age 14, she wasn’t sure if college was in the cards for her.
What seemed unlikely became possible because of Jacey’s tenacity to persevere.
She became determined to get the best grades she could in high school so she could attend college. Now she’s putting herself through school at IUPUI mostly with scholarships.
“Nothing great ever comes from being in your comfort zone all the time,” Jacey said. “My advice: Push yourself even if you feel like you’re doing something no one else is doing yet, even if you feel like others will judge you or think you’re crazy.
"A lot of people told me I couldn’t go to college. They said I didn’t have the grades or the money. But here I am, in college, in a different state. If I hadn’t pushed myself, I may still be in that small town in South Carolina -- Maybe not in school at all. But here I am.”