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Interview with Graduate Debrina Jones

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Debrina Jones CCR

What was your start date, and when did you graduate?

Start date: October 2013

Finished: September 2015

What lead you to pursue court reporting as a career?

I was studying forensics and active in areas of the law. A former coworker told me his wife had attempted it but quit at 120 won, but he felt I could do it and I would love it. I researched it and loved how it encompassed so many areas of law and grammar that I had already studied and pursued. I started school in Southern California. Right when I started, I found out I was expecting. After I completed theory and started speedbuilding, we decided to move to North Carolina to be closer to my family.

 

What made you choose CCR?

I tried another online school, and it didn't work out too well for me. I started to really research online schools and their success rates, since there were no brick and mortar schools in my state. CCR stood out at the top. After speaking with Nicky and hearing about the program offered, I knew it was the school I needed for me to get to the finish line.

 

Do you have any certifications? If not, do you plan on getting any/which ones?

I am currently working towards the RPR. I plan on obtaining the CRR and RMR.

 

Are you currently working?

I am currently working as a freelance reporter in both North and South Carolina.

 

What were your strengths/weaknesses in school?

My strength in school was my ability to keep going when I felt I couldn't go one more step. The weakness I had was trying to balance all the requirements handed to me along with my personal life.

 

If you could give any advice to a struggling student, what would that be?

To any student struggling to cross that finish line I would say you will have to give it all you have and then some. Dig as deep as you can, and find that tenacity you possess that brought you here in the first place. Only look back to see how far you've come. Keep reminding yourself of all of the hurdles you have overcome, and be proud every single day.

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