Scholar Spotlight – Jeffrey!


Jeffrey – Linfield College – Class of 2022

“Oliver Wilde made the claim that ‘Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic,’ and I have such faith in that quote that I have an homage to it, permanently tattooed on my left bicep.”

Oscar Wilde said that, “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” This has become Jeffrey’s mantra. Although he doesn’t claim to be exquisite, he does attribute his tragedy to where he is today.

Jeffrey’s story started early in life. He never felt that he had a place. He struggled with making friends and began to assume that it was his fault because he was too flawed for friendships. This led to deep depression and suicidal thoughts. Fortunately, he was able to find a place that led him to finding the strength inside to see the world differently.

He learned that he is not alone, that his feelings of isolation and being different was very common. It was this change of thinking that allowed him to seek a deeper meaning into his struggles.

“Ironically my dream would be that by the time I finish my schooling, I’m not needed anymore. That the mental health crisis and lack of resources is solved by the time I’m finally done. Unfortunately this seems very unlikely, and until it starts to change I must be the change I want to see.”

When he realized that others have the same illnesses and have gone through the same process of treatment as he did, his eyes began to open. “I’m not alone and my genetic punishment isn’t unique.”

He is excited about starting a new chapter in college and is looking forward to making new friends, exploring new interests and learning more about himself. He plans to work in the behavioral health field. “Ironically, my dream would be that by the time I finish my schooling, I’m not needed any more, that the mental health crisis and lack of resources is solved by the time I’m finally done.”

We do too, Jeffrey. You are exquisite and we are excited to be a small part of your story!

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