Class of 2014 | College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences | Biology
For Jonathan Fitzgerald, life is about second chances. His journey to become a physician began in 1996 when he graduated from McGavock High School in Nashville, Tenn. He graduated with Honors and was ranked in the top 11 percent of his class. “I knew I had the potential to something great with my life,” said Jonathan. He attended Morehouse College for a year as a biology major but was not prepared to remain out-of-state and continue his education. He returned to Nashville and attended Volunteer State Community College and transferred to Middle Tennessee State University as a music major. Through a series of life events, including adopting his then 2-year old niece, Jonathan dropped out of school, and started a career and family. But his education and his quest for greatness always nagged at him. In 2009 he decided to give college the “old college try.” He applied and was accepted for the BS/MD TSU/Meharry Medical College program. It was his second chance. Jonathan will graduate Summa Cum Laude with a cumulative 3.907 GPA and knows that without the help and support of his “family” at TSU, his dream of becoming a doctor would have went unrealized. “TSU is where I should have been from the beginning,” said Jonathan. “My journey has been a struggle at times. I went all ‘around the world’ to realize what I needed was right in my backyard. Tennessee State University helped me with a second chance at life and my education, and I will always be forever grateful.” Jonathan will start medical school at Meharry Medical College in the fall of 2015.