Courtney Jones

The Roaring 20s


The first of the month marked not only the start of a new year, but the start of an entirely new decade. This seems like an ideal time for reflecting on the past ten years and goal-setting for the next. With that being said, I wanted to write a short reflection on the end of 2019.

The year started out incredibly and ended the same. In January, I received my approval that I would be graduating from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience. In May I finally walked across the stage and received my degree. I waited six years for that moment and it was well worth it.

Going back a bit, in March I attended the annual National Summit where two hundred youth from across Canada come together and discuss mental health advocacy and what we could each do to improve the systems of care in our own communities. While in Toronto for the summit, I met with Icon Models and signed my first modelling contract which was a dream come true.

The next few months after my graduation were a bit of a blur. I applied for and received my student visa and moved to not only a new city, but an entirely new country to begin a new degree. The opportunities that have been presented to me so far in Exeter in just one term are nothing short of incredible.

Through the law school, I started doing pro bono work with Citizens Advice helping people with their legal issues. I also joined the Women’s Equality Panel with the Student’s Guild, and this month I will be trained as a Student Ambassador so I can promote the university to students across the United Kingdom.

There’s much more to come but some of which I won’t be mentioning until everything is finalised. 2020 is already shaping up to be an incredible year, and I’m hoping the decade will be even better.

Here’s to the roaring 20s.


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