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Megan McArdle’s book The Upside of Down shows the benefits of failure. It tells of an experiment involving various groups such as engineers, lawyers, business leaders, and kindergarteners. For the experiment, each group was given 20 pieces of uncooked spaghetti, a meter of tape, and a piece of string and then instructed to see who could create the largest structure within an 18-minute time limit. Can you guess who did the best? Yes, it was the kindergarteners. Why? They did not worry about failure; they just “got after it” and kept going even when collapses occurred. Even your own Jacksonville College staff has participated in this experiment.

Proverbs 24:16 says, “a just man falleth seven times and riseth up again. . . .” Now you know that the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” is biblical.

Since we are born into a fallen world, failure is part of the human experience. Unfortunately, some people allow failure to cripple their lives so that they never move beyond the failure. They live their lives with the sad explanation that they can never do anything right. However, in Christ, our sins are washed away by the blood of Jesus, and we become new creations. God is the God of the second chance.

We at Jacksonville College offer a second chance to those who have gone through twelve years of school and have experienced failure and/or feel like failures for various reasons. Many colleges say “no” to those students with poor performance records or those with low scores on entrance exams. Others start college only to fail. Jacksonville College has an open enrollment policy because we believe in giving these students a second chance. We offer developmental courses to assist these students in preparing for the basic college courses. If you or someone you know has experienced academic failure, we encourage you to consider Jacksonville College, a school that not only believes in challenging minds but also in transforming lives.

Applications are still being accepted at Jacksonville College for Fall 2016. Registration of admitted students is ongoing. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at or (903) 589-7110, or visit and click on the “Admissions” tab. For course schedules, click on the “Course Offerings” link on the home page of the website. Classes begin on August 17.

Thelma Juanita McMahan

(2/23/1922 – 6/20/2016)

In her 28 years as instructor and chair of Jacksonville College’s Business Administration Department, Juanita McMahan (“Miss Mac”) left a legacy of love for the College and for JC students. Alumni fondly remember her sweet spirt and giving nature and the motherly hugs she so freely gave. A Sunday School teacher for 30 years at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Juanita was firm in her faith, and her love for the Lord was obvious in the way she lived her life and ministered to others. We are deeply grateful for Juanita’s many years of dedicated service to Jacksonville College. She is reaping the rewards of her service now and rejoicing in the presence of her Savior.

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