Markie’Sha James


Markie’Sha James was born in Itta Benna, MS. In 2001, she moved to Jackson, Mississippi. This move was important because she struggled with severe asthma and the nearest treatment place was in Jackson. Markie’Sha is a product of Jackson Public Schools. She was named Miss. Murrah at William B. Murrah High School. Currently, she attends Jackson State University, majoring in honors chemistry. She is the president of the American Chemical Society and a member of the Partnership for Research and Education in Materials. In 2016 Markie’Sha was recognized as one of the five L’Oréal and Tom Joyner “Young Women with a Purpose” scholarship recipients and a Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. While attending university, Markei’Sha had the opportunity of exploring research at Jackson State University, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and L’Oreal USA. She aspires to have a career that allows her to combine her life experiences with her love for science, with a goal of improving the quality of life for all.

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Markie’Sha James


Grown & Gone: Stories and tips to help students survive their first independent year of college is a great book of real world stories and tips shared by college students and one high school senior. The contributors of this book are very candid as they explain their troubles and triumphs during their undergraduate year. 


If you are a high school student or a college freshman, I bet you’ve got your first year of college all figured out. You are about to have the time of your life – parties, friends, fun, your own dorm room, and a bit of school work. The next few years of college will be just like high school, except no parents, no curfews, and thank goodness – no lectures. Well, that’s what we thought too. But, things don’t always work out like we think they will. If you want real life stories and tips that will help you improve your college experience, this is the book for you.


Inspiring stories. Real-life tips for High School and College students. This should be a MUST read for high school students to give them the real facts about going to college from students just like them. As a college professor, I wish ALL my students read this book before they started college.

-Dr. Stevie Dawn Blakely, CEO, Orange Compass
 I absolutely LOVE this book! Awesome, Awesome! This is a book that every college freshman should read!
-Dr. Felicia McGowan, Assistant Professor, Alcorn State University
Grown & Gone is a fantastic compilation of personal stories to give incoming college freshman a quick dose of reality. This book offers the truth about the hardships of attending college for the first time, how best to deal with professors, and how to learn from the mistakes of others. Don’t skip the checklists and challenges at the end of the book — they are a great way to prepare your high school senior for what comes next! Highly recommended!
-Dawn M. Wooten, Adjunct Professor, Purdue University at Fort Wayne
This is such a great book–so many good messages and impactful stories! 
-Stephanie Diaz, Author of the Extraction book series
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