Valdosta State University Banner. Quitman Mayor-Elect James C. Brown is a student at VSU.
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Your typical college student is a young 20-something, fresh out of high school, continuing their education while they try and figure out what they want to do with their life. But one Valdosta State University student is not typical.
James C. Brown III is currently in his second year at VSU, but he was also just elected mayor of Quitman in this past Tuesday's election.
"My name is James C. Brown the third. I was born on Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta," said Brown. "So I'm pretty much from Quitman Georgia; that's where I graduated from."
Brown is also a retired Military Veteran. He served for a total of 22 years in both the Navy and the Army in the reserves and active duty. But a little over 2 years into retirement, he decided it was time for a change.
"The VA has afforded us veterans a beautiful opportunity to go back to school and better ourselves," said Brown. He added that school allows him to broaden his horizon and see the world from a different perspective.
Despite his age, Brown says he feels just like any other student. Although , he admits he's not quite as tech savvy as some of his younger classmates.
"I don't even know how to post anything on Facebook yet. And I was actually going to ask someone because I didn't even use it for the election," Brown explained.
He may not know too much about all of the technology students are using these days, but he does know a thing or two about what it's like to be young and have your whole life ahead of you.
"Education is key. it is very important, " Brown stressed. "No matter where you go, no matter what you do, if there's an opportunity to seek education I'd say take it."
"I don't care what you do in life, just make sure that you try and achieve an education," added Brown.
Whether he's in the classroom or in the Mayor's office, this is one veteran who put his life on the line to help make his country safe, and now he's putting his life in the classroom to help make his community a better place to live.