Learning to Serve

Tony Jones on Capital stepsBy any definition, Tony Jones had an adventurous summer.


In May, the junior traveled to Spain as part of the Chancellor’s Leadership Council Scholarship class. Then one day after he returned to Fort Smith, he again boarded a plane. This time he was bound for Washington, D.C., and an internship in the office of Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.


From studying Spanish and living with a host family in Salamanca, Spain, to getting a glimpse of how the Senate operates, Jones found himself exploring new worlds.


“Through these opportunities I came to realize that a key to living a fulfilled life is being able to step out of your comfort zone and reach for what’s out there,” he said.


In addition to his studies, Jones explored the Spanish cities of Madrid, Segovia and Castile and Leon. He found himself seeing the world anew.


“The world is an immensely diverse place and this trip helped open my eyes to that,” he said.


In the U.S. capitol, Jones worked on administrative tasks, helped in the press office and assisted Pryor’s constituents.


“One of the most important things I learned is that while the government may appear dysfunctional, and at time it is, that there are great people working hard to move the nation forward on both sides of the aisle in D.C.,” he said.


Jones, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, knows that UAFS is helping him build a strong foundation for a planned purpose-driven life of helping others.


“It’s a great atmosphere to learn who you are and the person that you’re meant to be,” he said.


Jones expects in the future he will move beyond his media communication major and political science minor. He wants to study law to help families and then eventually run for political office.


It’s about following his mother’s example from studying at UAFS to helping others.


“The small acts of service I saw her do instilled in me the need to serve,” he said.