TAMS Stories Facebook Discussion Thread
Arielle Butts on Aug 10, 2007 at 9:19PM
I was talking to Jerusha's mother this afternoon before the service and when I told her that the class of '06 and TAMS in general loved her daughter she told me that they feel they know so little about that time. I think the family would love to read any stories from those years. So if any of you have some, please post them and I'll send them to her family.
Alexandra Fife on Aug 11, 2007 at 7:17AM
Hey Arielle, great idea!

I talked to J-Ru's mother after the service too and I told her about the group we have going here and she wanted to make herself a facebook account so she could see the group and the things people are writing about J-Ru.
So, hopefully she'll be reading them here soon.
Cassandra Plew on Aug 11, 2007 at 9:48AM
I was wondering if there was a way to create a book, maybe even bound of all the thoughts everyone has posted here, so that it could be presented to Sue and Richard, for a lasting memorial of Jerusha. Does anyone know if this is possible or not?

Blessings, Cassandra
Katy Britten on Aug 11, 2007 at 10:26AM
One of my strongest memories of Jerusha was in our English class the spring semester of our junior year at TAMS. Every time we would get our grades back on a research paper--one that most people normally didn't do that well on--Mrs. Griswold would always say, "Man, you guys need to start taking lessons from Jerusha. That girl can write!" Jerusha would always blush and smile, and Mrs. Griswold would just keep bragging about Jerusha's talent. Although I doubt most of us in the class ever got to read one of Jerusha's papers, everyone knew that her talent for writing was remarkable, especially when one took into account how hard our professor graded. She was an incredibly gifted student, and I know without a doubt that she is not only missed by her own class at TAMS, but by students in the classes both above and below ours as well. She touched so many lives in those two short years, and she will be impossible to forget.
Lorenzo F on Aug 11, 2007 at 1:50PM
yes, everyone post, and when i see her mother next week i'll either create a facebook account for her and show her how to view this stuff, or, in a few weeks, i'll print out everything everyone's written (topics, wall, etc.) and send to her.
Ted Fan on Aug 11, 2007 at 5:23PM
This feels so long ago. We were both at Parkland Hospital, getting paperwork done so we could volunteer. I remember being bored, looking around for something to keep me busy. Next to me was Jerusha, reading East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. My first thought was, this gal has got taste.

Have a good one.
Chloe' Matelski on Aug 13, 2007 at 12:36PM
So, I think I prob. have more memories than can fit on one page, but here's a few.(I did live w/ her for 2 1/2 YEARS! -- you tend to develop quite a few when you LIVE w/ someone...especially sharing one tiny room).

My first...
I got my letter from TAMS saying who my new roommate would be. It said 'Jerusha Young from Cypress, TX'. I called her to try to get to know her a little better before we moved in together.
The first time we talked, I asked her what she liked to do and all those other "roommate" questions. She definetly didn't do herself justice on the phone, to be honest, I was a little worried we wouldn't click.
So when I finally met her on move-in day, I realized my first impression was wrong. We clicked so well. I was so relieved. All our interests were alike (well, I had to introduce her to Clay Walker, but other than that ; ) )

One of the memories I was sharing w/ her sisters last Fri. was when Roosh decided to only sleep for 4 hours a day. She would take a 20min. nap ever 3 hours or something like that. She was so excited and dead serious. She said that it would give her so much time to do whatever she wanted... Needless to say, it only lasted about a week, but our room was spotless! (she decided to clean during those dreaded hours that TAMS turned off the internet.)

There's so many others...the Clay Walker Concert, Graduation, seeing her for the first time senior year and not even recognizing her!, sledding down the hill using Bruce trays, her unique laugh, her dancing, her most used phrase..."...of MY LIFE" (example: she had a hard week of tests, she'd say... " This was the hardest week...of MY LIFE" !!!), getting our senior pics done together by my aunt geri, wanting to share clothes - but all of mine were too short, and all of hers were too long - , moving in to our new house in College Station and painting all the walls, getting kicked out of a bridal store for trying on dresses and taking pictures, those damn fire drills and cozying up in the rain, freezing wind, etc. at least once a month (right before Bio exams), teaching her it was possible to straighten her hair ( God bless the Chi!), always embarrassed to tell her my grade on test, because she ALWAYS did better!, hearing her talk to her australian bf...and then cutting in to make fun of him and his culture ; ) ), how she talked about her family constantly!...she loved yall so much and missed yall while we were at TAMS!, AND SO MANY MORE.

I can't believe she's gone. My heart aches.

Watching that slide show the other day, and seeing all those more recent pics of her, just made Rachel and me realize that that was the Jrue we didn't know, but we wish we did. We had some hard times there last fall/winter. I'm so glad we did make up though! I don't know how I would feel if I had left things bad b/w us. We made plans to see each other this summer, but nothing ever worked out...I never even got to see her w/ her new do. I wish I had a more recent memory of her, but my last one was probably October. Gosh, it's almost been a year since I spent time w/ her.

Well, Jerusha. I love you. You'll forever be my best roommate! I considered you one of my best friends. My memories will never fade.
Arielle Butts on Aug 11, 2007 at 7:51PM
I was talking to Jerusha's mother this afternoon before the service and when I told her that the class of '06 and TAMS in general loved her daughter she told me that they feel they know so little about that time. I think the family would love to read any stories from those years. So if any of you have some, please post them and I'll send them to her family.

Remembering Jerusha Facebook Discussion Thread
Alexandra Fife on Aug 7, 2007 at 10:22AM
Jerusha Young
May 19, 1988 - August 4, 2007

I posted this note on my profile, but I thought I'd post it here too so more people could see it.
Here, everyone can post memories they have about Jerusha, etc.

As you may or may not have heard, Jerusha Young, a friend to many and the best friend I've personally ever had, took her life on Sunday the 4th of this month after suffering from severe depression for an extended period of time.

Jerusha, or J-Ru as I called her, had many friends because of her vivacious, overflowing personality. She was well known for her laugh - no one laughed quite like that. It was infectious! I will miss that laugh more than I can put into writing. When we would hang out, J-Ru would often complain that her face hurt from smiling and laughing so much - mine did too! J-Ru was easily amused, but extremely funny all on her own too!

She was by far the smartest person I've ever met (I'm talking genius level, and that's no exaggeration), as well as the most genuine and sincere person I've ever known. When I first met her, she was so shy and reserved - people barely recognized her when she came back from the Texas Academy of Math and Science (TAMS) because she'd lost her glasses, grown her hair out, and grown about a foot! She looked like a model. It was like a complete metamorphasis! But, she was still the same person on the inside and even though her illness left her struggling with depression, she never lost her laugh or her broad smile.l

Jerusha was good at everything - so much so that she couldn't decide on a career to pursue! She wanted to be a vet, a humanitarian, a psychologist - even a pilot! And she could have been any or all of those if she had set her mind to it. She often talked about wanting to go to Africa to help those less fortunate than herself - that was so like her. She always put herself last.

Jerusha had very deep love and respect for God and she proved that by being baptized in her religion just months before her death. So, it's only fair and right that I mention the hope for the future that both Jerusha believed in - a hope that I share and now look forward to far more than I ever have before!

When Jesus' close friend Lazarus died, Jeusus said : "Lazarus our friend has gone to rest, but I am journeying there to awaken him from sleep." Jesus knew that Lazarus was dead, but he said that he was figuratively "sleeping" to illustrate to his disciples how easily he could raise the dead - just like waking someone up from sleep. Jesus went on to say "I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life." (John 11: 11, 25)

Jerusha believed and I believe that the dead are as if asleep - peacefully waiting for the Son of God to resurrect those who loved his Father to eternal life in a beautiful paradise.

Jerusha, I will see you again, very soon! The time fast approaches when God's kingdom will reign over all the earth and God will "wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:4)
Then, I look forward to being best friends with Jerusha forever, and she'll be her old self again, before her sickness started to cloud her life.

Please remember Jerusha's family - her loving parents, and especially her older sister Hannah and her little sister Bethany - in your thoughts and prayers in this time of sadness.

J-Ru, although I know I'll see you again soon, I wish there had been something I could've done to save you. At the same time, I know that your illness made your life very hard, so I am glad that you are far away from the pain now. Next time we meet, you will be grinning from ear to ear again.

Jerusha, I will never forget you!!!
Alexandra Fife on Aug 10, 2007 at 5:43PM
Okay, I guess I'll get the ball rolling for memories....

Here's one -
One time, me and J-Ru decided to become entrepreneurs. We bought all the materials and I went over to her house and we made a whole bunch of little kolaches (I think we made cookies too, or something like that, but I only recall the kolaches.) So anyway, we gave them to her dad and he took them to work with him (which was really nice of him - my dad would've eaten them all himself) and all the people at his work bought our food. It was awesome!

Anyways, the funny part is that we never did that again - we didn't make much of a profit because with all the time we spent making the food & the money we put into the materials, we barely broke even, lol.

So, we didn't do good business, but we had fun making them... So delicious....
Janelle Storck on Aug 11, 2007 at 11:58AM
One of my favorite memories of Jerusha is that in tenth grade we were editing buddies. I dont remember exactly what our topic was, but her paper was the most beautiful thing I have ever read. I told her and her simple response was, "It's not that great".

Her modesty and humble spirit will always touch me. She touched my life. She was just one of those truly genuinely beautiful people.

She was always very quiet and we never hung out outside of school, but she made such an impact on me in high school. That kind of purity and raw compassion is so rare in the world today.

We lost a good one.
Rebecca Krznarich on Aug 11, 2007 at 6:51PM
When I first met her, she and I and another guy drove all the way to Atlanta for an Amnesty International convention. We jammed out to cool music and one night after all the discussions were over we went to downtown Atlanta to a cool little nightspot. Since neither of us were really interested in clubbing or drinking, she and I wandered around together just watching people walk around. It was such a cool and random roadtrip and that night hanging out with her has always been one of my favorite memories of being in college.
Haley Mims on Aug 13, 2007 at 8:05AM
Jerusha and I spent the most time together Freshman year of high school in Spanish Club. Jerusha was really good at Spanish, among many other things. Then we occasionally saw each other on campus at A&M, usually in the girl's bathroom in the O&M building. It was always a treat to see her smiling face.
I don't think that I could use just one memory to put into words exactly what Jerusha was like, but looking back at all of the memories that I have of her, all the laughing and silliness, all the smiles and positivity that constantly beamed from her face, I can honestly say that she is one of the sweetest, smartest, most beautiful people I have ever met. My prayers and thougts are with her family and friends.
Jerusha, I will miss you!
Anna Zirondelli on Aug 13, 2007 at 8:34AM
Jerusha and I knew each other from middle school, but we got close when we were both taking summer school and carpooled. Although we weren't taking the same classes we always had something to talk about. She was so easy to talk to, and we were very similar in the way we thought and acted. We both wanted to become veternarians at the time. I knew that Jerusha definately would fulfill that dream if she put her mind to it. We got even closer when we took Spanish 4 sophomore year. That class was just like a big family, and she was one of our sisters. It was great to see how some of our "family members" met up at Jerusha's funeral to support her family, friends, and one another. She was very quiet in class compared to others but still had a huge impact on all of us. She always brought a different point of view, and was a great teacher whenever one of us had some difficulties. I'll never forget her laugh as it was contagious, and how she was sometimes so easily amused. :O) I remember when I found out that she was going to TAMS, I was extremely happy for her, but was saddened to lose a good friend. Although we didn't keep in touch every week, whenever she stopped by Cy-Fair she never forgot to visit her family from Spanish. She always fit right back into our class although we had dwindled in numbers and she had been gone for quite some time.

I thank Jerusha for having taught me so much during our short time together. I will miss her dearly. My thoughts go out to her family and all her friends that love her.

Victoria Fife on Aug 13, 2007 at 1:24PM
I remember Jerusha laughing that crazy, insane, out-of-control laugh of hers on the way home from seeing Bethany at Showstoppers. The numerous horrible performances amused her to no end.
Alexandra Fife on Aug 13, 2007 at 1:50PM
Okay, time for another memory.

J-Ru and I were best friends for 5 years, so I have plenty of memories. There's no room to post them all, so I'm picking out especially awesome ones...

Okay, the time we went to Phobia haunted house! We went at night, so it was pretty creepy... There was a crazy long line, and a black couple behind us were acting all big and bad like they weren't going to be scared of anything. So anyway, when we got inside, they were screaming and clinging onto us!! The man was about 6' tall and he was holding onto J-Ru's arm and screaming like a little girl!
The whole time inside the haunted house, J-Ru was just laughing. She didn't seem scared at all! I did my fair share of screaming...
Anyway, outside Phobia they have a little "forest" with guys walking around dressed up as monsters/serial killers/etc., and J-Ru dared me to "taunt them," (and I can never resist a good dare), so I taunted all of them mercilessly. It was awesome - J-Ru almost died laughing!
However, this later backfired because one of the guys with a chainsaw chased us all the way back to the car! That was pretty scary.
Awesome memory!! I don't think there was one solid minute in the whole evening when J-Ru wasn't laughing her face off. We always had so much fun together - I will miss that a lot.
Alexandra Fife on Aug 15, 2007 at 5:00PM
Okay, this memory is nothing fancy, but it's very vivid in my mind.

I remember the first time I saw J-Ru's new car - she was so proud of it and I was so jealous! It was such a sporty-looking little car and the A/C worked reeeaaaally well.
Anyway, it's a stick-shift, and she'd only had the car for a few days, so it was a BUMPY ride, but we had fun with it! It was like riding an out-of-control horse, lol! But, she was always a fast learner - she had it down to a fine art in about 2 weeks.
Another really great memory is the times me & J-Ru went to see Showstoppers! The first time, we pretty much just made fun of everyone we saw - we couldn't stop laughing, some of them were soooo bad! The last time we went, Bethany (J-Ru's little sister) was in a few of the performances, so we were waving madly at her the whole time and trying to distract her. That was awesome!
Sigh. Good times!
Alexandra Fife on Aug 21, 2007 at 12:01PM
This memory is particularly hard for me to think about, because it's the last time I was over at J-Ru's house when she was alive (about 3 weeks before her death.)
We watched "Spinal Tap," and we all (Bethany watched too) agreed that it was funny, but not as hilarious as everyone thought it would be. Then we lounged around in the living room and joked about how lazy we've become. J-Ru made a sandwich w/ lunchmeat, and I stole a piece of the meat. She threw a little rubber ball around and Pandora chased it through the house. We also played some card games (Speed, Rummy, War, etc.) and Bethany won every single game - that girl is a card-playing pro! Hahaa, then I told Bethany I'd give her a quarter if she ate a dog-food pellet, and she did it!! It was awesome - J-Ru almost died laughing. I gave her 50 cents instead.
The worst part about remembering that day is that I do recall that Jerusha seemed sad and sort of tired, but I attributed that to her new medicine she was on. She seemed very worried that she wasn't the same as she used to be, and she told me she couldn't carry on a conversation like she used to. I lied and told her there was barely any difference, and she seemed a bit reassured by that. Truth be told, J-Ru was different, but only in that her laugh came less readily (I had to really work at getting her to laugh since she started getting depressed, so every laugh was like an accomplishment!!).
Anyway, that was the last time I was in J-Ru's house when she was there too. I will never forget how J-Ru enriched my life so much!