Born in Jamaica Queens, NY. Currently reside in Marietta ,GA.
Are you a scholarship recipient?
Yes Presidents scholarship.
Explain why you chose the University of Miami as the preferred school for you to attend.
I fell in love with the diversity of the campus. I think it is truly amazing that we represent so many countries on one campus and that I am afforded the opportunity to learn about so many different cultures. I was also drawn to the University by its “Work Hard, Play Hard” mentality. The University prides itself on academics but also does a great job of incorporating and making student life a big part of the campus as well. I feel like the balance between the two exactly described my personality. I am a hard working student, but I also am very involved on campus with the interaction of my fellow peers.
Describe your fondest memory or experience as a student.
One of my fondest memories to date was when I was a host for Harambee weekend. I served as a host for accepted and prospective incoming freshmen. My job was to make them fall in love with campus just like I did. During that experience, I really learned why I loved my University and was able to pass it on to another student hoping that they too would come and join me to experience all that UM has to offer. The best part about the weekend was meeting President Shalala. She gave a speech along the lines of “I’m here for the students if you guys need me. I want to help.” The speech put me into tears because only at UM could you have a president as caring as she is. I was also able to take pictures with her that day as well. She is awesome!
What do you want your legacy to be as a Miami Hurricane?
I want to leave a legacy of community service, philanthropy, and Hurricane Spirit.
Why is it important for alumni to give back to the University of Miami?
Like previously mentioned, I literally could not be here with the help of alumni. When I am an alumna, I hope to not only give back to the school through monetary gifts, but I also hope to come back to give my time to students or offer UM students internships in my field of work one day.
Who or what is your favorite professor or course?
My favorite course was Eng. 106 taught by Professor Panton. I’m not sure if I loved the course or if I just loved her as a teacher. She really cares about her students. I remember my freshman year, when I took her class I was currently a microbiology major. I was struggling with the major and I was upset every day about it when I went to her class. Being a first generation college student can make it feel as though you have to be the “doctor” in the family. She was concerned about me. I had a meeting with her in her office about an upcoming paper. We talked about the paper for all of 5 minutes before she asked me, “What’s wrong?” I burst into tears in her office and explained I was not happy. She allowed me to cry in her office and then we had a long talk. She told me that science is not my thing, even she knew that. I told her I’ve always loved fashion and talking to people. Then she said something to me that has stuck with me forever. She said “Jesi, you are depriving the world of a talent that you have.” She sent me to the Toppel Career Center where I took a career test and my results came back along the lines of marketing, public relations and advertising. I instantly realized that my “talent” was my ability to talk to people and that I have a creative eye for seeing things. I am now switching to the School of Business Administration and I am currently enrolled in a marketing class. I LOVE IT. It is the best decision ever and it all came from Professor Panton because she cared about me and saw something I did not even see in myself.
What are you career aspirations or where will you be working once you graduate?
I was a Calling ’Canes student and I currently work in the ’Cane Success Center. I want to pursue retail buying. I would love to work for a company like Nordstrom’s or Bloomingdales where I could combine my love of marketing, fashion and social skills.
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