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Jada Young - Black Studies

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Jamie, Mary, and Maryana
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La Tasha Brown
Black Studies

Jada Young
Major: Black Studies
Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2013
Next Step: Master of Arts in Africana Studies, University at Albany

  • Editor-in-Chief, Fahari Libertad
  • Student Advisor, New Day Ensemble
  • Member, Liberal Education Committee
  • Former Vice President, Black Student Union
  • Former tutor, Tutoring Center

What has been your most fulfilling experience at New Paltz?
My most fulfilling experience at New Paltz was Black Solidarity Day 2012, because I played a large part in the event's execution. I feel that I did so fearlessly and I stepped out of my shell almost completely.

Why did New Paltz appeal to you, and why did you decide to go here?
At first, I applied here because I saw that the school offered an International Relations major (a major that was actually hard to come by when I searched for schools), and that appealed to me. I only ended up applying to SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Geneseo and was accepted to both, but thought New Paltz was a better option for me since it was closer to the city. And the rest is history.

What are three words you'd use to describe New Paltz?
Beautiful. Unique. Home.

Tell us about your experience with the Black Student Union.
I've been involved with BSU since my first year here. Most recently, I was the vice president, and through that position, I held, facilitated, and organized many different events on campus. The BSU at New Paltz has such an important place in my heart. It has helped me to grow and continue to learn and love. I will never forget the lessons I have learned from this school and the clubs and organizations this school offers. New Paltz changed me.

Have you learned anything in your classes that you can apply to your life outside of college?
I've learned how to own my voice, my story, my history, and my future, and doing so not only liberates me but also those around me. I learned to take what I learned in class and use it to change the lives of others. I've learned to love myself and to use myself to my full capacity.

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