John Jay has to a lot to offer but I have only engaged in a few things, and I hope to engage in many more activities throughout my college career.
During my second semester in John Jay I am proud to say that I contributed to The John Jay Sentinel which is the JJay newspaper. I wrote an article for my English 201 class on the student government election and my professor recommended me to meet with the one of the students on the newspaper club. I wasn’t going to talk to the student but he had asked who wrote about the student gov’t elections and that’s where it all began. I was asked to write a profile story on the newly elected Secretary who was Lisa Marie Williams. At first it was a bit frustrating to find the person I was going to interview and meeting the deadline for my article. English is not my favorite subject at all because I dislike to write, but at the end I got the task complete and I was really proud at myself. I do intend on writing for the newspaper again in the future or one day I might join the JJay Sentinel team.
I have also joined the National Honor Society for Freshmen which is known as Phi Eta Sigma. I applied for Phi Eta in the Spring 2011 and I encourage all freshmen to do the same thing after their first semester. To apply you have to have a 3.5 G.P.A and 15 credits. If you don’t meet those requirements you can always apply when you have meet those requirements as a freshmen because its based solely on your freshmen year. After I was admitted to Phi Eta Sigma I attended their Pot Of Luck event which is where everyone brought in food which represented their culture and they also played games. It was a lot of fun interacting with other members on the honor society, I was able to learn a lot about each individual and ask them questions on their college career at John Jay. I have also applied for the Honors Program at JJay. I did get into the program, however, after going to the honors class for 8 weeks I realized that this program was definitely not for me. So I dropped out, but if anyone wants to apply for the honor program I wish you all the best, because it is a great opportunity.
I have also visited the community outreach department at jjay. Jenny was a peer mentor and I, and we went to make Surgi Dolls. A surgi doll are dolls that people make which are then sent to hospitals for children to have. I enjoyed making the Surgi dolls, and I loved the motive behind making the dolls. I sewed only one doll but even though it was one doll, I took a lot of pride making that doll because I knew I was doing it for a great cause. At the time my brother was in the hospital, when I went to visit him he had just finish dressing a Surgi Doll. He was so happy making that doll. Seeing him so happy made me realize someone made my brother happy by stitching that doll for him, and soon I will be able to make someone else little brother and sister just as happy.
Lastly, how could I forget I am a FYE Peer Mentor!!! This is the most amazing job I have ever had. I have such a great time being a mentor and I only could imagine how much better it will get. What a FYE Peer Mentor is, is we help freshmen with the transition from high school to college, to make sure you excel in every way academically. So pretty much it is like helping you take your first baby steps through college. Working one on one with students will be really awesome because, I remember when I started college I was alone and it was really hard and I refused to make friends. I think knowing that your coming into college and you have someone to turn to if you ever need help is really awesome!!!! So please do not be afraid to ask questions, I am here to help answer them for you!!!! You can always contact me through my John Jay email, red rover, and blog if you have to. You can always stop my room 100W at the Westport (56th street and 10th Ave) and ask for me there!!
As I previously mentioned I have not been so active in many of John Jay’s activities but I do hope to engage in many more activities and I encourage you guys to do the same thing too. When you get involved in activities on the campus it makes your college career twenty times better.