My name is Alexis Hiralall. I am a Junior at John Jay College studying Forensic Psychology and minoring in Counseling. At first I wanted to attend John Jay for their Forensic Science program but, I realized how hard it was and immediately changed my major. I love my major even though it was not what I intended to do but its better than nothing. My dream is to work in a morgue and become a medical examiner so I can preform autopsies. I am even considering opening my own funeral home, call me crazy but it is my passion!
I was born on November 3rd, 1993 making me 18 !! I was raised in South Richmond Hill, Queens my entire life. I have an eleven year old brother named Alex and he will be soon starting his middle school career. Just like every little brother he is a pain in my butt and like always my mom always sticks up for him because he is quote on quote the baby.
I am a very jolly person and when I say jolly I really mean jolly. I am outgoing, friendly and I am always smiling no matter what. I was always trapped in my house now, that I am in college I have gained a little bit of freedom and ever since I dislike being home. I have a crazed obsession with the color BLUE! I really don’t know how it happened but everything for me has to be blue!! I also love Eeyore he is the cutest donkey I have ever seen!! I also love the park so I can go on the swings!! I recently started shopping all the time and I found it weird how entertaining it can be. I always had a negative attitude towards shopping because it was too much of a “girly” thing. I also have the tendency to scream half way down a hallway for a person or across a street! I love exploring the city and looking for new places to eat,shop, hang out, or even study. I love to listen to music especially music associated with my culture, I’ve adapted a word from my friend which he would like to call it “cultural appreciation.” I live for my family and that’s a fact!!!
And if you run out of things to give them for Christmas do what I did and put a bow on your head and sit under the tree.. Shoot I believe I was the best darn gift they got for Christmas since my birth !
I currently work with First Year Experience as a Peer Mentor. The Office Of First Year Experience is in the Westport also known as the “W Building” which is located on 10th Ave and 56th street room 100W. The office is open from Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am to 5pm. FYE also promotes using John Jay Student Connect ( http://jjaycuny.redroverhq.com ), where you can meet other students who attends John Jay that share the same interest as you. Also, you can find us on Facebook and like our page ( http://www.facebook.com/JJayFYE ). Being a Peer Mentor has been such a great experience for me. I adore the people that I work with and I know you will too. FYE has become a second family to me and I love their support,enthusiasm, and their diverse personalities. Becoming a Peer Mentor means that my job is closely oriented to help incoming freshmen excel with their first semester academic career. I wish I knew what FYE was when I entered John Jay because personally I believe FYE is such a great program for freshmen to associate themselves with when they enter John Jay because they will be able to lend a helping hand.
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success” – Dale Carnegie
College can be a bit overwhelming at times and can get immensely frustrating. Once you can prioritize and manage your time well you will be fine. When I first started John Jay I felt as if I wasn’t going to succeed at all. I always thought since high school was so easy, college can’t be as bad as everyone says it is. Boy was I wrong! I was so miserable my first semester and I did not know how important studying was, how much help it is to ask for extra help, and how quickly my social life diminished. At one point in time I was going to just give up on everything and contribute to the college drop out rate but, I had great friends to help me through the hard times that I had. Its important to do your work but its also important to have time for yourself too. I always had my head in a book that when it was time to relax I didn’t know how to because I was always stressing out about something. Its a good thing to find friends that can encourage you to continue to strive for the best and, by becoming a peer mentor I use my past experiences to help you guys because I know how difficult college life can be at times especially when your a freshmen.
I’ve used this quote in an essay that I wrote for my honors application and I can’t help but to agree with every aspect of it and so did the professors interviewing me.
“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success” – Swami Sivananda
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