Hello. My name is Jennifer DeJesus. I am currently finishing my undergraduate studies at Pace University with a major in Sociology/Anthropology and a minor in East Asian Studies through the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.
I am the recipient of the Sister Loretta Carey Full Tuition Pace University Scholarship, which is rewarded each year to one student from my high school who places in the top 15% of the graduating class and exhibits great academic achievement and drive. In my first semester at Pace, I was invited to become a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, The National Honor Society for First Year Students. Membership into this honor society is offered to first year students with a 3.5 GPA or higher and in the top 20% of their class. Last semester, I was proud to be invited into Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success, which recognizes students with high academic success and great leadership potential. Furthermore, I have earned Dean’s List First honor for all the semesters I have thus completed at Pace. Over the summer of 2014, I had the pleasure of working alongside Pace Professor Andrea Voyer to conduct a research study on the social approval and disapproval of interracial couples through Pace University’s Provost Student-Faculty Summer Research Program (read more here). I had the honor of presenting this research at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society as well as the Annual Meeting of the Society of Fellows of Dyson College.
I have various volunteer experience, such as at the Providence Rest Child Care Center and the Throgs Neck Medical and Rehab Facility, which I am very grateful for having the opportunity to learn and grow from. I have also participated in numerous food drives and am an New York Cares volunteer and blood donor (you can read more about my experiences here).
I wish to live a life where I can work towards helping others and improving lives on a daily basis and hold a passion for working with youth, which is what has led me to want to pursue a career in special education. After graduation, I plan to continue my education and work towards attaining a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education with hopes in working in early intervention.
Career wise, I have not always known what I wanted to do in life and it has been a long journey consisting of much soul searching and self-evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. At times I felt discouraged, but it was all well worth it because now I am confident with my decision and more eager than ever to begin down the path to becoming a special educator. I welcome the future and all that it has in store for me.
“The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.” ― R.J. Palacio, Wonder
“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” ― Saint Augustine
“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” ―Unknown
“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” ― Chinese proverb
Top 10 Places I’d Love to Visit
|Favorite Books (in no particular order)
|1.Seoul, South Korea||The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini|
|2. Oahu, Hawaii||In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez|
|3. Venice, Italy||The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald|
|4. Tokyo, Japan||The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams|
|5. Fiji Islands||The Hunger Games (trilogy) by Susan Collins|
|6. London, England||Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen|
|7. Sydney, Australia||Wonder by R.J. Palacio|
|8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton|
|9. Alaska||Divergent (series) by Veronica Roth|
|10. Toronto, Canada|