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Jada Jones

Elizabeth City State University junior, Jada Jones, says her favorite place on campus is the Jimmy R. Jenkins Science Center, and that’s appropriate for the biology major who is concentrating in pre-dental. 
A Portsmouth, Virginia native, Ms. Jones has her eye on becoming a pediatric dentist. 
“When I graduate from my beloved ECSU in May of 2023, I plan to continue my education towards a master’s degree and move on towards dental school to start my lifelong dream of being a pediatric dentist,” she says. 
During her senior year of high school, Ms. Jones says she was indecisive about her school plans. She wasn’t sure which university she would attend to earn her bachelor’s degree. 
“I applied and was accepted into several schools,” said Ms. Jones. “Everyday, I looked at the pros and the cons of each school that I was accepted into, and I finally decided on ECSU after seeing how welcoming and close knit of a community of the school is after attending orientation.”
That was in 2019 and Ms. Jones says that, at first, college life was not an “easy ride.” 
“I’ve had my ups and downs of finding myself and my niche here,” she said. “After two years, I was able to finally find my passion in school, school activities, as a member of Royal Court representing as their Miss Junior and president of the ECSU collegiate section of the National Council of Negro Women, as well as volunteering at different campus and community events.”
Ms. Jones says, based upon her experience, she would recommend that incoming freshmen and transfer students take a good look at the organizations and clubs on campus, active and inactive. In doing so, she says people will meet a variety of personalities and they will, “eventually find the one that matches you perfectly.”
“Network and meet as many people as possible on campus because they will help you in the long-run,” says Ms. Jones.
She says that the biggest highlights for her have been the connections and relationships she has built since coming to ECSU. 
“I’ve enjoyed being able to walk up to a person or into a room and having a genuine conversation with a smile on both of our faces,” she says. 
To the younger students, Ms. Jones says don’t be afraid to be “your authentic self,” and don’t be afraid to take risks. 
“These are your dreams and goals that you’re doing for yourself, and no one else,” she said.