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OADI Honors Award Recipient

Jennessa Perez

Jennessa Perez is receiving her award from a staff member.  She is holding a bouquet of flowers.

1. What has it meant to be recognized for an award and as a recipient?

As a Spring Transfer student, Being Recognized for The Marvin Jack Award meant my advocacy towards opportunity programs, low-income students, and underrepresented students was recognized on this campus. This award reflects hope for future generations regarding higher education and demonstrates that opportunity programs work. As a first-generation student, awards are not often handed in my household, so I am extremely honored to be able to bring an award home to my family. This award is not only a reflection of myself, but the effort and time HEOP/EOP and my family have put into me.

2. What advice do you have for incoming freshman or to future program students?

My advice for incoming first-year students and future program students is to stay close to a community or a person willing to invest in you and make space for your interests and passions. When you have a community that believes in you, you start believing in yourself and begin to grow.

3. What are your long-term goals for your career and life in general?

My long-term goal is to be a lawyer specializing in healthcare, immigration, or Native American Law. I also want to give back to my community in the Bronx and my home country, whether through advocacy for higher education or community service.

4. Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

One fun fact about me is that I grew up in the Dominican Republic.