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Student Profile: Destiny Henry, '18, Communication

Morristown, N.J. (September 21, 2016) – There is an interesting secret about Destiny Henry that few know – she does not own a computer.

"When my computer broke, I opted not to replace it," she explains. "I have found that I can live very well without it, and I spend much less time isolated from the rest of the community."

This sums up Destiny's philosophy of life – getting out there and getting involved. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is in her third year at CSE, beginning as a theology major and switching to communication. She is president of the dance club, vice president of the Residence Hall Council, a student leader for the Around the World series, and diversity delegate and founding member of the Diversity Club. She is also an honors student and belongs to the foreign language honors society (Phi Sigma Iota). When she needs to relax, Destiny sits down at the piano, one of five musical instruments she can play.

Her whole life is one of being involved. A life-long Girl Scout, Destiny received the Gold Award in 2012. The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. She created a block association in her neighborhood to bring the community together.

"The members of the city council attended our block party," she explains. "Today, not only do they all know one another, but the residents of the block look out for one another."

Her troop, dubbed the Super Troop, have been taking trips abroad for several years.

"I have been to Italy, England, France, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Spain, and Portugal," she says.

The troop is planning a trip to Australia and New Zealand via Hawaii in 2019.

This past summer, she interned in Black Girls Rock, an organization in which she participated as a young girl. The Brooklyn-based, year-round program introduces young women to the world of the arts and broadcasting through learning to deejay. During the summer, young women from all over the world descend upon Columbia University for an intense program.

"I go to the Black Girls Rock awards event every year," Destiny recalls. "There is so much positive energy."

This group is supported by some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, such as Rihanna and Brandy.

Destiny graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. She had not heard of CSE, but her mother encouraged her to apply so she could live in a "different world" which was New Jersey. CSE was the first college to which she applied after receiving an email for a free application.

"I love it here," she says. "It is small and personal and the professors all know your name."

The fact that she does not have a computer has not hindered her at all.

"My happy place is the computer lab in Santa Maria Hall," she explains. "Not having a computer has made me a more diligent student and has forced me to get out of my room. I am on the dean's list and an honors student, so having a computer would not necessarily improve my grades."

"Be the change you want to see in the world," she concludes, paraphrasing the famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi. "I would like to inspire others to get involved and enjoy college to the fullest."

Her other favorite quote is: "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever did."

Destiny dreams big and doubts rarely.

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