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Student Profile: Jonadad Fequiere, '17, Communication

Morristown, N.J. (March 29, 2016) – Communication and business major Jonadad Fequiere, '17, meshes her outside creativity with her in-class work as she pursues her dream of becoming a public relations (PR) professional.

"Things I do in the classroom and things I do for fun come together," Jonadad said. "The major helps me do what I like to do better."

The Irvington, N.J. resident described the communication major as exciting, creative and personal.

"The best aspects of the major are the opportunities and the professors. The professors are open to my ideas; they encourage me and give me outlets to express my creative side."

In her Visual Storytelling class, for example, Jonadad learned how to piece together video clips using iMovie. For her final project in the course, she interviewed CSE students on their perspectives of love and womanhood to create her documentary, Spontaneity.

The communication major has made Jonadad a better writer, presenter and, overall, better communicator. She even refined her presence on social media through what she learned in the classroom. Jonadad uses multiple social media platforms, with heavy presences on Instagram and Snapchat. Follow her on Instagram: elegantvibes_.

CSE's dynamic learning environment provides Jonadad with the tools she needs to grow along with the attention she wanted while seeking a college. She attended Bard High School Early College in Newark.

"I came from a small high school, and I looked for a college with the same close-knit environment," Jonadad said. "I knew I had a chance to shine at CSE."

And shine she does. Her communication major not only refines her talents, but also enhances her social involvement on campus. She is a Community Assistant, Residence Hall Council (RHC) Executive, Education Opportunity Fund (EOF) member, Black History Month Chair and host for a number of on-campus programs, like Speed Friending and Coffee House.

As Jonadad continues her academic career at CSE, she is comforted in knowing that she is never alone. "My advisors, professors and friends are looking out for me."

Jonadad acknowledges she still has more to learn, but she is excited for future opportunities within the major, like internship positions in PR, marketing or social media. Specifically, she would like to intern for a non-profit or for the Internet media company, Buzzfeed, in New York City. She is also working on becoming a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

Jonadad's interests in communications are as dynamic and ever-growing as the field.

"That's what so great about the major," she explained. "It's opened my eyes to things I never thought I could do; it exposed me to aspects of communication I grew to love."

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