Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

Angelitta Britt

Posted: April 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Where are you from?
Chesapeake, VA
Where are you currently?
Lafayette, IN
What year did you graduate?
2008
What was your major?
Applied Mathematics
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Applied Statistics, M.S., Purdue University (Expected 2011)
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Graduate Student
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a full academic 4 year scholarship that covers all expenses (room & board, fees & tuition, & book allowance). It is a rigorous program geared towards students pursuing a degree in one of the the STEM fields. Recipients of this prestigious scholarship are active members in their community, positive role models amongst their peers, and have demonstrated academic excellence. Once admitted into the program you are required to mentor, tutor, volunteer, participate in summer internships, and excel in your coursework.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
It put me in a community amongst individuals with similar goals and mindsets and positioned me in an optimal networking environment. It provided me with the exposure, opportunities, and resources necessary to enhance myself academically, professionally, socially, and personally. Everything that I needed to be successful was always within reach. I was given mentors (faculty, staff, and upperclassmen) to assist in my growth and I was provided with information to excel and expand outside of NSU (weekly seminars & talks).
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
It taught me that good enough is not satisfactory and beyond better there’s always best. DNIMAS showed me how to set goals and never give up on what you want. I learned to embrace my strengths and how to use and overcome my weakness. Through the program I realized my potential, learned to optimize my time and strategize, and most importantly how to accept failure and use setbacks as stepping stones to main goals.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
Mentoring, Tutoring, Math Club, DNIMAS Student Association, STARS, research, and GRACE Campus Ministries.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
One was during my senior year when a group of us went out to the Beach. We had the time of our lives. Also, I always enjoyed celebrating birthdays and holidays with my peers. We always tried to make them extra special since most of them were away from home. I cannot reveal the madness that occurred.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Although being placed in a prestigious learning environment with individuals pursuing similar goals to you is a plus, it sometimes is also a downfall. Sometimes you don’t get the chance to get the full college experience because you are always grouped together. You have to constantly strive to stand out and to expose yourself to the various other opportunities that are available around campus. It keeps you focused, but it can also make you isolated. Be sure to step outside of your comfort zone but to remember to prioritize.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
Without the mentoring and opportunities provided to me through DNIMAS I would not be as successful, focused, driven, and ahead as I am.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Everyday. I have created an abundance of life-long friends through the program.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Never give up. Work hard and when you think you can’t work anymore…..work harder. Acknowledge and utilize the wealth of resources, opportunities, and diversity placed right in front of you. Don’t take it for granted. Open your minds to think outside the box. Nothing is impossible. Listen to your mentors and faculty advisors. Take heed to correction and suggestions to improve. & most importantly, reach back and help someone else.

Cheree Armstrong

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Where are you from?
Chesapeake, VA
Where are you currently?
Chesapeake, VA
What year did you graduate?
2008
What was your major?
Optical Engineering
Do you have any advanced degrees?
No
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
Nuclear Engineering at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a program that encourages success amongst is students.  It provides the resources and support necessary to successfully complete a degree in a major in the field of science and technology.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
It provided me with a solid foundation and work ethic to succeed in the field of engineering.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS gave me the confidence to know that I have the ability to achieve anything that I pursue in life.  It also afforded me the opportunity to network with professional graduates of the DNIMAS program.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
While in college I tutored in the ACCESS tutorial center and participated in various organizational programs.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
Hanging out and spending time with my classmates.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
Nothing :)
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would not have developed into the well rounded individual that I am today.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Maintain a good work ethic and a good relationship with professors and classmates.

Akia Scruggs

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Where are you from?
Columbus, Ohio
Where are you currently?
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
What year did you graduate?
2009
What was your major?
Chemistry:Pre-Med
Do you have any advanced degrees?
Not yet…a work in progress
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
I am a first-year PhD student at Louisiana State University in the Kinesiology Department
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a program that nurtures your educational development. It does not require anything from you that you would or should not otherwise expect from yourself. The program is what you make of it; you reap what you invest.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
DNIMAS also increased my mental and spiritual maturity, helped me learn more about myself and my intellectual capacity. I had to learn how to budget my funds to wash clothes, get groceries, etc. so that I can now handle living in graduate housing/an apartment. DNIMAS also gave me the opportunity to give back to my community through the mentorship/community service requirements.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
I tried to come into DNIMAS with an open mind and was willing to work hard. From that investment, I gained the following professionally: better networking skills, five internships in four years, how to present scientific posters, and how to present scientific research to a diverse audience.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I was a part of the Pre-med Society, Chemistry Club, American Chemical Society NSU student Affiliate chapter, and Beta Kappa Chi.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
I have a few. Ashley Davison screaming “DNIMAAAAAAA!!!” whenever she saw one of us DNIMIANS anywhere oncampus. The “D-Unit” and “UrpLaFamilia” that formed my freshman and sophomore year. My third favorite memory is learning calculus with Clifford Denize in Lee Smith’s lobby. Good times. He definitely helped me believe in myself mathematically; best guy friend ever.
My last great DNIMAS memory had to be freshman guys playing cards 24/7 in the lobby or 24-hour room.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
DNIMAS is a family for those who want it to be; not everyone wanted to be “family”. My class was very cliquey.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
First, I might have more loans. Second, I would not be the person I am today; I am a better version of myself.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes, I still talk to my bestie, Ms. Ariel James, and keep in contact with others via Facebook mostly.
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Cherish all your time in DNIMAS. Go to all the study sessions and STARS; get all the tutoring you can get; ask the upperclassmen for advice. Sit in or at least close to the front of the class in every class; do not fall asleep in class. Give everyday your all and do not cheat on anything. If you do not take DNIMAS seriously, who will take you seriously….think about it. This is the best ticket; trust me. Everyone I know who were DNIMAS and did not make it regretted it; do not let that person be you.

Doreen Onipede Jackson

Posted: April 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: students | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Where are you from?
Fuquay Varina, NC
Where are you currently?
Bethesda, MD
What year did you graduate?
2009
What was your major?
Chemistry:Pre-Med
Do you have any advanced degrees?
No
What are you currently doing (professionally)?
I am currently in the United States Air Force obtaining my medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).
How would you describe DNIMAS to someone who doesn’t know about the program?
DNIMAS is a full-ride scholarship program that grants an opportunity for students to obtain their Bachelor’s degree.  This program is for those interested in pursuing a degree in the Sciences. Not only does this program provide a great educational program for young students, it also provides a family atmosphere that is conducive for young students to succeed at the university level.
How did DNIMAS help you get to where you are?
The staff of DNIMAS and the upperclassmen who served as my mentors encouraged me to participate in summer internships.  These experiences helped me to set future career goals. Guidance from the DNIMAS staff and other DNIMAS alumni also helped in develop a path which would help me to achieve my goals.
How did DNIMAS help you non academically/professionally?
DNIMAS aided in creating a network of scholars.
What activities did you participate in when you weren’t studying?
I pledged Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  I was also a member of the American Association of University Women(AAUW), Student Ambassadors. I also tutored in the STARS and ACCESS tutoring programs, mentored in the DNIMAS program.
What was your favorite DNIMAS memory?
My favorite DNIMAS memory occurred during my Junior year. I was having a very hard semester and was considering dropping a course in order to maintain my scholarship.  If it was not for the DNIMAS  staff who continued to encourage me and and push me to finish out the semester, I would not have graduated with my scholarship. I will forever be indebted to those who encouraged me to fight through hard times in order to enjoy the the good one afterwards.
What did you least like about DNIMAS?
I do not think that this program instills enough pride into its students.  Many students who feel empowered by being a part of DNIMAS gained this from seeing other students who showed them the prestige associated with it.
What do you think would be different about your life if you weren’t in DNIMAS?
I would be in a lot of debt, and would not have a network of friends that could continue to support me throughout my future endeavors.
Do you still keep in contact with people from DNIMAS?
Yes
What advice could you pass on to current DNIMAS scholars?
Reach for the moon and you will land among the stars. Have pride in knowing that you are a DNIMAS scholar.

Reach for the moon and you will land among the stars. Have pride in knowing that you are a DNIMAS scholar.