Profiles of Excellence, in their own words...

Akia Scruggs

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