Humans of John Jay

Humans of John Jay

Express to Excellence: Scott Miller, Salutatorian

Major: Criminal Justice and Public Administration Hometown: Williston Park, Nassau County

Scott Miller was overwhelmed when he was named salutatorian, not only because it signified a major accomplishment in his life. It was also a way of honoring his grandfather, who was once named salutatorian too. “My grandfather was the salutatorian… [more]

Acing Academics: Veronika Lizarov, Valedictorian

Major: Forensic PsychologyMinors: Music and Africana StudiesHometown: Brooklyn, New York

When Veronika Lizarov got the phone call that she was the 2018 John Jay Valedictorian, her family was excited, but not totally surprised. “My family was really happy, but they kind of expected it. They laughed and said,… [more]

Laying Down The Law: Magdalena Oropeza, Class of 2018

Major: Criminology and LLSHometown: Sunnyside, Queens

When Magdalena Oropeza was just four years old, she came home from a school career day and announced to her mother that she was going to be a lawyer. “I’m turning 22, and the dream is still there,” says Oropeza. When she was… [more]

Going Green: Abidur Rahman, Class of 2018

Major: Law and SocietyMinor: Environmental JusticeHometown: South Ozone Park, Queens 

Abidur Rahman didn’t expect to be graduating early when he enrolled at John Jay three years ago, but in the summer before his freshman year, he received a postcard about a new program called ACE and decided to apply. “It… [more]

Fighting Fraud: Monica Zambrano Saquicela, Class of 2018

Major: MPA in Inspection and OversightHometown: Elmhurst, Queens

Monica Zambrano Saquicela has always been ahead of the game. When she arrived to John Jay as a transfer student, she immediately started taking graduate level classes through a combined Baccalaureate/Master’s degree program, and now, she’s graduating with an MPA in Inspection and… [more]

Student Today, Professor Tomorrow: Thuy Nguyen, Class of 2018

Major: PsychologyHometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania The mission of John Jay is to educate for justice, and sometimes, it's the students who become the educators themselves. That's what Thuy Nguyen, who majors in Psychology, will do after completing a fully-funded Ph.D. program in School Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities,… [more]

Líder de Lenguaje: Genesis Gonzalez, Class of 2018

Major: Criminology Minor: Psychology and Dispute ResolutionsHometown: Elm Park, Staten Island

As a high school senior, Genesis Gonzalez only applied to two colleges, and she was thrilled when she was accepted to John Jay as part of the APPLE Corps program, which helped her navigate the tricky transition to college life. Thanks… [more]

All in the Family: Briana Merritt, Class of 2018

Major: Law and SocietyHometown: Brewster, New York

Briana Merritt’s family has strong connections to both John Jay and the New York Police Department. Her father is a retired NYPD lieutenant colonel, and he’s now an adjunct professor at John Jay. Her mother was a dispatcher for the NYPD. And her sister,… [more]

Living up to a Legacy: Joseph Gregory, Class of 2018

Major: Criminal JusticeHometown: Griswold, Connecticut

Joe Gregory’s passion for justice is something that runs in the family. His grandfather and namesake, Joe Persichilli, went to John Jay back when it was still called the College of Police Science. “I know the history of the school because my grandfather told me about… [more]

STEM Superstar: Lisset Duran, Class of 2018

Major: Cellular and Molecular BiologyHometown: Corona, Queens

When Macaulay Honors student Lisset Duran first enrolled at John Jay, she thought she would major in Forensic Science, until she discovered the Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM). Inspired by PRISM’s close-knit community of STEM students and the opportunity to… [more]