JFEW Scholar Druzell Smith recently graduated from SUNY Geneseo! Druzell says that her experiences at Geneseo completely pushed her out of her comfort zone because she was so far away from home. She says of her experience, "College was a completely different ball game; every class, professor, and semester brought a new and different challenge. If there was one thing I wish I knew [freshman year] it would be that the people around you could be your biggest support. Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors and get advice from them. Talk to your peers and see what they are doing to be successful. Get help if needed and if and when you fall just remember that the most important thing is to get up dust yourself off and keep going."
Druzell says that her most proud accomplishment while at Geneseo was starting the Give Back Book Drive on campus. She had the idea for the book drive her Junior year after realizing how many old textbooks she still had that were in good shape. She realized that if she created a place where people could donate their old books for future students to utilize she could greatly help fellow students and peers who might struggle to afford their textbooks each semester. She says, "The program was one of my most meaningful accomplishments because there were times when I struggled to obtain my textbooks. I am happy that I was able to do something that would help people for years to come. My advice would be to try and make a difference, whether big or small do something that will help those around you."
Druzell, you are an inspiration to us all!