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Jahi McDonald

From struggle to freedom and a fantastic college experience 

Jahi McDonald

Jahi McDonald

School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Emergency Assistance Scholarship

Class of 2020: Major and Minor: Communications with a minor in Labor Studies



How did you decide on your major?

Originally I was on the journalism track but due to some errors in scheduling my classes I ended up picking communications which was my second choice.

What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?

I love talking and sharing knowledge between people. People have so much knowledge based off of experiences and our culture that is begging to be shared to better one another. I also have a deep passion for writing which is a major part of getting a communications degree.

What are your plans following graduation?

My plans are to join the workforce either in the field of PR or in the field of journalism as I still have a deep soft spot for the craft.

What are your dreams and aspirations?

My dreams are to be able to support myself and my family for as long as I am here and to leave behind a legacy long after I pass that my future family can be proud of.

What challenges or barriers did you feel were between you and your goals?


How did this scholarship transform your educational experience?

It finally gave me stability that I haven’t had since I began my college career.

What did this scholarship make possible?

I was granted peace of mind without me having to worry about how I was going to pay for tuition for that semester or how I was going to register for the classes I needed to take on time.

What was it like the moment you found out you had the scholarship?

I was extremely excited and thankful when I found out I was awarded this scholarship because I felt as though my entire time in college I struggled to put my best foot forward because of financial constraints.

What did that mean to you?

Freedom to be the best I could be and do the best I could do.

What does that allow you to do that you wouldn’t have been able to do?

Focus entirely on my studies and not have to worry about whether or not the work I put in for my classes will end up transferring into credits because of payment issues.

What would you like to say to the donor?

Thank you for giving me the chance to have the college experience that others who are in a better financial position are able to have.

What has Rutgers made possible for you?

Given me a fantastic college experience and has allowed me to grow into a more well-rounded young adult.

What is your favorite thing about Rutgers?

The student body is wonderful and quite diverse. I enjoy being able to talk to people about their different experiences culturally and about their time at the university. I can honestly say I’ve made lifelong friends who have helped expand my view of the world.