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“My dream is to move to Texas. I wear this necklace every day to remind myself of where I started and where I want to end up.” 

“After graduation I want to act, and I’ll do whatever it takes. My dream role is to be the first black Spider-Man in a Marvel movie. But when I do it, I have to be the best. So once I’m cast as Spider-Man, there’s no point in making another one, unless it’s a sequel starring me.”

“I’m proudest of my relationship with my siblings. I’m a triplet. My sister goes here too. Having her here has really helped me a lot. Her friends are my friends, so it’s made me a lot less scared of the whole college process.”

“I believe that what goes around comes around. I want to pass on the mentorship that put me in a better place. I learned to always be willing to teach people, help people, and guide people.”

“My biggest triumphs and failures have been at William Paterson. Straight out of undergrad I was denied for a Ph.D. program. After that, I asked myself ‘Is this something you really want to do?’. The answer was yes. I reevaluated myself and reapplied two years later to the exact same program, and it was the only one I applied to. I got in.”

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“You should never let the fact that you’re LGBTQ+ stop you from trying a new experience. You can love a sport or be a part of a certain club while finding your place with your sexuality. They go hand in hand. If you let the fear stop you, it will stay with you for life. You’ll always think ‘If I took that chance, where would I be now?’”

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“I feel like the organizations on campus have benefitted me because I feel empowered, I feel strong, and I feel like I have a support group that I could go to if I ever felt discriminated against for being who I am. Luckily, this seems to be a very progressive and accepting campus, and most people are super accepting to everyone for who they are.” 

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“I’d say something that’s very important to me is maintaining the friendships that I’ve built here. The people I’ve met here have been amazing so far, and I can tell that they’re life-long friends.”

“The Feminist Collective helped me find who I am as a person, and how to be more comfortable with talking about that. I think that because it’s such a safe space, it’s allowed me to be more open in discussing my sexuality. I feel safe enough to talk about it and know that they’re all there to support me.”

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“I’m constantly thinking. There’s not a minute where I’m not thinking or trying to stay productive. If I experience something or get inspired by something, I write it down. My yellow notebook does not leave my side.”

“I’m proudest of being the first person in my family to graduate from college. I just wish my great grandmother could have seen it. When I went to get my diploma, I wore her rosary around my hand. So in a way, she was there when I received it.”

“I actually was in Kissimmee, Florida during the Orlando shooting. As a woman in music, a Puerto Rican, and an LGBTQ-identifying person, I felt like my whole identity was attacked that weekend. I was there experiencing all this tension and heartbreak, and it was this whole thing of ‘I need to get out of here.’ So I got on a plane and came back to William Paterson, just in time for the Orlando tribute we had on the lawn. It was kind of perfect that it worked out that way.”

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“When I transferred here, my friend convinced me to join SABLE. Originally, I wasn’t going to join because I’m really shy, but I’m glad I did because it helped me come out of my shell. We talk about what we’re proud of, like the community service we do. We also talk about how we can improve ourselves. We lift each other up.”

“My passion is to continue to be the best version of myself. That’s why I left the job I had for about six years in Nigeria to come back to school here. It was a crazy move to most people, they looked at me like ‘are you crazy? what are you going back to school for?.’ I think that your mind and your body tell you when something is the right move. I knew that this was the right time to take this opportunity, so I took it.”

“Whenever I’m stressed I look towards my family. They always say, ‘we know you’re going to great things one day.’ Having that reassurance means a lot to me because my family’s support is really my backbone.”

“As someone who cannot be queer with everyone I love, I know that it still doesn’t take away from my queerness. I’m still existent. I would hope that everyone who feels alone behind that door knows that if it gets hard, its going to be okay. I want them to know that they are made in love, they are made in light, and just them breathing is a living piece of art.”

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“Looking at how far I’ve come with my mental health is what I’m most proud of. I’m doing everything I want to do while still giving myself downtime.”

“I transferred here from a school in North Carolina. When I was there, I was eight hours away from my mother. I was absolutely miserable. But after I transferred here, I went home for winter break and my mother said ‘I can tell you love it, you seem so much happier.’”

“I used to be a dancer back in Ecuador. I feel very passionate about dancing, and about art in general. I feel like as an artist, or as a person even a little bit passionate about art, you see the world differently.”