Michael Ashton

Determination: A Profile of Nivea Jackson

In Features on December 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm


As a Crown Heights, Brooklyn transplant settling in Long Island, New York for the next four years at SUNY Old Westbury, Nivea Jackson is enjoying herself and her new surroundings. “Brooklyn is dirty. I don’t like it. In Long Island, you can smell the fresh air and the difference. It’s more my speed. I want to live out here in the future.” Her eyes wander around the Campus Center building before settling upon a group of students walking up a flight of stairs. She doesn’t usually “click with females” but she finds herself easily relatable. The proof is evident by her infectious personality and engaging conversational skills.

Nivea Jackson is majoring in Psychology at SUNY Old Westbury as a backup for pursuit of success in the Mortuary Science industry. She currently has notched three mortuary internships and definitely plans to add more to her impressive history. She tends to keep to herself, but is fascinated by observing human behavior; how they operate and think. She admits that she is the second in her family to go to college. One would imagine that she would feel a certain level of pressure? “Nah, not at all. I’m determined”, she quips, exuding a quiet confidence that matches her statement.

After the death of her mother at age one and not having contact with her father, Nivea went through a series of failed adoptions before becoming a ward of the state of New York. While this may be seen as an extra hurdle to some, Nivea has added that to her will to succeed. “It just makes me that much more focused. When it comes to me, there can’t be any excuses for failure.”

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