JuJu chose Guilford after a prospective student tour — but not her tour. As a freshman in high school, Guilford’s open-minded and unique student population resonated with her during a campus visit to see her cousin Fernando Cruz ’11, who is now Lead Podiatry Resident at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.
"There was a girl wearing a tutu and glasses and she had a boombox, and there was a guy who also had glasses and was carrying an inflatable palm tree with Christmas lights on it,” she says. “I remember thinking ‘Oh, I like that !’” JuJu says freedom and “the ability to move freely and to be free and to express yourself freely” are both important to her because she believes not everyone is given freedoms in their everyday lives — it’s a gift we must cherish.
After graduation, JuJu will be accompanying a faculty-led group of students to study Quaker Peace Building in Post-Conflict Rwanda. Upon returning to the U.S., she says, she looks forward to continuing work with organizations here and abroad, doing socially conscious work.
Interested in Community and Justice Studies? Want to make a difference in your area? Schedule a visit to Guilford to learn how you can make an impact.