SAMbassador: Jaila

High school: Stratford High School

Major/minor: Criminal Justice 

Class of: 2019

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

Hobbies & interests: I love to play sports, dance, sing, drawing and spoken word. I also enjoy cooking, listening to music and watching movies

Campus involvement/organizations: I am the Public Relations Chair of Alpha Lambda Delta, Parliamentarian of Music Nation, Fellowship Chair of the Wesley Foundation, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and National Society of Leadership and Success. I am also a part time tutor on campus.

Favorite place to eat in Huntsville: Yummy Yummy !

Favorite spot on campus: Paw Print. There are people and food therefore I am a happy girl!

Most memorable SHSU experience: Performing at Pure Spoken Luxury (a poetry showcase) .

Favorite SHSU tradition: Battle of Piney Woods  

Favorite class taken at SHSU: Public Speaking 

Favorite professor: Professor Kristi Johnson

One thing you can't leave home without: My earbuds. I don't need coffee but I need my music. 

Why did you choose SHSU?: The Criminal Justice Program at Sam Houston was #1 in Texas and top 5 in the nation. I felt SHSU’s program would best prepare me. The campus is also small enough for me to network but large enough for me to be involved in a variety of things.

One of the ways I show Bearkat pride is by: I recently noticed that I’m sporting at least one piece SHSU gear everyday. I just can’t help it 

What has surprised you most about yourself since you came to SHSU?: SHSU helped me try things that I would have never tried before. I loved sports but I never thought I’d start playing coed football in the intramural league and I’ve never been really girly but I was able to participate and compete in a pageant.

What advice would you give incoming students?: As far as advice goes, it is very important to ask for help when you need it. It’s a great idea to get involved and try things that you have never tried before. Lastly but most importantly, manage time and don’t procrastinate.

One fun/random fact about you: Sometimes when I finish all my homework for the week, I reward myself by eating chicken and watching Hairspray in a footed onesie

After I graduate from SHSU, I hope to: Join the police force and eventually become a profiler at a federal level.

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