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One in a Million: Writing Her Life Story

ExpandED Schools

We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Jada, an 8th grader in the Bronx. She’s 1 in a million! 


“I’m a cheerleader. My team and I went to cheer camp in the summer. We won eight gold ribbons; that was the highest. One of our cheerleaders was a finalist in a jump contest; another was third place in stunt contest. Myself, I got chosen to be for the All American Cheerleading Team. I could go to Philly and be in a Thanksgiving Day parade. But I turned it down because my team got picked to go to Florida and perform at the Citrus Bowl. I wanted that experience of traveling, and to be with my team and know that they were there with me.

I was so excited to go, I could barely breathe. We talked about it every single day. When we got on that plane, I felt like I was dreaming. I was like, 'Can someone wake me up?' We got to the hotel and all I could do was go over the routine with my friends and make sure every move was sharp and tight.

Our team gets along so well. There’s no fighting. We’re one big happy family. If one person messes up, we all mess up and take the blame for it. If one person feels down, we all feel down. We have a connection that I can’t describe.

When I grow up, I’d love to write my own book. I love to read. Especially books that are very interesting and moving. I like reading romance, mythology, historical fiction. I’ve always wanted to write an autobiography because I feel like I’ll find myself. My story is not that big. I can’t say that my life is horrible. I have everything I desire. A roof over my head, shoes on my feet, I have food in my stomach. But writing about how I feel, my inner thoughts, stuff I tell nobody … if I wrote that, it would show people a different side of me. I want to study journalism in college.

My best advice to others is don’t give up on your dreams. If people push you down, don’t stay on the floor. Get up and make yourself confident and feel comfortable in your own body and do as you please. Relax, stay calm. And keep your circle small. Be careful who you trust. Not everyone who smiles in your face can be your best friend. And feel comfortable being who you are, no matter what."



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