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Jaree Naqvi on His Journey at Miami Hamilton

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Enrolling at Miami University Hamilton was admittedly a last-minute decision for Jaree Naqvi, made three days before classes started.

“I was torn between here and the University of Cincinnati,” said the Lakota West High School graduate. “My brother actually went to this campus, so he convinced me because it is a lot closer, a little bit cheaper and a lot more convenient overall.”

He had actually gone so far as attending the U.C. freshman orientation.

“But then I came here and it felt more homey, a lot more comfortable,” he said.

The late decision had its challenges. The classes he wanted to get into were closed, for instance, but he never regretted the sudden shift.

“I know I would have been miserable at U.C. because I would have been commuting the whole time,” he said. “But career and goal wise, I had the same goal and I think I would have stayed on the same path, so I don’t think there would be much of a difference.”

Jaree is studying biology with an eye toward medical school.

“I came in and I really liked the atmosphere,” he said. “There were over 800 students in my high school graduating class–and a lot of people I didn’t know.”

He spent half of his high school career at Butler Tech to get nursing certification, so he wasn’t immersed in the big-school culture that much, and found a similar coziness at Miami Hamilton.

“I like the small class size so much more because you get to know each person individually,” he said. “When I came here I realized that is really what I value, and that’s really the type of environment I would thrive in. The professors really get to know your name and the name of all the students. It’s a personalized education and that’s something I really value.”

Jaree got involved in student government and served a term as president, so that helped him get to know people.

“I got involved in student government my very first week of school,” he said, “and that’s really opened my eyes. There are people here who have traveled, held full-time jobs, have had life experiences, so I can hear about all the things I haven’t done yet. There’s a person in one of my classes who’s already gotten his degree but is coming back for his personal education. It’s really changed my perspective on life, helps me understand what I value, what I want to do, what I want to get out of my life.

“I’m also part of Project Civility, so we’re always on outreach, always in Schwarm Commons holding events and interacting with students,” he said. “There’s never been a lack of social interaction. I really like that. That’s not something I would have gotten on U.C. campus.”


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Kenzie Bryant on Her Journey at Miami Hamilton

Miami University Regional Campus News

Having graduated from a parochial all-girls school, the culture shock that hit Kenzie Bryant in college inspired a new way of looking at the world.

Kenzie grew up in Fairfield but went to McAuley High School, commuting the 30 minute drive each day. Although it was a mostly homogenous population, she valued that education, to be sure. “I even went to Catholic elementary school, so I was wearing the plaid skirt from kindergarten all the way through high school,” she said, but the world looked a lot different at Miami University Hamilton.

She is a second-generation MUH student. Her mother graduated here in 2006 as a non-traditional student and knew the value of the regional campus education. “When I got here, I saw blue hair and facial piercings and everybody was so different from an all-girls, predominantly white high school. I was actually the only white person in some of my classes.”

She started as a fine arts major, acting on a passion for painting and drawing she developed in high school.

“I was really introverted in high school,” she said, “but when I got here I started getting involved with student organizations and orientation stuff, and I realized I liked leading people, and I didn’t know I would be into that until I got to college. In high school, she had been the president of the art club, but that “was just kids doing art,” Kenzie said. “I didn’t lead anything. It was more just like hanging out and watching artsy films.”

At the Hamilton Campus, she joined three different student organizations and took four student jobs. “My first job was with the office of student activities,” she said. “That opened so many doors for me.” Being exposed to a variety of offices and activities, she found out who needed help, and since they were all willing to work around her class schedule, she took on all that she could. “Nobody from McAuley goes to Miami Hamilton, so I had to make brand new friends,” she said. “Joining student organizations and having student jobs and engaging in class really helped me do that. Now I know just about everybody.”

She also began to reconsider her major and her career options. “I love the arts but I wasn’t sure what to do with my career,” she said. “I just knew I liked to draw and I thought a job would find me.”

By working through the student activities office, my boss told me that I could actually work in student affairs the rest of my life and be working with college students to engage them and get them involved. “I was like, ‘Sign me up. That sounds amazing.’”

She switched to the BIS program to get a more well-rounded degree, but also focus on organizational leadership as a concentration, with addition emphasis on family, gender and society, and eventually hopes to get a masters in student affairs. “That way, I could work with diverse students and know something about their backgrounds,” she said. “I see that even with the amount of diversity here, we can come together, see each other’s differences and appreciate them,” Kenzie said. “We have pride in our campus and we can come together in class and engage and learn together.”

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