John Jay College Students Reflect on What They’re Thankful For

John Jay College Students Reflect on What They’re Thankful For

John Jay College Students Reflect on What They’re Thankful For

“I am so grateful for the love and support that this community shows to everyone in it.” —President Karol V. Mason

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time where we gather with loved ones to reflect on what we’re thankful for. And while this year is decidedly different, with many families celebrating virtually, the feelings of gratitude remain the same. “I am so grateful for the love and support that this community shows to everyone in it,” says John Jay President Karol V. Mason. “I am grateful for you and I hope that you enjoy this Thanksgiving season and take care of yourselves and your families.” In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, we asked some of John Jay’s student leaders a simple question: What are you thankful for?

Amber RiveroAmber Rivero ’21
Student Council President; University Student Senate Vice Chair of Senior College Affairs 

Major: Political Science 
Hometown: Texas

I am most thankful for having good health, a loving family, and the community that I have here at John Jay. The way we have all united and supported one another during this pandemic has been inspiring and I’m so grateful for it. 


Jehovahnie Saint RoseJehovahnie Saint Rose ’22
BSUs Editor-in-Chief; Vice President of the Black Honors Students Committee; Vice President of HASA (Haitian-American Students Association)

Major: Philosophy 
Hometown: North Baldwin, New York

I’m thankful for my parents, my friends who are more like my brothers and sisters, my therapist, my health, and my education and intellect. I’m also thankful for my personal growth during these challenging times. I see myself growing and becoming the woman I am destined to be.

Katelynn SeodarsanKatelynn “Katie” Seodarsan ’23
Student Council Junior Representative 

Major: Public Administration 
Hometown: Ozone Park, New York

I am thankful for my friends and family. The people in my life help keep me positive. I’m thankful for my professors who are working hard to help students make the most of their distance-learning experience. I am also grateful for my health and the well-being of others. During this pandemic, the health and safety of those around us is something to be grateful for because no one deserves to be in pain.

Fatima MoienFatima Moien ’22
SASP Peer Success Coach; ¡Adelante! Team Leader; John Jay Sentinel Web Editor

Major: Criminal Justice 
Hometown: Valley Stream, New York

I’m truly thankful for the people that have been by my side this year. There is nothing wrong with asking for help and this year has solidified that. Happy Holidays, everyone!


Andrew BerezhanskyAndrew Berezhansky ’22
Student Council Vice President

Major: Economics
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

I am thankful for being given the opportunity to continue and expand the advocacy work we do on behalf of students at John Jay. Im most thankful for the friends that I’ve been fortunate enough to meet, work with, and grow alongside. They are all family to me.


Tzvia WaronkerTzvia Waronker ’23 
Student Council, Sophomore RepresentativeJohn Jay Sentinel, Treasurer

Major: Forensic Psychology 
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

I am so thankful for all my family, friends, and co-workers. I feel really blessed to have such amazing and caring people in my life. Life can be difficult at times, but with these people in my life, I know I can overcome any challenge.


Karla SaenzKarla Saenz ’22
LASO Treasurer 

Major: English 
Hometown: Queens, New York 

I’m thankful for my family and their support. I’m thankful for having a small group of friends who are there to help me, and vice versa. Despite the fact that It’s been an extremely difficult year for so many students and their families, it’s good to look at those around us, those who support us, those who uplift us, and know that we’ll be alright. Lastly, I am thankful to work alongside the wonderful members of LASO. I am so proud of the informative and fun events that have come to fruition this semester, and I look forward to next semester.

Leanna WellsLeanna Wells ’22
John Jay Sentinel Editor-in-Chief

Major: Political Science
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

I’m thankful for having my loved ones around me at this time. I’m also thankful for being able to work and connect with amazing people, virtually.



Hashaam Shahzad ’22
Student Council Junior Representative

Major: Criminal Justice
I am thankful for the opportunity to represent my John Jay peers here on the Student Council. 

Tas ArshadTasfia “Tas” Arshad ’21
John Jay Sentinel Managing Editor

Major: Law & Society
Hometown: New Jersey

I am thankful for having the privilege to be with my family. I’m grateful for their love and understanding. Even though the holiday celebrations will be different this year, we are doing our best to make the most of it.