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Senior Spotlight: Jadah Manon '20, NYU Stern School of Business

April 09, 2020

As the founder of the College Readiness Club, Vice President of the National Honor Society, a Co-Coordinator of the Léman Student Ambassadors, a member of the Model United Nations Club and the Black Student Union, as well as the Manager of the Varsity Boys Basketball Team, Jadah Manon still finds time to be a full IB Diploma Candidate as well as a straight-A student. “I feel like I’m a leader and role model in my community because whenever I was presented with the opportunity, I applied for leadership roles in clubs. What of the things I’m most proud of is founding the College Readiness Club this past September to help other students prepare for the college application process,” she said.

Those leadership roles prepared Jadah for admission to the NYU Stern School of Business, ranked No. 10 in Best Business Schools by U.S. News and World Report. “I chose to attend NYU because of all the schools I felt like it was the best fit for me. It’s a liberal arts college with a diverse community and it presents many opportunities for me in the long-run, including internships at renowned businesses," she said.

Jadah feels she’ll be prepared for NYU because of her experience as an IB Candidate, “The IB courses are not only rigorous but they also prepare you for college because it gives a philosophical look at each subject. We not only study what goes on but why and how that affects individuals in the world. We think about morals and ethics and how each topic plays a role in that. It will help me in college because it gives me a backbone in group discussions and changes my world view in general,” she said.

Jadah was excited to get accepted to NYU Stern and she credits some of that to her college counselor, James Luciano, “Mr. Luciano pushed me to my greatest potential by telling me how competitive my top school is. Their acceptance rate prior to this year was 8% and this year it was 4.6%.” But that information didn’t intimidate her. When she learned how competitive her top-choice school was she pushed herself to try even harder.

As a native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper West Side, Jadah is excited to explore a new part of the city at NYU, “Although I’m only going downtown from where I live it’s a completely different community and there are no boundaries to the campus so I’ll be able to explore the city more.” Reflecting back on her time at Léman, Jadah has some wise advice for 8th graders who will be enrolling in the High School next year, “I’d definitely tell them to get involved as much as they can and to practice time-management before the IB starts in junior year. That way you will really experience Léman to its fullest potential.”

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