Jaya Joseph

Marketing major, from Chicago, Illinois

Jaya, how does CUC inspire your leadership growth?

As a Freshman Residential Experience (FRE) mentor, I have the opportunity to be a leader, helping freshmen adjust to college. I know what it's like because I went through the same adjustment myself. I'm really excited to be in the position to help other students in that way.

My other campus activities include serving as a Jump Start orientation leader and participating in College Life and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I'm also a member of the track team and work on campus as a Cougar Caller, talking with prospective students. These activities are helping me develop leadership qualities that I'll need for the future, and being involved also helps me build relationships with people who are like-minded in faith.

What else do you like about the environment at Concordia–Chicago?

As a member of the track team, I like living on campus and building a sense of community with my teammates. I can also build really good friendships with people on my dorm floor because we're together so much. And I'm still close with the students from my dorm last year—even though we don't live together anymore, we still hang out and talk all the time.

I also really like the small class sizes at CUC because I can focus better in this kind of setting. If I have a question or don't understand something in class, I feel comfortable asking the professor to explain it. Being able to communicate one-on-one with professors is really important to me.