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The Bucknellian

The weekly student newspaper of Bucknell University

The Bucknellian

The weekly student newspaper of Bucknell University

The Bucknellian

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Senior Reflection: Tiffany Jones

When I first arrived at Bucknell amidst the challenges of a global pandemic, my heart was set on pursuing a career in chemical engineering and leaving a meaningful legacy. Despite the constraints of social distancing, my determination remained strong, driven by a desire to make the most of my Bucknell experience.

Over these four years, I’ve been incredibly grateful for the array of opportunities and communities that have enriched my journey. From day one, mentors and peers played a pivotal role in helping me navigate university life, sparking my passion for supporting incoming students similarly.

My initial involvement on campus as an admissions ambassador, a Garman guide in the College of Engineering, and a TEAM mentor laid a solid foundation. However, my role as an Orientation Assistant truly transformed my approach to leadership. I knew on the last day of orientation that my involvement with NSO wasn’t over. During my tenure as an Orientation Leader, I was instrumental in creating and executing two significant events aimed at enhancing the experience for students of color and their families—a welcome lunch on move-in day and an ice cream social to facilitate informal interactions between new and current students of color. These initiatives not only improved the New Student Orientation but also deepened my skills in advocacy and boundary setting.

My sophomore year marked a pivotal moment with my introduction to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). As the only Black chemical engineer in my class, NSBE was vital not just as a club but as a lifeline. Serving as president for three years, I led our chapter to two annual conventions, fostering a supportive network and connecting with like-minded peers and professionals nationwide. NSBE not only improved my confidence but also played a crucial role in promoting inclusivity within the College of Engineering. Participating in leadership roles, engaging in club volleyball, and running a nail business have all been integral to shaping my Bucknell experience. These commitments allowed me to advocate for my peers and contribute to creating a more inclusive campus environment.

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Reflecting on my time here, the significance of mentorship and community support stands out. Each role I’ve embraced has enriched my college life and personal development. As I transition from student to alumna, I carry forward not only a degree in chemical engineering but also a profound appreciation for the communities that shaped me and the opportunities that propelled me forward.

Bucknell has been more than a place of learning; it has been a place of personal transformation. To the future Bison out there—seize every opportunity, challenge your limits, and remember: the best way to predict your future is to create it.

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