Naziirah Vines is a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and is pursuing a psychology degree to become an occupational therapist. Naziirah is actively involved at VCU because she wants her college experiences to result in making a difference in the world around her.
One of Naziirah’s community services that she enjoys is speaking to students at one of the local elementary schools about college. She is passionate about speaking to middle school students because Naziirah will be the first one in her family to graduate from college. In high school, Naziirah joined programs, such as Project Discovery because as she said, “I love being around people who pushes me to push myself.” Project Discovery has done that for her. Naziirah stated in her exiting interview just prior to going off to college, “Project Discovery has changed my life. From meeting new people and building new friendships, to going to workshops and investing in myself, to even attending field trips and realizing what I want to do in the future.”
The program motivated Naziirah to pursue her dreams of attending Virginia Commonwealth University. Naziirah was one of the first students to sign up to visit VCU with the Project Discovery Program. Project Discovery staff will not forget the look upon Naziirah’s face as she beamed with so much excitement of being on the campus. Her first response to the Project Discovery staff while they were on the walking tour of the campus was, “I swear I love this school! I definitely see myself here. I want to be a Ram!”
Naziirah Vines truly is happy with her decision of choosing VCU. It is demonstrated in her involvement on and off campus. Most of all it is evident in her achieving the VCU’s Fall 2015 Dean’s List for her accomplishment of maintaining a 3.75 grade point average.