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Maya Jingles ’19

Psychology and Sociology Double Major from The Bronx, New York


What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: I would want prospective students to know that just like any college, Purchase isn’t for everyone, but if you feel like it’s for you (and you’ll know), you’ll have the time of your life! I want them to know that there are so many opportunities to take advantage of, professors who genuinely want you to succeed, and students who you’ll end up being friends with your whole life.

The reason I became an Ambassador: I became an Ambassador because I love Purchase! I toured here like 4 times and asked so many questions, so I when given the opportunity, I wanted to be the person answering the questions! I found that the Ambassadors gave me the most honest answers as a prospective student, so I couldn’t wait to do the same!

My favorite spot on campus: ​My favorite spot is right behind the VA (Visual Arts Building), especially when it’s warm! It’s almost always quiet, the breeze is just right, and I get a perfect unobstructed view of the sky!

Why I chose Purchase: I chose Purchase because it just felt right. That’s hard to explain, but after attending Accepted Students’ Day and various tours, this school felt like home, and I hadn’t even paid my deposit yet! There were also a bunch of meetups with other potential students in the city, and after just one of those hangout sessions, I knew I wanted to be surrounded by these people for the next 4 (now 2!) years, and for the rest of my life! After declaring my Majors and taking classes in what I loved, I knew this was the best place for me to pursue my education and study what I love!

My hobbies and interests: I’ve recently gotten into embroidery which I love, I enjoy photography (on the Instagram level, not the class level), I’m the Secretary of Self-Care Club, and I work at the More Store which is super fun! I’m also interested in mentoring and teaching. I’m a Peer Advisor and tend to work at summer camps and schools when Purch isn’t in session. Finally, I go to Nerf Club (which is really pretty cool when you think about it), and I write in a notebook which goes with me everywhere!

Future plans after Purchase: Aaah, I get this question a LOT and still don’t have a direct answer! I’ve been working at a Preschool for the past 2 years, so it would be cool to maybe teach in the future, whether it be to young kids or as a professor. As a Psych and Soc double major though, research is also really fascinating to me, so maybe one day I’ll work as a researcher too!

What “Think Wide Open” means to me: I’ve been hearing “Think Wide Open” for the past 2 years now, and it seems like the definition changes as I grow and change. As a prospective student, “Think Wide Open” just meant being accepting of others’ views. Now though, it also means to challenge what I don’t agree with and to think of things from different perspectives, not just the literal one.