“It feels like a big accomplishment,” she said. “I grew up playing with older girls talking about wanting to be one of those players who got 1,000, and I looked up to them. To now be one of them is great.”
While basketball has been her passion, The Hun School has meant much more to Jada than just the opportunity to succeed on the court. Jada has been a boarder since she arrived in 2016. For the last two years, she has served as a dorm proctor, a position in which she has flourished. She helps guide her peers toward success in a multitude of ways, by planning community events and dinners, organizing freshman orientation activities, conducting evening study hall, planning fun study breaks, and occasionally, peer mediation. The position, however, is not without its challenges.
“You have to be an authority figure and a friend, and that balance can be difficult,” she admits. “You have to tell people to be quiet, while still being cool with them, because you have to live with them. And people have to feel comfortable talking to you about their problems.”
Jada enjoys her role helping students, discussing friendship, classes, or anything else. “I really see being a proctor as another opportunity to connect with people,” said Jada, who has also enjoyed Hun’s diversity. “My friendship group comes from Korea, Singapore, Arizona. We not only acknowledge the diversity here, we embrace it.”
Jada has also run track and rowed crew at Hun, as well as taking part in the Black Student Alliance. She’s currently applying for college, where she plans to play basketball. She hasn’t yet honed in on a career path, though engineering, business, and psychology are all on the table. Psychology and public speaking have been two of her favorite courses, she said, noting that public speaking forces you to be “both comfortable and vulnerable in front of a group.”
Overall, the rigor of academics at Hun has prepared her well for college, she says.
“I have been forced to push myself academically,” she said. “At Hun, they want you not just to do well, but to excel.”