Johnesha Cardwell graduated in 2021 with a degree in English. She didn't take much time to celebrate her accomplishments, as she headed to the Redhouse to help with their School District Partnerships initiative. This program provides unique and artistic educational experiences that stimulate imagination, encourage critical thinking, and promote inclusivity for students in the Syracuse City School District. Next stop will be NYU to begin her graduate studies in special education as a teaching resident. She plans on returning the Syracuse City Schools in the fall as part of her residency: "The residency program is an one-year rigorous program where I’ll be teaching along side a special education teacher full-time and taking my master's courses at night. I’m also assigned to a teaching mentor who will help guide me and prepare me to become an independent teacher of my own."
She remembered the amount of staff support that made such a positive difference in her undergraduate studies: "I had amazing professors such as Dr. Brady and Dr. Ryan who were always an email or zoom call away. Any question I had, they were there to answer (and if they couldn’t answer it they found someone who could). I appreciate how office hours weren’t just 'office hours' they took the time to get to know me. My creative writing professors Dr. Lloyd, Dr. Penissi and Dr.Lawler helped me become a better writer and poet which I am truly thankful for. Lastly I am most appreciative of my religion class experience. Dr. Majuka made this experience fun and something I will never forget."
Johnesha shared her advice with our current students: "Get to know your professors and don’t be ashamed to ask for help! It can be overwhelming at times but with the help of great professors you can make it through!"