As a local student, ShaiQuana Bailey is proud of York and, once she experienced what York College had to offer, she was captivated. In high school, Bailey participated in the York College Community Opportunity Scholarship Program (YCCOSP), which is what introduced her to YCP. ShaiQuana said she and her twin sister, ShaWanna, both received the same YCCOSP scholarship opportunity during high school and "we have been roommates during our college careers. We have the same amount of motivation to strive and work hard at everything that we do." Bailey sings her heart out as a Parliamentarian on the YCP Enharmonix, which is the jazz and show tunes group.
One teacher, in particular, has been an inspiration for her – Jennifer Wilt '08, M.Ed., was her middle school science teacher and has since come to the College to teach as an adjunct faculty member. "Her love and compassion for me, as well as other students, really makes coming to class worthwhile. She has seen me grow from a young girl to a young woman and her kind words and encouragement to always go for my dreams will stick with me for a long time," Bailey said. Because of her love for York City, Bailey hopes that she can bring the benefits of her education to the children here.
Whether through an after-school program or becoming an advocate for youth, Bailey wants to motivate children and young adults of all ages, genders, and races. "My experience at York College has taught me that you have to go wholeheartedly into something in order to achieve anything worth having," she said.
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