Black Star Magazine: Where are you from?
Jakayla Hart: Durham, N.C. (Go Duke!)
BSM: What’s your major/minor and why/how did you decide on that major/minor?
JH: Psychology, and I’m on the pre-MD/PhD track. I come from a huge adopted family and my parents took in lots of foster children each with their own team (parents, social worker, case manager, psychiatrist, psychologist). I was fascinated by the psychological aspect and the clear difference between having a good team versus not.
BSM: What is one experience or memory from Emory that you will never forget?
JH: Getting my MCAT score back. I don’t really cry, but I was in my research lab (I’m there all the time). To be in a place where I grind the hardest and then get that score was amazing. I was expecting to have to take it again, but I was like “I’m never taking this again!” I had to go into a grad school office and just have a moment with Jesus and myself.
BSM: What’s your favorite class?
JH: I have a few: Psychology of Family Relationships, Self and Development, Black Women Writers and Women’s Writers.
BSM: Who is your favorite professor?
JH: Patricia Marstellar (love of my life).
BSM: What clubs/organizations were you a part of during your time at Emory?
JH: Residence Life (RA), BSA, track and field during my first two years, HUES (when it existed), and GLUE. I currently work at Clairmont Service Center and the Emory Infant and Child Lab.
BSM: What’s one thing that you’re proud of, in regards to your four years here at Emory?
JH: My growth. I came here loud, obnoxious, boisterous, and my humility just wasn’t where it is now or where it ought to be. I think I’m moving towards handling things more gracefully and elegantly now. I can make my mark silently, and I didn’t necessarily feel that way before.
BSM: Who are your favorite artists?
JH: It changes every week, but right now it’s J. Cole. I also love Marsha Ambrosius.
BSM: What do you do for fun?
JH: When? [laughs] Usually my fun is being with my girls Shayla (she’s actually the calm one between us), Cas(my personal black panther), Odez (future BSN-MD which is dope). When we’re together it’s a party.
BSM: What are you passionate about?
JH: The overmedication of society—medicine is given out like candy nowadays—that drives me. Also, black feminism because I am very proudly Black and a woman.
BSM: What’s something you would like to pursue that you don’t need a college degree for?
JH: My own family. I want twin boys and dassit. Just having a nice household with my family. My work could be my legacy, but I want more.
BSM: Favorite quote?
JH: “I found God in myself and I loved her fiercely.”-Ntozake Shange. It’s the ultimate black feminist quote.
Interview by Ashley Graham, Lifestyle Editor