Nijah Glenn: Editor Extraordinaire

Nijah Glenn has been a Magazine editor/staff writer for the Eagle Eye, former Ultimate player, member of Film Club, participant in Anatomy Club, and member of Campus Ministry. In addition, she is a volunteer for many different organizations including the Children’s Home and the Susan Komen Race and was an active ballerina and “musical theater kid” for over a decade. As of this year, she joined Teens 4 Change, a Three Rivers Community Fund subsidiary which gives a panel of teens the opportunity to fund social change projects as well as further educate themselves on social change while participating in a dual internship with a local magazine and clothing line.

“I guess I don’t have to tell you that senior year probably went by faster than any other year in school,” she laughed, when I interviewed her. Her classes ranged from CE Public Speaking to Spanish IV Honors and even a college course on Diversity and Ethnic Studies, while maintaining a high GPA.

“Without a doubt, this has been my favorite year,” she stated, due to the incredible Spirit Week, the “interesting pandemonium” caused by the J-Building renovations, and all of her projects in and outside of school. A natural nurturer, she looks forward to pursuing her studies at Duquesne University in Biology and Sociology with a concentration in Anthropology in order to attain a J.D./M.D. Program after college. She stated that “while it isn’t necessary to be an attorney and a doctor, I love both careers. I love caring about others and at some point between my career as a surgeon, I want to rewrite medical policies.” She stated that her diverse upbringing as well as her trips to countries such as Costa Rica, France, the Bahamas, Mexico, and the Netherlands have influenced her belief in healthcare and personal philosophy.

“Charlie Chaplin once said, ‘I should like to help everyone if possible: Jew, Gentile, black men, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone’.

“That speech in the Great Debater truly helped me understand why it is necessary to help mankind. That is our duty as human beings. We should want to help one another.”

In addition to her busy life as an activist, intern, student and  volunteer, she enjoys reading “anything by [Thomas] Hardy, [Aleksandr] Pushkin, August Wilson, Edgar Allan Poe and Russian literature.” She is a huge fan of music, film, and art, citing Warhol, Basquiat, and Rembrandt as a few of her favorite artists and lives for experiencing new cultures. She states that it would be interesting to study abroad one semester in college, spend a few summers volunteering, experiencing other cultures, and doing some investigative journalism in her spare time. While graduation is sad, she said that “she will be able to finally utilize every skill honed at OC” to become an incredible “citizen of the world.” She also stated that she is incredibly glad to have had strong teachers in her favorite subjects such as science and World History, and to have had an incredibly nurturing environment here at OC in addition to her home environment.

It’s quite rare to find people you know will make a difference, and without a doubt, I know that Nijah will in the future. Who knows, maybe she will be the future President or make a large impact on social and medical structure in the U.S. or the world. One thing is for sure though: Nijah will certainly be missed by her former educators, writers, and friends and will be cherished for making a difference in the world.