My name is a weird one, isn’t it? If you haven’t noticed already, it’s Obehi Ejele, and if you haven’t struggled to pronounce it already, it’s simply said as ‘Oh-Bee’.
I was born and raised in the east of London in the United Kingdom by my two wonderfully supportive Nigerian parents, so in hindsight I’m a strictly British kid mixed with a Nigerian upbringing. I was raised in a household full of boys, with my mum being the only woman in the house. Growing up, along with my older brother and younger cousin, I took a keen interest in basketball and somewhere alongside that I also picked up art as a hobby. So in reality that’s more or less exactly why I’m here, to play basketball under Coach Sisson and major in Media Arts. However, upon arriving at Jamestown Community College solely for these two reasons, I realized that this place is so much more than just that in a positive light which I’ll expand on more thoroughly in further blog posts.
So simply put, I’m an athlete from London who enjoys art and everything else a man of my age would love, such as music, food, family and friends to say the least. My mother is a pastor, I’m a Christian and I love God, my family is huge, and I adore London more than any other place I could think of. But whilst writing this, quite frankly, American customs and culture have always been a bit strange to me, but I’m willing to learn and understand throughout my journey here. I plan to blog about pretty much anything and everything I see here, so if you want to experience the wonders and heights of Jamestown Community College and Jamestown itself vicariously through the unfamiliar eyes of Londoner, look no further, I’m your guy.
My name is Ashley Myers. I’m originally from Limestone, NY and I reside in Fredonia, NY at the moment. I completed an Associates degree in Communication in December 2015 and am currently working on an Art degree. In my spare time, I enjoy being around friends, reading comics, collecting vinyl records, and drawing/painting. This semester, I am collaborating with the Weeks Gallery on the Jamestown Campus to assist in creating blogs about the shows, while also advertising for the gallery through social media, and learning the overall functions of a gallery.
My name is Paige Sirwatka, and I was born and raised in Jamestown, New York. I am currently a sophomore at JCC, double majoring in Communication and Global Studies. After graduating from JCC, I’m planning to transfer to the International Studies Program at City College with a concentration in Culture and Communication. I love the endless ways in which these fields interact, and it’s fascinating to observe what serves as communicative devices within specific cultures: art, architecture, literature, religion, food, as well as, of course, language itself.
In the future, I’d love to be able to be able to teach English abroad, especially in rural settings. This semester I’m involved with a number of different global projects, including CLAC (Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum) and the Soliya program, an online discussion group that connects students from over 100 universities in 28 different countries. I also a member of the Honors College and Student Senate.
I currently live with my two wonderful parents, three dogs, six cats, seven chickens, and five ducks. I love hiking with my dog, Waldo, working in our gardens, baking bread, and drinking lots and lots of coffee.
My name is Lauren Tordella. I am from Ashville, New York and I attend Jamestown Community College. This spring semester, I am traveling to Gold Coast, Australia to study abroad at Bond University. I am a business major, but have interest in event planning. At Bond, I will be taking Event Operations, Australia Popular Culture and International Trade. I am very excited about these classes and cannot wait to dive into them. While I’m in Australia, I plan to do as much traveling as I can. I want to see all the most popular and beautiful places that Australia has to offer. Other than traveling, I will be spending most of my time at the pool in my apartment complex, at the beach or at the gym. Considering that I will only be here four short months, I want to make the most of every minute and can’t wait to immerse myself into the Australian culture and lifestyle.
My name is Mary Williams, and I’m currently in my freshman year at JCC. I was homeschooled for most of my education, along with taking a few classes at JCC during my later high school years. My major is Liberal Arts and Humanities, and I enjoy taking music and psychology courses. I live with my family in the countryside, and I love running and spending time in nature. My other interests include singing, playing the piano, photography, traveling, and fitness.