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Evauna Neville (B.A. '10), a Student-Athlete with Big Dreams

June 16, 2010

Evauna Neville

When Evauna Neville was deciding on where to go to college, Lehman was high on her list. For starters, it was close to her Yonkers home, affordable and, more importantly to Neville, accepted the fifteen International Baccalaureate credits she had accumulated in high school. That allowed her to take courses in a number of different areas before deciding on a major. "It gave me the flexibility to try out different majors without putting me behind schedule," she says.

Neville ultimately decided on a major in African and African American Studies. "I was interested in learning more about my culture and history," she says.

Neville, who made the Dean's List in Spring 2010 as well as being named to Golden Key Honor Society, found that getting involved made her collegiate experience even richer and also made her a better person. Not only was she the captain of the women's tennis team for the last four years, she volunteered as a peer educator and worked with both the Urban Male Leadership and LIFE (Leaders Involved for Everyone) programs. "All of these programs required me to be a leader in so many different ways and helped me stay on track," she says, "and really prepared me for graduate school. I wouldn't change this experience for anything."

Neville will attend Teacher's College at Columbia University in the fall, where she'll pursue her master's degree in education, with a concentration in teaching young students with disabilities and special needs. Then, in the not-so-distant future, she wants to pursue her Ph.D. in hopes of one day becoming a professor of African American Studies. "A college campus, such as Lehman, is an extremely positive place to be, and I'd really love to be a part of that one day," she says.