Hometown: Peabody, MA
Majors/Minors: Biology Major, Chemistry Minor
Her Campus: Why did you choose Brandeis?
Cedric Jean-Phillipe: I guess you could call it intuition, but I felt like Brandeis would be the college where I could grow the most and make progress towards being the man that I’d like to be.
HC: What activities are you involved in on campus?
CJP: Currently, I am a teaching assistant in the Biology department. In my spare time, I practice with my dance group and play intramural sports with my buddies. Last, but not least, I run Jaded, a publication centered around the minority experience.
HC: Why did you join Jaded and what does it mean to you?
CJP: I kinda joined it on a whim to be honest. I saw promotions from the club a week prior, so it was definitely on my mind. However, on that Wednesday night, I found out that my friend was going, so I decided to tag along with her. If she didn’t go, I don’t think I would have gone that night either. Attending that meeting happened to be one of the best decisions of my Brandeis career.
Jaded means a lot to me. It’s a club that I think has an underrated presence on campus. I recently found out that a few courses have featured Jaded pieces in their coursework! It was truly a shock to hear. I want Jaded to be a safe space for those who have something to say about the experiences that have shaped them. So far, that’s what it has meant to me.
HC: What is something on your Brandeis bucket list?
CJP: I want to gather my closest friends and have a picnic on Chapels Field!
HC: What are your plans after graduation?
CJP: I plan on entering Medical School, but not without taking a much needed gap year!
HC: What advice do you have for new and incoming students?
CJP: The problem is often not the problem itself, but your attitude about the problem. Solving any problem all starts from how you perceive it in the first place.
HC: Describe yourself in three words.
CJP: Charmer. Maverick. Seeker
HC: Guilty pleasure?
CJP: Gold Mini-Cupcakes
HC: Who is your celebrity crush?
CJP: Emma Watson
HC: What’s something most people don’t know about you?
CJP: I can do a full split.
HC: Best memory at Brandeis?
CJP: There have been way too many memories to name. I think any memory that involves me understanding another human being a bit better could qualify!
Band: Fall Out Boy
Movie: Forrest Gump
Spot on campus: Library