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Campus Cutie: Jena Marinelli ’17

An old soul with a caring personality, a big heart, a “mom” to some of her suitemates and Pinterest extraordinaire--meet this week's campus cutie, Jena Marinelli. 

Name: Jena Marinelli

Year: Junior

Major: Educational Studies

Hometown: Broomall, Pa

Activities: President of P.in.K (Power in Knowledge), Member of Delta Alpha Phi Honors Society

Relationship status: Single


Food: Homemade cookies, chicken pot pie, spaghetti and meatballs, baked ziti

Songs: "Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift and "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough" by  Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Movie: Grease

TV Show: Modern Family

Book: Tuesdays with Morrie

Color: Pearl pink. It’s not just pink, it’s a Grace Kelly kind of color--elegant and classy.

Places on campus: For anyone who knows me, it’s the library, the chapel or somewhere outside. Mainly the library.

Reason for choosing Cabrini?

I love the campus and the Disability Resource Center was a huge influence on me. I enjoyed the family aspect of the campus.

What is P.in.K?

We want to educate all majors on campus that women empowerment is important. All genders--male and female--can empower women. Girls can do anything they set their minds to.

What are your goals for the honors society?

We are open to all students with disabilities. We are trying to get awareness on campus that we learn differently. We want them to know it’s a safe place.

What is your inspiration for cooking?

Coming from a big Italian and Irish family, our core place to go is the kitchen. At the end of the day, we get to talk and make memories. I love cooking and I can’t wait to pass down to my kids what I’ve done.

Who are your idols?

Mom and Dad: They tell me to always believe in myself and take each day one day at a time.

My sisters: They are just amazing girls that are so smart, talented and inspiring.

My grandmother: Every Tuesday and Thursday, she would always cook us dinner. That’s why I love to cook. Family is so important to me--reflecting on the past and striving for the future.

If you could go back in time, where would it be and who would you want to be?

I would love to experience all of the events of the '50s and '60s. I wouldn't want to be anyone else because that's replacing historical people. I would rather go back in time and experience things through my own eyes. 

Where would you love to be in the future?

I hope to be a guidance counselor and a mom. I really want to travel. I want to travel to Europe--Italy mainly--and New Orleans or wherever God takes me.

Favorite campus memories?

When I received Dean’s list. Getting into the honors society was a great accomplishment. Also, when I met my best friends here on campus. One I met in philosophy. Even though she sat behind me, we became best friends in the end.

How would your friends describe you?

Hard-working, dedicated, friendly, open-minded and caring

Most prized possession?

A vintage diamond ring from my mom-mom. However, I recently lost it. 

Ryan Reynolds or Ryan Gosling?

Ryan Reynolds, is that even a question?

Jess is a senior communication major and Spanish minor at Cabrini College, a Snow White-like campus in Radnor, Pa. Although she was originally drawn to Cabrini because of the sprawling mansion, she knows Cabrini has much more to offer. She loves to write and was the former Perspectives editor for the school's newspaper, the Loquitur, where she was able to write fun opinion pieces. Jess enjoys being a co-captain for the Cavalier Dance Company and has been dancing since she was 10-years old. Jess cannot live without glitter,lipstick, diet coke and a healthy dose of celebrity gossip. You can catch her rounding up celebrity news and local events each week on Cabrini’s news show, Loqation News. Follow her on Twitter @JessicaParadysz and Instagram: JessicaParadise222.
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