April Mojica: A Wealth of Opportunities and One Writer’s Life

April Mojica has just begun her graduate studies at George Mason University in the M.A. in English Literature.  She lives in in Fairfax County, Virginia, with her teenage daughter, Zuri.  She also plans to take classes at George Washington University, where she works in the Division of Human Resources. Mojica graduated from the CUNY Baccalaureate in 2005, cum Laude and as a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon Academic Honor Society.  In the CUNY Baccalaureate, she designed areas of concentration in World Literature and Writing under the direction of Professor Steven Nardi, English, Medgar Evers College.  She is the recipient of a number of awards including: Competitive Fellowship, Federated Fellow of APARC, Boston University; Medgar Evers College (MEC) Student of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award, 2005; College/Departmental Service Award, English Dept. MEC; Provost’s Distinguished List Award, MEC; and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship.  While she was an undergraduate, she was a presenter at the Uncovering Connections Conference in 2004; a performer for the Women’s Creative Expressions/Center for Women’s Development in 2005; a participant at the ATHGO International Symposium, U.N., 2005; and she organized “On the Soap Box” for the Democracy Project in 2005.

Mojica recently wrote to the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, saying:  “I enjoyed a transformational, wonderful, rich and varied undergraduate career at CUNY (second to none!).  I miss it and long to come back one day soon as a professor.  It was not been a straight shot for me, first obtaining my GED, then my A.A. and finally my BA, but my B.A. was my crowning achievement. I was the first in my family, on both sides (and I have eight siblings) to get so far academically.  I had exceptional experiences awarded me through Medgar Evers College, CUNY, and the CUNY Baccalaureate Program — a scholarship, a fellowship to Africa, an invitation by Medgar Evers College to be the keynote speaker at their annual gala, a research internship, a job as Editor of Medgar Evers’ student newspaper, even my face on the buses and trains of NYC (Editor’s Note:  Mojica’s image and story were part of a comprehensive CUNY Public Relations campaign).  These were unimaginable honors for me — almost too much to process all at once.  But, process them I did.  Now that all the fanfare is over, and the golden dust has settled and blown away, I am still here with my dreams and drive.

I never miss an opportunity to learn or be inspired, if I can help it. I was just in NYC this weekend for both the 9th Annual National Black Writers Conference (held at Medgar Evers College) and the 21st Anniversary of the International Cross Cultural Black Women’s Studies Institute where I wildly harvested all of the inspirational energy of those varieties to sustain me until next year.  For now I am here in the Midatlantic and have rooted enough to know that Georgetown does National Poetry month up well and will feature some old favorites.

I’ve attached a link to an article written about me by the alternative high school I attended. When the Director of Y.A.L.A (Young Adult Learning Academy, Manhattan Valley) looked up on the train and saw my face on the CUNY poster, he knew that not only had I succeeded in obtaining my GED but was even on the verge of graduating with my B.A. so he wanted an article from me for his current students to read.”