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NIGEL JACOBS ‘20


 
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Mx. Jacobs studies Computer Science and hails from Buffalo, NY where they attended The Park School of Buffalo.

Why did you initially choose to attend Morehouse?

When I was looking at colleges in my senior year of high school, I was pretty indifferent about which school I wanted to go to at the time. I applied to Morehouse because my mother, along with the will of my grandmother, saw the potential I would have by going here and from all the amazing alumni the school has produced. When I finished getting my rejection and acceptance letters, I was down to Morehouse and about 3 other schools. Two of the schools didn’t seem very interesting and I would have had problems at the other school because of the hidden racism I discovered while visiting there. Out of all my options, Morehouse seemed like the best choice.

What has kept you at Morehouse?

The two main reasons I stay at Morehouse is because of the vast amount of opportunities and the sense of community. Morehouse is a world-renowned school with connections to people and organizations around the world that constantly come to visit. I didn’t realize how lucky I was to have access to all these connections until I talked to my peers at other schools and they were amazed at all the opportunities I had. The sense of community and brotherhood at this school is very heartwarming. Even though I do not identify as a man and dress differently, many of the students still treat me like family and are very supportive of my goals and dreams. Also just simply being at an HBCU has opened eyes to the many stories of our people and has given me a future that I could only dream of in the past.

Why did you choose to study Computer Science?

When I originally came to Morehouse, I was a Dual-Degree Engineering and Applied Physics major and I had no idea what Computer Science was. When I look back, I wish I had come in undecided because I really had no idea what I wanted to do. By the beginning of my sophomore year, I realized that I wasn’t that good and not at all interested in physics and engineering. I eventually decided to switch to Computer Science because I started learning how to code during my freshman year and I really enjoyed it. Also since Computer Science is a very broad subject, I could more easily adapt my interests with my major than I could when I was engineering.

Outside of Computer Science, what have you spent time learning about?

Outside of academic and professional work, I enjoy observing and creating art. I like to read comics/manga/books, watching shows and movies, play videogames, listen to different music, shopping, and appreciating the world and what it has to offer. Some books I am currently reading are The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler, The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams, A Burst of Light and Other Essays by Audre Lorde, Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele, Doomsday Clock by Geoff Johns, Showa: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki, and Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen. I am currently working on my first story and I want to eventually turn it into a comic someday. My main career goal is to become a storyteller that uses different mediums(videogames, animation, comics, etc.) to tell stories about the African Diaspora through Afrofuturism.

More about Afrekete:

I am a very proud and active member of Afrekete, which is an organization that supports and advocates for LGBTQIA+ students in the AUC and is based off of Spelman’s campus. My activities with Afrekete include going to weekly meetings where we discuss various topics that affect the queer community, doing community service, and participating in special events such as Pride Week. I am very grateful for Afrekete because they have given me a space where I feel safe and appreciated and a chance to meet life-long friends.

More about Pixar:

My proudest achievement so far is receiving the opportunity to work at Disney Pixar Animation Studios this summer because it really is a dream come true for me. Like most people in my generation, I grew up with Pixar, with their first movie Toy Story coming out two years before I was born. As the years went by, the studio has come out with movies that have made me go from laughing to crying all within 90 minutes. Last summer when I was working at Facebook, I began to become disinterested in the work I was doing because I was becoming more interested in artistic topics and less in tech topics. As I was discussing this with my peers, one of them mentioned that I should try working for Pixar. It sounded like a good idea but I felt like it would be impossible to get in with my skills and experience. As the year went on, I became more interested in storytelling and the desire to work at Pixar became stronger. Then about a month ago, as if my desires had been heard by the universe, Pixar came to campus to do a Technical Workshop at Morehouse. Once I saw the flyer, I knew it was my chance to impress them. And that’s what I did. Next thing you know, they set up an interview for me and I got the offer! This is my proudest achievement because I made something I thought was impossible into a reality with my own power.

Independent Projects

  • President of AUC Aurora Game Development Club

Internships

  • Facebook University for Engineers Intern at Facebook

  • Animation Technician Intern at Pixar Animation Studios

Experiences Abroad

  • Educational Trips to France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Peru, China, and Singapore

Scholarships

  • Camellia Rose Links Scholarship

Professional Programs

  • Code2040 Tech Trek

  • Out 4 Undergrad Tech Conference

  • Goodie Nation: Hack the Violence Pt. 1+2: Oct. - Nov. 2017

  • Google ATL Hackathon: Feb. 2018

  • HackGT: Oct. 2018

  • HorizonGT: April 2019