Story by Emma Fox, ‘22
Photos by Liam McGurl, '17, '19
Video by Roisin Coleman, '20
Freshman Marisol Woods-Jones, an English and Spanish double major, is a writer in every sense. The Philadelphia, Pa., native practices a passionate and relatable kind of art: slam poetry.
Slam poetry is the art of the spoken word, typically voiced in an intense and vivid way. For Woods-Jones, the inspiration for her pieces comes from real-life experiences, her interests, and all the things that make her the person she is.
“Even through the different stages of my life, I don’t like to write about the singular moments where I’ve felt heated or hurt. My poetry is about who I am as a person, and what drives me to be the best that I can be.”
Luckily, Woods-Jones has found that Bona’s provides more than enough creative outlets for her to continue practicing what she loves. “I feel like I’m doing well because of my professors. At the same time, they have no problem telling me, ‘Yes, you can get further than this. We can help you reach that level of expertise where what you do has even more of an impact on your audience,’ and that means a lot to me.”
Woods-Jones is also a passionate and avid member of the Black Student Union on campus. In a predominately white institution like St. Bonaventure, she sees clubs like this as vital to promote diversity and inclusivity.
“One of my favorite things about this club is that it’s made up of students of color who understand the same struggles that myself and many others have dealt with in the past. It feels like a family away from home, one that’s avid on changing the world to be brighter and more optimistic for people of color in the future.”
For Woods-Jones, attending St. Bonaventure was only a dream until she received a generous scholarship aid package. Without it, Woods-Jones doesn’t believe she would have been able to attend a four-year institution.
“Bonaventure allowed me to come here. It is the scholarship aid and the education they promised and are delivering to me that makes it worth it. This is my home, and I am beyond thankful for this chance I’ve been given.”
Enjoy "A Love Poem," written and performed by Marisol Woods Jones...
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