Today we feature Jah’mere Beasley, a junior commuter from Camden, NJ majoring in Sports Communication and Media and minoring in Journalism. He is also on the men’s Track & Field team for Rowan earning many accolades, including 2020-2021 Male Athlete of the year by the New Jersey Athletic Club (NJAC). Jah’mere touches upon the rigorous schedule of a collegiate student-athlete and how he excels both the classroom and on the track.
Why did Rowan stand out to you in your college search?
Not many people know this about me, but I was originally committed to East Stroudsburg University right out of high school on a football scholarship and a partial scholarship to run track. Evidently, I quickly realized that East Stroudsburg was not the place I needed to be, and with the help of a high school friend, Francis Terry, who was committed to Rowan for Track & Field, I was able to contact the Rowan Track & Field coaches and I ended up getting into Rowan a week before my first semester started.
What is your dream profession? Where do you see yourself after graduating in 2023?
If the opportunity presents itself for me to continue my athletic career, then that would be a dream come true. However, if I end up getting the chance to work as a sports broadcaster for a decent company, then that would be a great journey for me as well.
How has Rowan Track & Field prepared you for your future endeavors? What life skills have you learned by being an athlete at Rowan University?
Being a member of the Men’s Track & Field Team at Rowan University has equipped me with various skills I will utilize for the rest of my life. Especially while performing in the midst of a pandemic, this sport has led me to develop resilience and perseverance. In my personal achievements, this year I broke the school record for the 100 meter by running a 10.48 and I tied the 200 meter school record as well. Even after competing against teams that had a winter and spring season when our team had just a spring season this year, we overcame adversity to reach our maximum potential.
What is your favorite part about studying Sports Communications and Media and Journalism?
Studying a major that is so broad is probably my favorite part. There are so many different directions that I can pursue with my major and my minor. I greatly appreciate that Rowan has countless opportunities for me to determine which areas in my field are the most fitting for my assets and my passions.
What is your role/ what do you do while being on the WA1T committee?
The WA1T committee is a student-run university-wide committee that promotes diversity and inclusion through sport on college campuses across the country. As a member of the committee, we meet biweekly to brainstorm ideas on how diversity and inclusion can be promoted around campus.
Do you have a mantra or a ‘key to success’?
I learned this quote from one of my past coaches: “Be 1% better each day.” This quote resonated with me because whether it is in academics, athletics, relationships, my family life, or even in my mental and emotional well-being, it keeps me motivated and determined to be better than I was the day before.
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Story by: Natalie DePersia, junior public relations major
Photos courtesy of Jah’mere Beasley and by: RJ Wentzell, senior exercise science major