Essence was born on March 17 (St. Patty’s Day!). She’s lived in 3 different towns within the same county her whole life. She is the middle child of two sisters. She graduated from Allegheny College with a B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience. She loves people but especially their brains. She was a part of her CCO ministry on campus all four years. She’s lived a total of 4 months in Ocean City, NJ, having been a part of the CCO’s Ocean City Beach Project for two consecutive summers. It turns out that her heart is for college students. God called her to the CCO as a fellow where she hopes to share the hope and love that can only be found in Christ with students on Pitt’s campus.
When and how did you come to Christ?
I grew up in a “Christian” home. The quotes are there because the values and behaviors that I learned about in church weren’t on display in the way my family lived. I was kind of an “on and off” Christian until my senior year of high school. When I was dealing with a time of depression, God gave me strength when I was weak. He gave hope when I was hopeless. He loved me when I couldn’t even love myself. He told me the truth when I was believing lies. He honestly gave me life when I felt like dying. I know it sounds like a cliche or something, but that is exactly what happened. I recommitted my life to Jesus at the end of my senior year of high school, and finally began living it out at college. I had an amazing opportunity to share my testimony in a CCO video for Jubilee 2020. Feel free to watch it: https://youtu.be/76LZ9e6J6NA.
What’s your Favorite?
Movie: Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve watched those 3-hour long movies. Anything Marvel. The Greatest Showman (the soundtrack is wonderful!)
TV Show: Stranger Things, Once Upon a Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Brooklyn Nine-nine
Book: The Raven Boys and Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater
Band/Singer: Michael Jackson, Ed Sheeran, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Tupac, KB, EXO and NCT (K-pop groups. Don't @ me). I really listen to a little bit of everything on the music spectrum
Video Game: Super Mario Bros. and Call of Duty: Black Ops
Food: Chocolate, literally any kind of pasta, and potatoes in any form
What are your hobbies? Watching movies, especially in the movie theater
- I don’t like writing the letter “K.”
- I love beauty, everything from the beauty of blooming flowers to the beauty of a city lit up at night.
- I love to listen to people talk about their stories and what they love.
- I have two middle names: Imani Marie