Humans of Stern: Darol Cueba-Jones

Darol Cueba-Jones
Darol Cueba-Jones (BS ‘17)
Concentrations: Marketing and Management
Minor: Food Studies
Hometown: Stamford, Connecticut
On Campus Involvement: Supporting Excellence and Advocating Diversity (SEAD)

Favorite coffee place?
I don’t drink coffee, but I love my Chai Tea from Argo!
What is a book you really enjoyed reading for a class that you wouldn’t have read otherwise?

It would be On the Genealogy of Morality by Nichetzshe. I had to read it for my Texts and Ideas: Antiquity and the 19th Century class. It was the first time I was able to think about morality in a philosophical way and not just what was right and wrong. It pushed me to challenge my beliefs and exposed me to diverse ways of thinking about morals and ethics.

What has been your favorite class so far in Stern?
I think I definitely learned the most in Organizational Communications with Professor Eileen Gilmartin. It pushed me out of my comfort zone the entire semester, and the skills I learned are applicable to real life.

You’ve been very involved with SEAD during your time at Stern – tell us a little about your experience there.
I’m glad you asked. SEAD is my baby! It’s a club dedicated to empowering and helping NYU students of color who are interested in business. We try to help acclimate people to Stern, because some of us have struggled quite a bit. We believe that it really helps for underclassmen to get exposed to both NYC and NYU. Last year we won the Presidential Service Award for our community building efforts – I’m really proud of that. I believe that it’s all about having the right conversations and giving our members the resources to learn and do what they want.

Have any of your views of Stern changed since your time here?
I think it’s amazing how, despite the fact that we major in the same few things, we all have other interests. It’s been a really pleasant surprise for me. I also really appreciate the drive everyone has. It’s almost a rush for me, because I know I am surrounded by top students. It motivates me to be a better person, a better worker, and a better student.

What is a skill you’ve learned in Stern that you think you will carry with you?
I think being comfortable talking to people you don’t know. You can call it networking, but it’s not just in formal networking sessions. It’s also in class by doing group projects or meeting new people through clubs. Stern has taught me to get comfortable with the unknown and people you don’t know. It has also taught me to be comfortable with your answer and your view, because it’s not necessarily right or wrong, it’s just your view. And, I think that’s what makes class conversations interesting – when you disagree and get multiple viewpoints.

What has made your overall NYU experience so great?
I love that I am also involved in things outside of Stern. I’m a RA, which makes up so much of who I am as a member of the NYU community. I’ve met so many people that come from different paths of life, and being able to have a hands-on role in shaping their experiences has been really cool. I particularly love building and executing events. Earlier this year I created an event which won the event of the month award in NYU Residential Life. The event involved creating a series of simulations that allowed the residents to see how people with disabilities experience life. I tried to focus on disabilities that people don’t necessarily talk about every day – such as being color blind, having dyslexia, etc. It was a challenge to come up with the correct simulations to portray these disabilities, but I think overall the event was a huge success and really exposed my residents to many things they did not know before!