Jamila Blake


Jamila Blake




Wildlife Conservation


Tampa, FL

Advice for a new student:

Let yourself feel whatever emotions you have when you get to campus. Don’t be scared to meet new people, everyone has similar fears in the beginning. Then even once you become more comfortable, don’t feel like you have to stick with the first group of friends you find if they don’t really seem like a good fit for your personality.

Advice for their parents:

Try to be as excited and supportive as you can with the new experiences your student wants to explore. They will want to call and tell you all about them.

Why I chose Delaware:

When I first came here for a tour, I fell in love. The campus was beautiful and I just got “that vibe” from the campus. I felt like I could really see myself here. I also really wanted to come somewhere that was colder since I was from the south. Then when I found the Wildlife Conservation major, I knew it would be a perfect fit. Coming to NSO over the summer just sealed the deal.

How I decided on my major:

I have always loved animals and I was originally planning on coming in as an Environmental Science major. Then I took a Zoology course in high school and I knew I wanted to work with animals, specifically the endangered ones. The University of Delaware was one of the few out of the schools I applied to that had anything like this. It is a great program and allows for so much hands-on experience and insight from professionals and professors.

Favorite TV show:

It’s a close call between Saturday Night Live and Phineas and Ferb.

Favorite song:

“Teeth” by Lady Gaga.

Plans after college:

Hopefully, I plan on working with a research organization to study animals either in a lab or in the field. If possible, I would love even working in a zoo or nature conservancy before attending graduate school to further my education in the field of Zoology.