Prince Yakubu ’17

“I was taught through a Jesuit lens for eight years and I’ve learned how important it is to give back.”

When the law school acceptance notices started to accumulate in senior psychology major Prince Charles Yakubu’s inbox, and the formal letters arrived at his home in St. Louis, his mother was “really excited,” says Yakubu. But it wasn’t until he’d heard from all seven schools — the University of Denver, Drexel, Howard, Loyola University of Chicago, Saint Louis, Santa Clara, and Villanova — and all seven had said yes, that his father weighed in.

“He told me he knew it was going to happen,” says the SJU men’s track and field team captain and triple jumper.

The political science minor says the hard part was choosing where he would spend the next three years. To get a feel for the best fit, Yakubu went home to visit St. Louis — where he attended the Jesuit St. Louis University High School — journeyed to Denver, and took a trip up the street to Villanova.

Though he liked Denver, the future criminal defense attorney says he chose Villanova law school because he’s grown to enjoy Philadelphia and can see himself practicing law here.

“I feel that with the connections I’ve made through SJU’s pre-law program, and those I will make at Villanova, that there will be a place for me in Philadelphia,” he says.

Since he’s staying in the Philadelphia area, and Villanova is only a hop, skip and jump away from Hawk Hill, he knows he won’t have far to go to find community.

“When Hawks see other Hawks, no matter where we are, we band together,” Yakubu says.

A full profile about Yakubu is available on the SJU News website.

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