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Precious Adediran ’23: Shooting Beyond the Court at Georgian Court

Georgian Court University 2023 graduating student Precious Adediran

Born and raised in London, U.K, Precious moved to the United States by herself at just 19 years old to attend college. “A combined passion for basketball and communication led me to America,” she explains.

Precious began her academic journey at another university, but she didn’t feel at home there. Precious came to GCU in search of a family-like community and was eager to enhance her basketball career. “I reached out to the head Women’s Basketball Coach at GCU and we had great communication and a great connection. I found GCU to be a great fit for me,” she says.

Precious plays as a shooting guard for the Women’s Basketball team at GCU and will be graduating in May with a degree in Digital Communication.

Precious has thrived in her new community. “The presence of international students and different cultures allows me to feel like I am back in North London and being around like-minded individuals has made me feel at home,” she says.

Basketball isn’t the only way Precious became involved with her GCU family: she served as a Student Ambassador for the Admissions Office, a Resident Assistant in the Mercy honor’s dorm for Residential Life, and as Peer Mentor for the Transition and Career Studies Program. Precious is also in the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, “the council is a way to empower students in our school for the outside world and look for ways to engage our students together on campus through career opportunities,” she remarks.

In addition to her campus involvement and personal determination, she has excelled academically earning several awards and honors including Dean’s List, Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society for Communication students, and Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society for student-athletes.

“GCU has professors that are at the top of their field and I am glad to be exposed to this level of learning, as I am more open-minded as a student and person. As an athlete, I am glad to learn more skills that can help me beyond the court, which I am grateful for,” notes Precious.

Precious began her journey into the world of digital communications and media production while in secondary school in London. “I picked up a camera and really fell in love with it. I was very in tune with the idea that media can really shape our minds.”

Precious aspires to enter the field of digital communication and become a producer in order to shine a light on unheard voices in our society. “Everybody has a voice, they just need to be amplified,” she says. “I am very passionate about amplifying voices, especially voices of color. I think there is a lot to learn in society and my career path can put that on the screen.”

After graduation,  Precious plans to extend her time in the United States to jump-start her career and acquire a wide skill set before returning home to the United Kingdom. As a successful student, athlete, and individual, Precious urges her peers to persevere and extend from their comfort zones.

“Embrace everything: regardless if it’s bad, ugly, or good,” said Precious.  “Everything you put your mind to – just go for it!”

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About Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by Money.com and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, GCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.