For my digital footprint assignment, I was put on the very difficult task of researching JT Arowosaye. This was especially difficult because I did not even know her actual first name until much more research.
JT, or Joyce, keeps her Facebook very secretive and current, only showing the college she attends and where she is currently employed. She does not have any family members listed, nor is she friends with any of them. It took me a while of researching before I found out that she is from West Orange, New Jersey and has 3 siblings, Baba, Juliet, and Isaac.
The top result in Google when looking up JT’s name is her USC Annenberg Media page, followed by ATVN. The third result, however, is an award from December 2015 for “Leading Woman of the Month” in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. On this page, you can see some accomplishments she has made in her line of work, such as interviewing Meghan Trainer, Snoop Dogg and Katy Perry. It also tells of her work in the USC athletic department and her impressive minor in Spanish. Upon further scrolling, you can find JT’s Youtube page, which helped me confirm that her name is indeed Joyce. What her page consists of is journalism-styled vlogging and a cover letter for her work.
Looking through her LinkedIn helped me figure out where she is from. Like I said, her Facebook didn’t tell me anything about her before coming to USC, so by finding her LinkedIn, I was able to track her hometown due to a hospital that she did volunteer work at called the Kessler Institute for rehabilitation, which is the world’s largest rehabilitation hospital. Her LinkedIn also shows a small biography listing her achievements before college. She became the first African-American and youngest editor-in-chief at her high school’s newspaper at 15 and she got an internship as a sports writer at the age of 16.
There weren’t many independent articles or pages that talked about JT in high school or earlier, and if there are, I couldn’t find them. The only other thing I could find was an announcement from her high school that listed all the recipients of scholarships and awards in her year’s graduating class. JT received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, the Principle’s Award for School Service, the West Orange Council of PTA’s Scholarship, and a National Honor Society Distribution of Honor Braid.