Jade Collar

My day jobs are being a student at Deerfield High School, a dancer and a student ambassador on the board of We Are Many-United Against Hate.

I learned about the group from one of my teachers. Once I heard the background, I immediately said “yes” to joining. I believe everyone should be treated equally. It shouldn’t matter who you marry, your ethnicity or what religion you practice. And if I can help make the world better—or help make just one family happier—I’m willing to do anything in my power.

I’m one of three ambassadors at Deerfield and we’ve already recruited six other students to join. We meet virtually with students in Dodgeville and McFarland. Our role is to create events that help spread our message of equity and inclusion.

I feel being part of We Are Many has changed me for the better. Although I feel like I always accepted people for who they are, being part of the group has made me more aware and made me more of a stand-up person.

It’s also taught me to challenge people’s beliefs if they say something I don’t agree with. Not to just say, “You’re racist,” because I don’t think people learn from that. It doesn’t work.

Instead, I try to ask “Why would you say that?” “What makes you think that?” or “How would you feel if someone said that to a friend of yours?”

I think it’s more effective to get someone to think about their actions—not just to call them out.

My most memorable caffeine is the time I drank some of my sister’s espresso before doing a dance routine. I’m already a very energetic person and my brain couldn’t focus at all on “hard” caffeine like that.

My current caffeine of choice is something sweet and cold that doesn’t taste too much like coffee. I’m a big fan of iced vanilla lattes and peppermint mochas.

My favorite places for caffeine are Dunkin’ and Starbucks.

The people I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with are Matthew Gray Gubler and Tom Daley.

Matthew is the star of my favorite TV show: Criminal Minds. He seems very funny, lighthearted and hyper—I think we’d have a pretty crazy conversation.

Tom is an Olympic diver—how cool is that to dive for a living? He’s also part of the LGBTQ community and just seems like a nice guy. I’d love to chat with him.

World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: This is one on a personal level—tackling a good dance routine. It takes time to work a new dance out and it helps to be in the right mood. A little caffeine doesn’t hurt.