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Jim ‘Jimbo’ Zarifis: I Live Life (ILL) Inspirational Documentary

This inspirational documentary was done in 2013 on Jim ‘Jimbo’ Zarifis, the founder of the I Live Life (ILL) brand and cancer survivor by a video production group for a class project at Southern Connecticut State University. The project was designed to find someone who the project members felt really encompassed all of what SCSU is. Inspiring, motivating, making sure people have a great time, and truly living life is what Jim ‘Jimbo’ Zarifis is all about. He turned a huge setback in his life into a comeback by fighting and beating cancer.  Life is what you make it, have a positive attitude, persevere forever because nothing should keep you down. Make the most out of life, making others happy is the true way how to gain happiness in your life. All in all, be ILL


Jim graduated from SCSU with a Master’s Degree and works as a teacher in Newtown, CT.


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I Live Life (ILL) – Hailey Klein

I Live Life (ILL) to the Fullest

Hailey Klein sits on rock

When someone asks me how I live life to the fullest, my answer is simply to make every moment count. Life is short, and there is no reason for you not to smile and enjoy every second of it. Yes, tragedies do occur but they are meant to make you stronger. Many people wonder how to make every moment count. The answer is simple; always be optimistic and find the good in everything and everyone. Being optimistic about every situation that is thrown my way is how I life my life. If something isn’t going my way, I look to the brighter side and find positivity.

I have noticed being more positive in my daily life when I joined a sorority. Before I had 100+ sisters, I barely saw the light in things. When I developed this habit, I didn’t notice it until someone pointed it out to me. I was so used to being positive that it was just a part of my language and how I carried myself.  There have been few people who called my positivity being naïve, but I just brushed it off because those are the pessimists who only see the negative side. In my eyes, there is a huge difference in being naïve and optimistic. Although I do see the positivity, I am not blind sighted. It is extremely important to not live your life through one lens. I see the world through many different lights, but bringing out the positive is always most important.

Struggling with an obstacle is a person’s best opportunity to smile and find the positive light. One hurdle that I had to jump was leaving my friends at Southern Connecticut State University behind. I transferred to a new school this fall and the most difficult aspect was leaving my good friends in New Haven, Connecticut while I was moving south to Glassboro, New Jersey. Although this was tough and I had to make the decision for multiple reasons, I focused on the positive. Instead of dwelling on the negatives and having to start fresh, I focused on the fact that I get to start fresh and make another group of friends. I kept my head held high and didn’t let negativity get in the way. Staying positive throughout the process has made the transition much easier for me.

Through tragedy and triumph I have learned to look at the glass half full. I live my life with an upbeat outlook. From the moment I started being more positive, I have been a happier, well-rounded person. Think about it, would you rather surround yourself by negative people who bring you down, or positive people who lift you up? The obvious answer is positive people who lift you up. Being that upbeat influence is what pessimists need in their life. Pessimists are in constant search for the positivity but can’t find it because they cannot get past the tragedy or what ever is bringing he or she down. Be that positive influence! Be the person who lifts other people up. Now that I am that person for my peers, I am overall happier and I am proud to live my life with a smile.

– Hailey Klein

Hailey Klein lies on beach  Hailey Klein looks on the ILLer side

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Giants Tight End is #86 Jerome Cunningham

JEROME CUNNINGHAM TE #86 Height: 6-4 Weight: 240 Age: 24 College: Southern Connecticut State Experience: 1

My longtime friend at Southern Connecticut State University and neighbor has made it to the New York Giants! Congrats bro! “It’s my motivation that even if I’m playing good, I need to play better,” Cunningham said. “That’s the mindset I take.” He made it happen. I remember when I would see Jerome training, pushing that 500 pound tire around our complex in New Haven, CT. He never would leave something up to chance, he made sure to go for it. He never let setbacks keep him back, he was always ILL. Stay ILL Jerome and greatness will be achieved. Keep the mindset, you worked hard for this.

JEROME CUNNINGHAM TE #86 Height: 6-4 Weight: 240 Age: 24 College: Southern Connecticut State Experience: 1
TE #86
Height: 6-4
Weight: 240
Age: 24
College: Southern Connecticut State
Experience: 1