I Am Jihad Esmail

I Am Jihad Esmail


Jihad Esmail


Jihad Esmail


How would you describe yourself in 60 words?

Ohio boy. Rust Belt raised. Wildcat. Lifelong learner. Too many tabs, not enough time. Passionate about community building and finding the big in life’s smallest places. Self-proclaimed #1 Drake fan. Will always be down to make you a playlist.

What do people not realize about you until they’ve known you for a while?

Extremely competitive. Will turn turn anything remotely game-like into a competition.

What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

I thoroughly enjoy making projections. Whether they be timeline or financial or predictions of a sports team’s future, I’d rather work out the projection than actually participate in the thing.

What new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

Night-before journaling. Plan out my entire day right before I go to sleep, reflect on the previous day, and manifest how I want to feel the following night.

Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?

Show me your friends,
I’ll show you your future.


What is the book you’ve given most as a gift, and why?

Tie between The Kite Runner (absolutely beautiful storytelling) and The Metaphysical Club (my favorite book, and an introduction to the genre of “ideas biographies”).

What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life?

A Moleskine Notebook.

What about the Junto excites you most?

Cliche but: the people. The group of people I’ve met so far has become some of my best friends and favorite intellectual sparring partners. I have no doubt that there are more to come.

If any of my answers resonated, I’d love to hear from you. You can shoot me a note here.

Jihad Esmail