My name is Jarred James Breaux. My mother named me Jarred after a friend's son, who lived near them before I was born. She liked the name and alternative spelling of the name. My middle name comes from St. James the Greater, one of the earliest disciples of Jesus and the brother of St. John the Evangelist. In accordance with Catholic tradition, my mother chose a Saint name as a middle, who acts as my patron Saint. My last name is my father's family name which has a long rich Cajun history. My mother's maiden name is White and I carried her last name for a few months after I was born (because my parents were not legally married when I was born). My mother's father is Cherokee from Oklahoma City.
Some people call me Nakky (short for Nakquda), which is derived from the city of Nagada. Nakquda is a screenname I have used online for more than 8 years and I have adopted it as a nickname for myself. I am a history buff, and Nagada was a city in predynastic Upper Egypt. Nagada is 16 miles north of Thebes, near the pyramid of Tukh, and is considered to be the center for the followers of Seth.
I am 22 years of age. I was born February 6, 1985 at 6:00 PM at Iberia General Hospital in New Iberia, Louisiana.
To people from outside of the Acadiana area, I generally tell them I am from Lafayette, since I went to school and worked in Lafayette. Lafayette is the larger city and is the hub for the Acadiana area. To locals, I usually say I am from New Iberia because I have lived here most of my life; however, from the time I was a baby until I was 7 years old I lived in Abbeville, Louisiana, about 20 miles west of New Iberia.
My father's family is pure Cajun, with last names in our family line ranging from Boudreaux to Thibodeaux. They originally came here from Acadia (Nova Scotia, Canada) and settled in the Thibodaux-Houma area along Bayou Lafourche. The surname itself, Breaux, was originally spelt Broult. The name possibly has Prussian/Russian roots.
My mother's family is part French and part Native American. My maternal grandmother's grandfather was one of three brothers who came to Louisiana directly from France to start up a business near Lake Charles, Louisiana. They married into local Cajun families. My maternal grandmother married a Native American man who was serving in the military in Lake Charles in the late 1940s. He was originally from Oklahoma City.
I attended Westgate High School in New Iberia from 1999 to 2003. After graduation, I moved to Baton Rouge and attended Louisiana State University, where I studied Aeronautic Mechanical Engineering from 2003 until 2004. After two semesters at Louisiana State University, I decided to return home and attend the university in Lafayette. From 2004 until 2007, I attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which is also known as Université des Acadiens. I received my Bachelor of Arts from the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I majored in History and minored in Religious Studies; however, I have more hours in my minor than I do in my major.
I earned my Doctorate of Philosophy in Religion, emphasis on Christianity, from the Universal Life Church (I paid $100 and took a class through the church and was awarded the degree upon completion). I am also reverend through the Universal Life Church; however, I do not use the title "Rev. Dr." at all. I am not a member of the Universal Life Church nor do I consider myself a reverend, but rather I bought the degree to make a point that anyone can run around with crazy titles.
History and the study of religion are my passions. While I dabble in other subjects, I always relate everything to these subjects. I believe mathematics and science are proof of an ordered universe; and thus, evidence of a higher power. I believe religion itself is a personal thing and I tend to keep my religious views to myself. Please, do not mistake my critical analysis of religious organizations as anti-religious. I am a very, very religious person; although, I rarely show this in my day-to-day life.
During my high school years I participated in a project named Operation: Eagle-1. The project was started by Northside High School and Col. John Sorrel. Col. Sorrel offered the students at Westgate High a chance to participate. However, after a few months, the Westgate High team broke off and formed the Louisiana Rocket Society. The organization became inactive in 2004 after the launch of our rockets Calisto and Tiny Teradactyl.
During my first year at Louisiana State University, I worked as a student worker for Dr. Vijay Singh. It was a basic office job, but for a few weeks I got to work on the Mississippi River project, where I measured flow rates and water depth on a scale model of the Mississippi River near the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
I also worked as a part-time remedial instructor in Math at South Louisiana Community College. I tutored students in Algebra, Calculus, and Statistics. I worked there from early September 2005 until the end of May 2006.
I love different types of music. I listen to anything from hip hop to opera, so long as it is not too extreme. I particularly like popular music from the 80s, late 90s, and today as well as country from 1988 until 1997. I also listen to some alternative music, indie bands, traditional Cajun music, and traditional and modern Laotian music.
I have several favorite televisions shows which I watch religiously. I am a nerd, so I watch a lot of Sci-Fi shows. I also like primetime dramas. Depending on the season, I watch different shows on different says. Typicall, on Sundays I watch Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Battlestar Galactica, The 4400, and The Dead Zone. On Mondays I watch reruns of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. On Tuesdays, I watch American Idol and House. On Wednesdays, I watch American Idol. In Thursdays, I watch Grey's Anatomy. On Fridays, I watch Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.
I do not read many books. I barely read the textbooks I am assigned at school. However, I am a lover of books. My bedroom doubles as my library, where I have approximately 400 books. The books I have read and liked are mostly non-fiction books, but there are one of two fiction. There are a few books which I absolutely love. Contact, written by Carl Sagan, is my favorite fiction book. The Bible, We Were Not the Savages: A Mi'kmaq Perspective on the Collision Between European and Native American Civilizations by Daniel N. Paul, The Dark Virgin: The Book of Our Lady of Guadalupe by Donald Demarest and Coley Taylor, Quetzalcoatl and Guadalupe: The Formation of Mexican National Consciousness, 1531-1813 by Jacques Lafaye, Cajun Country by Barry Jean Ancelet, Jay Edwards, and Glen Pitre, and a few others.
I do not have many hobbies, but I spend a lot of time with friends. Chatting online is what I spend the most time doing; I love talking to my friends and causing ruckus in chatrooms. I collect religious statues and place them either on my book shelf or in my garden. I spend about an hour a day in my garden, either tending the flowers and bushes or just sitting and thinking. My garden, which I also call my sanctuary, is my favorite place to just sit and reflect on things. I like going out on Saturday nights, sometimes on Fridays. I like having coffee with friends at CC's in River Ranch in Lafayette on weeknights.