Jasmine chose Northwestern because she wanted a college that would challenge her to grow both academically as well as spiritually. She has been involved with La Mosaic and the International Club (called the I-Club). She’s also part of the Honors Program and has served on the college’s Academic Affairs Committee.
Having a blast with the past
I chose history because—in addition to having a crazy high school history teacher who inspired me—I love that studying history is more than just learning facts. It’s about asking questions and critically analyzing the past through a variety of perspectives. I believe history demands I try to understand all sides of a story in order to discover the truth.
I’d describe my history professors as smart, friendly—even a bit magical [smile]. I appreciate their willingness to talk with students, even when the discussions stray from history or academics altogether.
I’m pretty modest about my abilities, and sometimes I lack self-confidence. Nonetheless, I have my sights set on going to graduate school to earn a doctorate—maybe even teach at the college level someday. My Northwestern education has taught me to communicate well and write a decent paper. I think that will help me get a long way in this field.
Looking out for others
Besides a college education, I’ve also gained friends, lots of history books, and a universal outlook on life that compels me to have compassion and look for ways to help others.