From Trailblazer to Tar Heel
Posted on June 23, 2016
Jasmin Allison is not one to squander an opportunity for growth.
Born and raised in Germany, Allison already had an applied science degree from a German university when she came to the United States at the age of 21. But, she hadn’t yet found the solid footing of a career she loved. A registration postcard from Tyler piqued her interest in the College’s offerings, so she enrolled and started working on a Business Administration degree.
“When I was younger, I didn’t understand the role of education,” says Allison. “Now that I’m older, my head is in the right place. It’s my time, my money. I see the big picture, and John Tyler gave me the right environment to figure things out.”
As she worked to “figure things out,” Allison embraced all the opportunities Tyler presented. She pushed herself in the classroom and maintained a 3.9 GPA. She earned a place in the Tau Rho Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was recognized by the group for her academic excellence at Tyler’s 2016 Student Awards Night Ceremony. She was a student assistant in the Office of Student Activities and represented Tyler at the Virginia Community College System’s Student Leadership Conference. She served as the executive secretary of JTCC’s Student Council, and she was quick to volunteer at events like Fool for Art and New Student Orientation.
“John Tyler was a mind-blowing experience for me,” says Allison. “I met fantastic people who inspired and challenged me.”
In May 2016, Allison graduated from Tyler and began the next chapter of her life as a transfer student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She plans to major in marketing and work at a large corporation for several years before starting her own marketing company.
Her advice for the next generation of Tyler students? “Get involved. Participate. There are so many opportunities to grow with leadership. Take advantage of those opportunities; you never know where they’ll take you.”
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