Morristown, N.J. (April 21, 2016) – Jasmine Poole, '17, discovered her love of English after transferring to CSE from Burlington County College as a junior. Having initially based her choice on the basketball program and small community, Jasmine was in for a pleasant surprise when her academic path became clearer.
"CSE is where I discovered my love of words," Jasmine said. "I never knew how much I liked to write until taking English and creative writing classes here. I really learned a lot about myself."
During her time at county college, Jasmine's major was general liberal arts and sciences, but it was CSE that helped her narrow down her chosen paths of study, English and education. A recently inducted member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, Jasmine has truly found her niche.
The Pemberton, N.J. resident always wanted to be a teacher, but didn't know if her dreams would ever come true. "I never thought I'd be here today, reading books for fun."
In recent years, Jasmine started volunteering at the Dominique Johnson Recreation Center in her town. Combining her love of sports and language and her desire to let all children have access to education, she began her own branch of tutoring at the center. This youth basketball outreach program begins with tutoring sessions in reading and writing, and ends with a game for all the children.
"This program is designed to build character and respect, and to steer these children in the right direction."
Jasmine is a poet as well as an athlete. "I love English because it makes you think," she explained. She hopes to publish a book one day with pieces written throughout different periods of her life.
Jasmine, who works in the weight room on campus, substitute teaches, and is a part of the Residence Hall Council, hopes to become a principal one day. She would also like to get a degree in special education and play professional basketball overseas, as well as coach.
"Without CSE, I never would have found my passion. I've grown as a person, and truly discovered who I am meant to be."