Jasmin Lopez '19 originally planned to attend a big urban university, but after attending a Discover Diversity at Dickinson program, she knew she’d found her home. While studying abroad in Bologna, Italy, she sharpened her language skills as both a student and a studentteacher; performed original research on hospitality-industry trends—a subject she became passionate about during a previous internship—and took a class on the history of the mafia. She also has interned for New Jersey SEEDS, where she discovered a passion for helping students gain access to education.
Hometown: North Plainfield, N.J.
Clubs and organizations: Microcosm, Tritons, Liberty Cap Society (tour guides), Italian Club, Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity (student project manager)
Honors/scholarships/awards: The Samuel G. Rose Scholarship Fund, K. Robert and Juliana P. Nilsson Scholarship and Dean’s List
On choosing Dickinson: For the longest time I actually had my eyes set on a bigger school in Washington, D.C. A Dickinson alumnus encouraged me to attend the Discover Diversity weekend, and as I spoke with current students and faculty members, I felt so comfortable. I went home and told my mom I had changed my mind. At Dickinson, I knew I would be more than just a number and that I would be at a place where I could get involved and follow my passions.
Favorite place on campus: The balcony on the second floor of the Rector Science Complex
Favorite Dining Hall food: Bread bowl with broccoli cheddar soup from the KOVE
Favorite professor: My favorite professor at Dickinson is Sherry Ritchey in the Department of International Business & Management. Her marketing course has inspired me to go on to pursue marketing and communications after graduation. Professor Ritchey’s courses are hands-on and very relatable to the real world. She is very passionate about what she teaches and has a lot of experience to share. Her kind spirit and her attention to her students is something I admire and appreciate.
Studied abroad for an academic year in Bologna, Italy, and conducted an independent-study research project about the tourism and hospitality industry in Bologna.
Internships: Event coordinator at a wedding hall; student advisor for New Jersey SEEDS; English and economics teacher in Italy; student orientation director in the Office of New Student Programs; Office of Admissions (recruitment intern)
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Published February 15, 2019