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Jasmine Jones Credits Spelman for Helping Her Grow Intellectually and Spiritually

December 2016

When Jasmine Jones, C’2017, announced to her church family that she planned to follow in her sister’s footsteps and attend Spelman, the parishioners were as proud as her grandparents who raised her. They responded with an outpouring of well wishes and donations to help fund her first year.

Spelman Student Jasmine JonesChurch was an important part of Jones' upbringing in Prince Georgia, Virginia where she directed the praise dance ministry. Once she arrived at Spelman, Jones continued her love for dance and meeting new people. She currently serves as president of the Spelman Student Ambassadors with the Office of Admissions.

“I love interacting with people, going deeper into their minds to learn how they think and how their thinking affects their actions,” said the sociology major. During the spring 2016 semester, she studied abroad in South Africa with the Students for International Training program and became interested in learning to speak Swahili and IsiXhosa, the native language of former South Africa president Nelson Mandela.

With study abroad experiences and encouragement from faculty mentors, Jones noted how much she’s grown spiritually and intellectually.

“I’ve become more comfortable with my writing style and sharing my ideas,” she said, attributing the change to encouragement from Mona Phillips, Ph.D., chair of the sociology and anthropology department.

“Dr. Phillips told me that part of being an intellectual was having multiple ideas and being inquisitive.” The aspiring broadcast journalist hopes to have her own talk show one day, and use her media platform to raise awareness of emotional abuse and mental health issues affecting Black women and girls. “Spelman has so much rich history,” Jones said.

“Even though the four years go by so fast, a lot can take place with lessons, challenges and successes that help you to grow into a better person, ready to make life better for others.”

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