Jasmine Jenkins '22
Feature Stories 2020: Jasmine Jenkins '22
Jasmine Jenkins '22

Learning to be the change

Jasmine Jenkens’ original plan wasn’t to study at UMass Dartmouth, but now, it’s home. Her goal is to help people transform their lives, and she’s learning how she can play a role in that with a major in crime and justice studies.

My first day at UMassD: “I transferred to UMassD in the second semester of my freshman year. I got a call to come down and register—that very day! I’m so thankful that I was able to attend college here and be closer to home.”

How I want to make a difference: “I want to be the change. I want to help people and understand what we can do to change the disparities in our society. That’s why I chose to major in crime and justice studies at UMassD.”

My favorite course is: “Social theory. I learned how to take a broad look at our criminal justice system and understand how it affected race and class throughout history.”

My favorite things to do at UMassD: “I love the friends I’ve made through the Rhythms of Africa Dance Team, the Black Student Union, and student government. Living on campus is such a great opportunity that I’m grateful to have.”

Without financial aid: “This experience wouldn’t be possible. Besides tuition and room and board, books and other essentials add up. Sometimes it feels impossible to be able to stretch my money to cover everything. My scholarships and aid help put me and my family at ease, so I can focus on making a difference in the world.”