Jasmine Castillo was hooked. She visited the University of Illinois during her first year of high school and fell in love with the campus. Now she's here as a first-year student and is working toward becoming a teacher to make her classroom safe and encouraging for all students.
A little bit about Jasmine:
Q: Where is home for you?
A: Sesser, Illinois.
Q: What is your year and major?
A: I'm a freshman majoring in History with Secondary Education and Spanish minors.
Q: Why did you choose to come to Illinois?
A: I came to visit during my freshman year of high school and immediately fell in love with the campus. I instantly knew that this was the place for me. UIUC is filled with endless opportunities for students; I am reminded of that every day.
Q: Why did you choose the College of Education?
A: I chose education to create an encouraging and safe learning environment for students. My role is to educate them about the world around us and be their support system when they feel discouraged or incapable. Everyone has a voice, and as a teacher, I will encourage each student to use theirs.
Q: What are you looking forward to doing most in college?
A: I look forward to finding a community of like-minded individuals who want to create environments where their students are challenged and feel loved.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job is to one day be a missionary and teach in a Spanish-speaking country.
Q: What is a fun fact about yourself?
A: A fun fact about me is that I love to give Christmas presents, and wrapping presents one of my favorite holiday activities.
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