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Jasmine Guzman

3165

Bold Points

2x

Finalist

1x

Winner

Bio

Hello everyone! My name is Jasmine and I'm a freshman currently attending Illinois State University. I'm studying Elementary Education with an ESL endorsement and Spanish minor. My goal is to return to my home school district and become an elementary teacher there. I am passionate about the importance of education, especially for younger children. I am committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for my students. As a future teacher, I hope that I am able to positively impact the lives of all my prospective students, whether that is academically, emotionally, and/or mentally. I aspire to seek socio-cultural experiences that will further allow me to connect with my future students more deeply, more than just on an educational level. I am forever grateful to be able to attend a university and earn a degree, however I am aware that teachers do not make sufficient funds compared to other professions. Receiving scholarships through Bold.org will help me tremendously with the money I have to pay to cover tuition on my own. Logging onto Bold's website and claiming my 10 Daily Bold Points has become a part of my daily routine, and I can only hope that my dedication to completing applications will pay off in any way possible.

Education

Illinois State University

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2027
  • Majors:
    • Education, Other
  • GPA:
    4

Wheaton North High School

High School
2019 - 2022
  • GPA:
    4

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Education, General
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Education

    • Dream career goals:

      To become a Elementary School Teacher

    • Camp Counselor

      Wheaton Park District
      2024 – Present7 months
    • High School Math Tutor

      Illinois Tutoring Initiative
      2024 – Present7 months
    • Cashier, Front of House Ambassador

      Noodles & Company
      2021 – 20243 years

    Sports

    Dancing

    Club
    2017 – Present7 years

    Awards

    • Positive Role Model Award
    • Perfect Attendance Award

    Arts

    • Flourish Dance Academy

      Dance
      2017 – 2020

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Feed my Starving Children — Sealing bags
      2021 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Key Club — Volunteer, Advertiser
      2020 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Wheaton Public Library — Volunteer
      2022 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Dr. Connie M. Reece Future Teacher Scholarship
    Winner
    To be a teacher is to provide for your students in every way possible and necessary. To be a teacher is to show up. To be a teacher is to see the good in everyone and not let any small hiccup in plans get in your way. To be a teacher is very challenging. Despite these difficult aspects that come with being an educator, I know that this profession is the one I want to pursue for the rest of my life. When I was in third grade, my family became homeless for 2 months, living in a series of different local motels. I’d like to believe that because I was so young, I don’t recall much of the details from that time in my life. However, I know that realistically, my brain has most likely blocked the majority of it from my memory as a response to trauma. I remember taking the public Pace bus with my dad to school from the motels because we didn’t have a car. I remember arriving at school early, happy to be there for the next 6 hours. I remember coming back to the motel room that my family of 5 squeezed into, having a ramen noodle cup for dinner, and going to bed. This cycle is the overall gist of what I can recall on the surface level. What I clearly remember from this era of my life is the excitement I felt each day I arrived at school and saw my teachers and classmates. My third grade teacher, Mrs. Anderson knew the circumstances my family was living under, and catered to my needs. She didn’t treat me any differently compared to my classmates, yet she made me feel so special in a way that made school–something I didn’t enjoy much before–so enjoyable. Her patience, cooperation, and understanding character is something I still appreciate to this day, and my respect for teachers since then has been so high. My dream is to be an elementary school teacher and obtain just a fraction of the admiring traits that Mrs. Anderson had for her class. As a future teacher, I desire to provide a strong education for young children. I aspire to seek socio-cultural experiences that will further allow me to connect with my future students more deeply, more than just on an educational level. For those children who are born into families with low income, or are first-generation students - I want them to know that they are capable. I want them to know that it gets better. I do not have the power to end poverty, but I can do my best as an educator to relieve any stress in the classroom. I aspire to tell children my story in hopes of motivating them to push hard through everything they do, in class and outside of school. I aspire to achieve these goals as I study Elementary Education with an ESL endorsement, along with a Spanish minor at Illinois State University. I am only a freshman, but I already know that this career path is for me. I am overly passionate about creating equal opportunities while ensuring that each student embraces their unique differences. I am fortunate and grateful to be able to obtain a degree. However, due to my family’s consistent low income, I am needing to provide tuition money on my own. Earning this scholarship would be a true privilege. I hope to be able to use this money towards my tuition to lessen the financial burden my family has had to persevere for years.