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Jasmine McKnight

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I'm a passionate and dedicated individual with big dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Currently, I work as a kennel/veterinary assistant at Healing Spirit Animal Wellness Center, where I have the incredible opportunity to work closely with animals and contribute to their well-being.

Education

Arcata High School

High School
2020 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Majors of interest:

    • Zoology/Animal Biology
    • Animal Sciences
    • Veterinary/Animal Health Technologies/Technicians
  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Veterinary

    • Dream career goals:

    • Part-Time Youth Basketball Scorekeeper and Referee

      City of Arcata
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Part-Time Office Clerk

      Hands on Physical Therapy
      2020 – Present4 years
    • Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

      Healing Spirit Animal Wellness Center
      2024 – Present6 months

    Sports

    Basketball

    Junior Varsity
    2020 – 20222 years

    Tennis

    Varsity
    2020 – 20244 years

    Public services

    • Advocacy

      Students Demand Action — Arcata Group Founder/President
      2021 – 2024
    • Advocacy

      March For Our Lives — Arcata Chapter Co-Lead
      2021 – 2024
    • Volunteering

      Miranda's Rescue — Walking dogs, and cleaning cat inclosure
      2023 – 2024

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Inguz Memorial Scholarship
    My educational journey has been profoundly shaped by my unwavering dedication to animal welfare, particularly my favorite animal, dogs. As a volunteer Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raiser, a member of the Healing Spirit Animal Wellness Center team, and a volunteer at Miranda's Rescue, my hands-on experiences have instilled in me a deep passion for the well-being of animals. The challenges I encountered, particularly in dealing with the health issues of guide dogs I have raised, have intensified my interest in pursuing a major in Animal Science or Zoology and solidified my aspirations to become a veterinarian. Coupled with consistent academic achievements, my commitment compels me to embrace challenges, push boundaries, and make a meaningful impact in the realm of animal science and veterinary medicine. Confronting health issues among the guide dog puppies I raised was a transformative experience. From managing neurological problems to dealing with a dog diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, each case taught me resilience and empathy. These challenges deepened my commitment to veterinary medicine, highlighting the importance of compassionate care and motivating my pursuit of a career in the field. Volunteering at Miranda's Rescue provided a unique perspective on aiding animals beyond the clinical setting. Through my contributions, I realized the significance of even small efforts in making a difference. Whether it was providing comfort to rescued animals or assisting in their daily care, these seemingly modest actions collectively played a vital role in enhancing their well-being. This experience underscored the importance of diverse contributions to animal welfare and reinforced my commitment to making a positive impact, regardless of scale, in the lives of animals. Working at Healing Spirit Animal Wellness Center has afforded me a distinctive chance to acquire valuable work experience in the veterinary field, even as a high schooler. The small-scale nature of the practice, with just one veterinarian and four veterinary assistants, ensures a dynamic learning environment where I am constantly exposed to diverse aspects of veterinary care. This intimate setting allows for hands-on engagement with various tasks, from assisting in appointments to learning about administrative responsibilities. The close-knit team fosters a collaborative learning atmosphere, enabling me to continually absorb new insights and skills in veterinary medicine. This unique opportunity has not only enriched my understanding of the field but has also reinforced my passion for pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. In conclusion, my educational journey has been profoundly influenced by a deep dedication to animal welfare. From volunteering as a guide dog puppy raiser, to contributing at Miranda's Rescue, and working at Healing Spirit Animal Wellness Center, each experience has played a crucial role in shaping my aspirations. As I embark on the path towards a major in Animal Science or Zoology, I am driven by a holistic commitment to excel in the field of veterinary medicine, armed with a blend of practical experiences and academic dedication to make a meaningful impact.
    Bethel Memorial Award for Veterinary Medicine
    My educational journey has been profoundly shaped by my unwavering dedication to animal welfare. As a volunteer Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raiser, a member of the Healing Spirit Animal Wellness Center team, and a volunteer at Miranda's Rescue, my hands-on experiences have instilled in me a deep passion for the well-being of animals. The challenges I encountered, particularly in dealing with the health issues of guide dogs I have raised, have intensified my interest in pursuing a major in Animal Science or Zoology and solidified my aspirations to become a veterinarian. Coupled with consistent academic achievements, my commitment compels me to embrace challenges, push boundaries, and make a meaningful impact in the realm of animal science and veterinary medicine. Confronting health issues among the guide dog puppies I raised was a transformative experience. From managing neurological problems to dealing with a dog diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, each case taught me resilience and empathy. These challenges deepened my commitment to veterinary medicine, highlighting the importance of compassionate care and motivating my pursuit of a career in the field. Volunteering at Miranda's Rescue provided a unique perspective on aiding animals beyond the clinical setting. Through my contributions, I realized the significance of even small efforts in making a difference. Whether it was providing comfort to rescued animals or assisting in their daily care, these seemingly modest actions collectively played a vital role in enhancing their well-being. This experience underscored the importance of diverse contributions to animal welfare and reinforced my commitment to making a positive impact, regardless of scale, in the lives of animals. Working at Healing Spirit Animal Wellness Center has afforded me a distinctive chance to acquire valuable work experience in the veterinary field, even as a high schooler. The small-scale nature of the practice, with just one veterinarian and four veterinary assistants, ensures a dynamic learning environment where I am constantly exposed to diverse aspects of veterinary care. This intimate setting allows for hands-on engagement with various tasks, from assisting in appointments to learning about administrative responsibilities. The close-knit team fosters a collaborative learning atmosphere, enabling me to continually absorb new insights and skills in veterinary medicine. This unique opportunity has not only enriched my understanding of the field but has also reinforced my passion for pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. In conclusion, my educational journey has been profoundly influenced by a deep dedication to animal welfare. From volunteering as a guide dog puppy raiser, to contributing at Miranda's Rescue, and working at Healing Spirit Animal Wellness Center, each experience has played a crucial role in shaping my aspirations. As I embark on the path towards a major in Animal Science or Zoology, I am driven by a holistic commitment to excel in the field of veterinary medicine, armed with a blend of practical experiences and academic dedication to make a meaningful impact.
    Nicholas Hamlin Tennis Memorial Scholarship
    Tennis has been an incredible journey for me, teaching me valuable lessons both on and off the court. As a member of the Arcata High School Girls Varsity Tennis team for all four years of high school, I have had the privilege of being part of a team that has remained undefeated for the past 16 years. This remarkable achievement has not only instilled in me a sense of pride, but has also taught me the importance of dedication, teamwork, and perseverance. Playing tennis has taught me the value of hard work and commitment. It takes countless hours of practice, both individually and as a team, to maintain the level of excellence that our team has achieved. Whether it's honing our skills during intense drills or pushing ourselves to the limit during conditioning sessions, I have learned that success in tennis, as in life, requires consistent effort and a willingness to go the extra mile. Being part of a successful team has also taught me the importance of teamwork and collaboration. Tennis may be an individual sport, but playing doubles with my identical twin sister has shown me the power of working together towards a common goal. Our ability to communicate effectively, anticipate each other's moves, and support one another has been crucial in our victories on the court. This experience has taught me the value of trust, cooperation, and the strength that comes from a unified team. One of the most memorable moments of my tennis career was during our junior year at sections. We faced tough opponents at the number three doubles position and emerged victorious. This victory taught me the importance of resilience and mental toughness. Despite facing challenges and setbacks, we remained focused, maintained a positive mindset, and never gave up. This experience has taught me that success is not always about being the most skilled or talented, but about having the determination and mental fortitude to overcome obstacles. Our senior year brought another unforgettable moment when we competed at sections and won our match at the number two doubles position. Splitting sets and then winning the third set in a tie break, we were the only members of our team to secure a victory. This experience taught me the importance of seizing opportunities and making the most of them. It reminded me that even in the face of adversity, with hard work, determination, and belief in oneself, anything is possible. Lastly, playing tennis has taught me the importance of resilience and the ability to compete against formidable opponents. Despite being from a small public high school from a rural area in far Northern California, our team has consistently held its own against large, wealthy private schools in the Bay Area. This experience has taught me that success is not determined by external factors such as resources or location, but by the determination, skill, and heart that one brings to the game. In conclusion, my journey in tennis has taught me invaluable life lessons. From the importance of hard work and dedication, to the power of teamwork and resilience, tennis has shaped me into a stronger individual both on and off the court. I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that tennis has provided me, and I look forward to continuing to grow and learn from this incredible sport.
    Keep Her Dream Alive Scholarship
    My educational journey has been profoundly shaped by my unwavering dedication to animal welfare. As a volunteer Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raiser, a member of the Healing Spirit Animal Wellness Center team, and a volunteer at Miranda's Rescue, my hands-on experiences have instilled in me a deep passion for the well-being of animals. The challenges I encountered, particularly in dealing with the health issues of guide dogs I have raised, have intensified my interest in pursuing a major in Animal Science or Zoology and solidified my aspirations to become a veterinarian. Coupled with consistent academic achievements, my commitment compels me to embrace challenges, push boundaries, and make a meaningful impact in the realm of animal science and veterinary medicine. Confronting health issues among the guide dog puppies I raised was a transformative experience. From managing neurological problems to dealing with a dog diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, each case taught me resilience and empathy. These challenges deepened my commitment to veterinary medicine, highlighting the importance of compassionate care and motivating my pursuit of a career in the field. Volunteering at Miranda's Rescue provided a unique perspective on aiding animals beyond the clinical setting. Through my contributions, I realized the significance of even small efforts in making a difference. Whether it was providing comfort to rescued animals or assisting in their daily care, these seemingly modest actions collectively played a vital role in enhancing their well-being. This experience underscored the importance of diverse contributions to animal welfare and reinforced my commitment to making a positive impact, regardless of scale, in the lives of animals. Working at Healing Spirit Animal Wellness Center has afforded me a distinctive chance to acquire valuable work experience in the veterinary field, even as a high schooler. The small-scale nature of the practice, with just one veterinarian and four veterinary assistants, ensures a dynamic learning environment where I am constantly exposed to diverse aspects of veterinary care. This intimate setting allows for hands-on engagement with various tasks, from assisting in appointments to learning about administrative responsibilities. The close-knit team fosters a collaborative learning atmosphere, enabling me to continually absorb new insights and skills in veterinary medicine. This unique opportunity has not only enriched my understanding of the field but has also reinforced my passion for pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. In conclusion, my educational journey has been profoundly influenced by a deep dedication to animal welfare. From volunteering as a guide dog puppy raiser, to contributing at Miranda's Rescue, and working at Healing Spirit Animal Wellness Center, each experience has played a crucial role in shaping my aspirations. As I embark on the path towards a major in Animal Science or Zoology, I am driven by a holistic commitment to excel in the field of veterinary medicine, armed with a blend of practical experiences and academic dedication to make a meaningful impact.