Trojan Spotlight

Ambitious

Natasha Immaraj

Jasmine Torres
Sociology, Minor in Children and Families in Urban America
Los Angeles, CA

Nominator:
Martha Enciso, Ed.D., Associate Director, Office of Academic and International Fellowships

Career Goals:
I plan to receive my Ph.D in Sociology or Urban Schooling. I want to become a professor as well as be engaged in Student Affairs.

Nomination letter:

I am very pleased to recommend Jasmine Torres to represent the Ambitious trait of a Trojan.
Her ability to inspire others to succeed, her passion for education, and determination to improve the well-being of her peers makes her a strong representative of the Ambitious trait.

Jasmine is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, a Norman Topping Scholar, a McNair Scholar, and a Neighborhood Academic Initiative Scholar. Through her work as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Jasmine has highlighted a population within higher education that remains overseen: college going foster youth. Upon hearing her speak about her own experience and that of other foster youth at USC, one is immediately inspired to learn more. Jasmine’s attention to a small underserved population is impressive. She continues to pursue opportunities to educate students, staff, and faculty about the experiences of foster youth and their potential to succeed in higher education. She realized the importance of giving college going foster youth a voice in academia and has presented at national conferences regarding the topic. Through her research, she hopes to assist in developing programs at USC which assist foster youth enrolled at the university. Her project will greatly benefit the local and USC community for many years to come. Her commitment to improving the pathways to higher education for her peers as well as her commitment to educating others makes her an outstanding Trojan.

What does it mean to be a member of the Trojan Family?:

Wow. Being part of the Trojan Family has changed my life. Never have I been part of a family that has shown such genuine care for me and who believe in my ability to succeed and accomplish all my dreams. Since I have been at USC, I have been so fortunate to travel all around the U.S. and even out of the country to Japan. Being a part of the Trojan Family means I can go to people to ask for help, to share my fears as well as my aspirations. Knowing that I have people at USC- students, professors, and programs like the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and the Neighborhood Academic Initiative has touched my heart. Their unconditional support keeps me going during the tough times. I appreciate the kindness so so much.

Being a part of this close knit family means I have a support network I can count on if I'm in a rut. That feeling is such a good feeling- knowing that I have people to call my friends and family. Here- I can share laughs with friends, and wear my Cardinal and Gold with much much pride.
Mostly, being a Trojan means I have a family that goes beyond our campus in Los Angeles. In all sincerity, being a part of the Trojan family means I can ride my bike across campus and hear the band playing on the track and know I am truly right where I belong. I am home.

Trait Definitions

Faithful: Staying true to oneself and loyal to USC and its ideals and values.
Scholarly: Dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge inside and outside the classroom, through research, free inquiry, and informed risk-taking.
Skillful: Striving for excellence in developing and refining one's talents and abilities.
Courageous: Daring to fight for one's values and beliefs, even in the face of adversity.
Ambitious: Committed to exercising the entrepreneurial spirit in order to make meaningful contributions to society.

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