"Doing any service for anybody is good for you. It makes you think about how fortunate you are..."
Jasmine Long '21 became involved with the SMCM chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which takes a trip every year over spring break to Greenville, Georgia, where they spend the week building a house. Long noted, "Doing service for anybody is good for you. It makes you think about how fortunate you are...there's always someone who has less than you." Her first trip with Habitat for Humanity was so impactful that Long decided to change her major after she returned from Georgia.
During her sophomore year, Long became a student member of the College's Board of Trustees. "I wanted to affect change at the school," she said of deciding to take on the job. "I want to better the school for people who look like me; I want people to come here and stay here." She is working with clubs and student organizations that often feel overlooked to ensure that equal opportunities are provided.
Long plans to take these empathetic skills with her into the job world -- she wants to work to provide preventative and affordable healthcare for all.