Jassmine Marquez (BS ‘18, MS ‘20)

A portrait of Jassmine Marquez sitting outdoors on the steps of a garden.

As an undergraduate honors student and G-Force mentor, Jassmine Marquez guided others to pursue higher education. Now, as a Texas Woman’s graduate student, she is continuing to help other students as an internship ambassador and academic coach.

Marquez graduated from TWU with a BS in Child Development, emphasis in Child Life, in the spring of 2018. A scholarship allowed her to continue at Texas Woman’s to pursue an MS in Child Life.

During her time as an undergraduate student, Marquez was a first-year experience ambassador, SUCCESS mentee and G-Force student leader, serving as manager of organizational activities her second year and vice-president of G-Force her last year.

“In high school, I received little guidance on my road to college except for my mom's persistence in that I was going to college,” says Marquez. “Being a mentor allowed me to motivate and encourage students who, like me, had no idea where to start.”

Now as a graduate student, Marquez serves on campus as an internship ambassador with the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence assisting with organizing workshops, presentations and events to help students begin their internship search.

My college experiences have given me the opportunity to thrive as a first-generation Latina student and I couldn't be more grateful for everything TWU has given me.

Off-campus, Marquez interned as an academic coach with Kids-U, providing summer camps for low-income children from kindergarten to eighth grade. “I gained so much from my interactions with children that without a doubt will benefit me in my future career,” says Marquez. “This internship led to a job offering, and I continue to work as an academic coach with Kids-U.”

Marquez credits her undergraduate mentor Michelle Buggs, director of undergraduate academic programs, and Angelica Landeros-Henderson, associate director of diversity, inclusion and outreach, for “helping me grow as a student leader.”

“My college experiences have given me the opportunity to thrive as a first-generation Latina student,” Marquez says, “and I couldn't be more grateful for everything TWU has given me.”

In high school, I received little guidance on my road to college except for my mom's persistence in that I was going to college. Being a mentor allowed me to motivate and encourage students who, like me, had no idea where to start.

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