With a degree in kinesiology, Jasmine Rodak (BA ’23) has excelled academically while forging meaningful connections with professors and peers. Her experiences range from active participation in the local hockey community to valuable life lessons, emphasizing physical health and resilience. Her liberal education experience has broadened her horizons, supported by scholarships and awards, and consistently earned her a place on the Dean's Honours List.
Learning how to face adversity and uncertainty is a huge lesson of university. The feeling of ambiguity taught me how to find peace in uncomfortable situations, work through alternative solutions, and control what was in my control.
Meet Jasmine. Intuitive. Intentional. Compassionate.
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Program: Bachelor of Arts | Major: Kinesiology
What is your most memorable ULethbridge experience?
It is challenging to compartmentalize the diversity of my experiences while at ULethbridge. My most memorable experiences include making meaningful connections with professors and students across disciplines, living on campus in my first year, playing hockey in the community, and developing a vast array of personal and academic skills.
What is the most important lesson you learned during your time at ULethbridge?
The biggest takeaway from my degree would be the importance of ongoing physical health and wellness for sustaining a healthy body and mind throughout life.
Learning how to face adversity and uncertainty is also a huge lesson of university. The feeling of ambiguity taught me how to find peace in uncomfortable situations, work through alternative solutions, and control what was in my control.
What have you gained from the liberal education experience at ULethbridge?
As I began my undergrad intending to pursue an education degree, I was narrow-minded in my academic pursuit towards this goal. Receiving a liberal education was monumental as it allowed me to learn across disciplines, discover many different career options and develop a well-rounded perspective moving into the real world.
Is there someone specific who had an important influence on your ULethbridge experience?
Many professors showed remarkable support for my academic success throughout my degree. A significant influence in my fourth year was Dr. Jon Doan, who helped guide me through career opportunities and offered continuous support through my decision-making process. Another profound influence throughout my degree was Dr. Sean Brayton, who continually provided rich scholarly feedback, furthering my academic proficiency and confidence.
Did you receive scholarships and awards?
I received the Alexander Rutherford, Jason Lang, and Fortis Alberta scholarships throughout my undergraduate degree. These awards allowed me more time to focus on my studies and eased living costs.
I also achieved the Dean's Honours List in Fall 21', Spring 22' and Spring 23'.
What are your hopes/plans for the future?
I am excited to enjoy a year off of school before pursuing a master's degree in occupational therapy. I'm looking forward to the new challenges and adventures that will come!
What advice would you give to those about to begin their journey at ULethbridge?
Don't be afraid to talk to people, especially your professors! They will help you so much through your degree and beyond. Becoming involved in the community through sports, clubs and activities in and around Lethbridge is a great way to make friends and get away from school!
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