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Student Spotlight: Jasmine Roth '14

Hometown: Manchester, N.H.
: Theater
Minor: Dance and Organizing Theme ("Creative Multimedia Narrative") 

Why Union:
The balloons! I had toured 15 schools before visiting Union, and this was the only school that put out balloons for accepted students. Union was also the only school with greeters at the gate. I felt appreciated. Also, I got a scholarship package that made saying no impossible. 

Most inspiring class:
Acting I with Patsy Culbert, the first theater class I had ever taken. Professor Culbert introduced me to what it really meant to be a theater professional. I knew then that this was definitely my life ambition – and that I had come to the right place.

I’m always in a production with either the Theater or Dance Department. I also have been involved with Multifaith Forum, Mountebanks, Interfaith Youth Core, Wells House, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Charitea Time, Ballroom Club, Orientation, the Ramée Historical Tour Guides, Omicron Delta Kappa, Fencing Club and the Kenney Community Center. 

Favorite study spot:
Jackson’s Garden when it’s warm outside; the third and fourth floors of Reamer Campus Center in the colder months.

Things I'm passionate about at Union:
The impressive professors and helping others. With the Kenney Center, tons of community service clubs, great organizations in Schenectady and campuswide volunteer opportunities, it’s easy to find ways to give to the campus and the city.

Other passions:
Theater, of course, and leading a spiritual life. My faith defines who I am. I’m also passionate about making a difference in the world around me.

How I'm making Union a better place:
Working through the Office of Religious and Spiritual life, I’m striving to transform the campus culture into one that promotes peaceful dialogue among groups, is open to spirituality and respects individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Looking into the future:
I plan to search for work at theater companies around the country.

Advice for incoming students:
Be proactive, research scholarship opportunities, create an Organizing Theme major, join the club you’re most intimidated to join and go to Minerva events.