4x4: Jasmine Williams '11

Wed, 10/20/2010 (All day)
Jasmine Williams

Jasmine Williams ’11

Theodore, Ala.

Communication Arts Major (Journalism)

If Jasmine Williams could summarize her experience on the Hill with one word, it would be “awakening.”

“I am definitely a different person now than I was four years ago, and I would like to think that’s good thing,” she says.

During her junior year, Williams interned at the local FOX affiliate, WALA-TV; volunteered at Strickland Youth Center in Mobile; led a freshman seminar group; and was active in her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. She served as vice president of records for Lambda Pi Eta, the national communications honor society, and as a reporter for The SpringHillian student newspaper.

“I had a lot of ups, and sometimes downs, but it was a great experience,” she says of her time on The SpringHillian staff.

Over the summer, Williams worked with the Catholic Volunteer Network in Washington D.C., during her first visit to the nation’s capital. “I was able to visit and experience so much of our nation’s history for the first time and learn more on how I can be more involved in community service, now and post-graduation,” she says. “I would definitely say it was a life-changing experience.”

This semester Williams is interning at WPMI-TV, an NBC affiliate, and she is looking forward to gaining more experience in the journalism field and working on her senior seminar project. However, she is keeping her options open, as she hopes to travel and explore international service opportunities.

“During my senior year I am planning to take the time to smooth all of the edges,” she says. “This is the time to say and do all of the things I haven’t done. This is my time to prove myself, to my professors, the college and my department.”

Williams’s advice to underclassmen, including her sister Jatorri, who is a member of this year’s freshman class: “Live your years whole-heartedly so that you can’t look back and say that there’s something you would have done differently. Always look for opportunities to help others. Anyone can say they changed themselves, but to say you made a significant difference in someone else’s life is big deal.”