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Student Ambassador Profile – Jasia Dickerson, BSBE ’19

Name: Jasia Dickerson
Class: Senior
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?
I applied to be a student ambassador for two reasons. The first is because I love giving advice especially those to those who are younger than and are still trying to figure out their lives. The second reason is to add diversity to the group. I want potential students and donors to be able to see a well rounded group of ambassadors from all different backgrounds, races and cultures.

What advice would you offer to new engineering students?
My number one advice I give to to all new engineering students is to find a friend group that pushes you to be your best. Find friends that have that same drive to do well and study with you.

Describe what you are doing in this position.
In my position, I am able to give new students a unique perspective on college life. I try my best explain the importance of having a balanced life, because while students are ultimately here to learn and receive a degree, they also have to remember to have fun, enjoy extra activities and find their passions.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you in your position?
The College of Engineering (CoE) has taught me to never get discouraged. My advice to current and potential students is to focus on learning the material, because while grades are important, they do not always reflect your work ethic and ability to thrive in the industry.

Which College student organization stands out to you and why?
Canes Night Live is one of my favorite organizations on campus. At the end of every month they host a huge event that brings together the entire campus. The food, music, activities and free giveaways is a fun experience with friends as well as a great opportunity to meet new people.

What do you feel you are getting out of this position?
It brings me joy that I am making a positive influence on new and prospective students. Additionally, being a student ambassador keeps me humble and constantly striving toward new goals and accomplishments.

What did you do during your summer 2018 break?
During my summer 2018 break, I had the opportunity to be a research assistant for Abhishek Prasad, assistant professor in the CoE’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, where I conducted research on neuroprosthetics. I had the opportunity to learn new technical skills while working in his lab and was able to take those skills back to the classroom with me.

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