Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Meet Jasmine Cook

Administrative Office Specialist

School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering

Jamine reading the Japanese novel,
A Certain Scientific Railgun.
Are you from Richmond? If not, where were you born and raised, and what brought you to Richmond?
Yes, I am a native of Richmond.

You have worked for Reynolds for seven years. What do you like most about working here?
What I like most about working at Reynolds is working with dependable co-workers in my department and other academic schools and having the opportunity to work under our school dean, Mr. Raymond Burton. Another would be getting to interact with both students and faculty with diverse backgrounds.

What is the most important lesson you have learned from working at Reynolds?
The most important lesson that I have learned from working at Reynolds is to always be accountable for my interactions with students and my co-workers. In addition to this, to be consistent with following through with my job duties.

In 2014 you got an associate degree from Reynolds. This past spring you just graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and have been accepted into their master’s program in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. What drew you to the field of Criminal Justice, and what are your career goals?
Having been in foster care between age nine and eighteen, I was in the state care. What I desire to do with my degree is to help youth who have aged out of foster care or those who are still in foster care, but have had problems with the justice system or courts. I want to be a mentor to them and help them understand their own worth. And even though the odds are against them and having experienced adversity, they can push themselves to be able to stand on their own two feet.

To accomplish so much requires time management skills. What time management advice would you give to others?
I took four eight-week classes at Liberty University this summer (at the same time!) That requires much management of one’s time. A bit of advice that I would give to others would be to have high expectations of yourself and set goals for yourself that are both attainable and impact oneself in a positive way.

Who inspired you to push yourself educationally?
First, I inspired myself to push myself educationally. Being that I am the first out of my family to finish high school, community college and obtain my Bachelor’s degree. Second, my foster parents and my immediate family. And finally, my co-workers and my the coaches in the Great Expectations program.

One of Jasmine's drawings.
You like to listen to Japanese, Korean, and rock music. That is quite a combination. How did you get interested in Japanese music, animation, drawing, and novels?
I was interested when I was watching Saturday morning cartoons. On one channel was an anime called Sailor Moon (it was a re-run of course), and I instantly fell in love with this show. Today, I am still in love with anime and even read manga (Japanese graphic novels). I have so much manga, that I even donated a few series to the Reynolds Library. When I do listen to the music, it takes me to a different place and it is very unique, and that is why I love anime, manga and music. 

If you won $100 million dollars in the Powerball Lottery, what would you do first?
If I did win $100 million dollars in the Powerball Lottery, first I would pay my dues to the people who have helped me such as my foster parents. Because without them, I would have not been the person that I am today. My way is always giving your dues and giving back to those who have helped you along the way.