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Mentoring focus of senior’s college career

Jasmine Spratling

Jasmine Spratling has spent most of her four years at Bowling Green State University helping others. The psychology major has been heavily involved in mentoring programs both on and off campus and plans to make mental health counseling her career.

“I want to work children and adolescents and I’d love to create my own mentoring organization for girls,” Spratling said. “I think girls need more attention, they seem to go through a lot more problems at a younger age.”

The senior from Detroit has a lot of experience mentoring young women. She is the president of a campus organization called Exceptional Intellectual Ladies, which focuses on middle and high school students.

“A lot of the children I’ve worked with in the past, they haven’t received the attention they need from their families or guardians and have gone through obstacles I can’t even imagine. I feel like I’m the person who can help them. It’s a very rewarding experience.”

Growing up in Michigan, Spratling didn’t know anything about BGSU until she encountered University representatives at a college fair.

“They were doing applications on site, so I applied. I got accepted, but I still didn’t have an urge to attend Bowling Green,” she explained.

A meeting with her high school counselor changed her college course. “He talked to me about someone who had graduated from my high school who was doing really well at BGSU.”

The counselor explained that the student was doing so well because he was part of the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy (PLA). She was encouraged to apply for the PLA as well and was accepted. Students in the PLA receive a full tuition scholarship for their four years at BGSU. PLA scholars follow a curriculum that engages them in classes, workshops, experiential learning and community service.

“It was a wonderful decision to come to BGSU. If it wasn’t for the scholarship I don’t know where I’d be right now. I’d be in school, but I don’t know if I’d be graduating on time. It was a really good choice for me.”

Spratling isn’t done with higher education. She’ll be headed to graduate school in the fall and says leaving BGSU will be bittersweet.

“My time at BG has been more exciting than I expected it to be. I made some great friends and now we’re going our own way, which will be hard. But I know that what I’ve learned here will help me manage my time in graduate school and be independent in the real world.”