Student Spotlight: Jazmin Galindo
Jazmin Galindo’s passion for travel started at a young age.
“I spent summers in Guatemala and moved across the country several times,” she said. “When I learned I could travel for a living, I became fixated on the idea.”
She was hesitant about whether to attend College of DuPage or North Central College.
“It was a last-minute decision, but getting involved with the COD Student Ambassador program the summer before classes began won me over,” she said. “I immediately felt connected to the campus once I got involved.”
Galindo also received three scholarships: the Foundation’s Textbook Scholarship, the Foundation’s Need-Based Scholarship and the Study Abroad Scholarship, which allowed her to travel to France. She was a big fan of the Learning Commons, where tutoring helped get her through math classes.
She also was an officer for the Latino Ethnic Awareness Association, which helped to strengthen her leadership skills.
“I consider myself fortunate to have worked with a wonderful group of people at the Latino Outreach Center,” she said. “The Latino Outreach Center coordinator, Saraliz Jimenez, has been a wonderful mentor. I wouldn’t have done so well without her encouragement and the opportunities she has provided for me.”
Galindo graduated with her Associate in Arts degree and landed a job with Apple Vacations, where one of her co-workers saw her student spotlight while looking for travel classes at COD.
After taking a year off from school to gain experience in the industry, Galindo became a Hispanic Scholarship Fund scholar and is now attending North Central College, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Spanish. Through NCC, she participated on a service trip to Nicaragua and plans to travel to Greece and Italy through study abroad programs.
Galindo also would like to continue moving up within the travel industry.
“I’m an ambitious person. I have no doubt that I will succeed,” she said. “I encourage any students attending College of DuPage to get involved around campus. There’s something for everybody. You don’t need a four-year school to make new friends when you have no idea what you want to do in life. All you need is an open mind and a smile.”
(Photo by Edgar Lomeli/Edgar J. Photography)
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