Jasmine Schuett of Warrenville is challenging herself and her fellow students as the new Student Trustee on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees.
Sworn in during the Board’s April 25 meeting, Schuett sees her role as an opportunity to know students personally and encourage them to become involved.
“To help others, you have to put yourself in their shoes and get to know them,” she said. “My goal is to be a bridge with the students and to connect them to the Board of Trustees.”
During her sophomore and junior years at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Schuett was involved with student council and began learning about how to address issues through board interaction. She enrolled at COD because it was affordable, close to home and provided easy transfer. She also discovered a great school with many options, including the 3+1 program, which she hopes to pursue with Benedictine University after earning her associate degree in nursing.
Her career choice was influenced by her mother, a dietician at Loyola University Medical Center.
“I always wanted to help people, especially children,” said Schuett, who wants to specialize in pediatric oncology. “When they are going through a rough time, it’s important they know you are there for them. You have to be a strong person to handle nursing.”
As the student trustee, Schuett wants to work with students who have disabilities, address tuition, and make sure students have access to important resources that will help them succeed. She is inspired by her predecessor, Sonia Paul, who championed students during Board of Trustees meetings.
“I want to continue recognizing clubs during the meetings to show the amazing work being done by students on campus, not only to the board members but also to other employees and community members.”
Schuett continues to look for ways to become involved and will be a New Student Orientation leader for the fall term. She is excited to start her work as student trustee.
“I wanted to do something bigger than what I have done before,” she said. “It’s important to keep learning and challenging yourself. COD has so much to offer beyond just going to class. There are so many great ways to get involved and I encourage all students to do so.”