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Jasmina Kovacevic

Hi my name is Jasmina Kovacevic. I’m a senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I graduated from Lake Nona High School in 2015. I aspire to be a pediatric oncologist.

My favorite class thus far has been Organic Chemistry 2. I enjoyed this class because it clicked for me and tied into a lot of the biology I was learning in other class. I became fascinated by this subject and how it seems to tie into other subjects and the world around me. I now have been a teaching assistant for this course for two semesters and am hoping to help students see the patterns I see.

I decided to become a STEM ambassador to encourage more girls to pursue majors in STEM, especially those who come from first generation families like myself. I moved to America when I was only 3 years old and had to figure out college for myself. I always had my parents support but naturally they did not know much about the education system here in the U.S. This was a bit discouraging for me in the beginning, as others had it easier, however I decided to not let this stray me from my dreams. I hope as a STEM ambassador I can show others that it does not matter where you start, but rather where you finish.

Some advice I have for future STEM students is to get involved, get to know your professors and peers. The people you surround yourself will inevitably have an effect on who you are. It is also important to find time for yourself. When I am not studying I enjoy reading a good book by the pool. Managing stress levels in college is essential to succeeding so find what helps you ground yourself.