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San Jose Volunteer Coordinator
Born in San Jose, CA, Jasmin lived most of her life in Fresno, CA. Graduated from Sunnyside high school with three scholarship offers to play tennis. She decided to play for a Christian college in Fullerton, CA. As she did what she loved most—playing tennis, school was not a priority and she did not apply herself academically. As time went on, she eventually understood how important school was, so she started applying herself. She soon realized that school was able to give her the same happiness that tennis had. This created the new Jasmin—an overachieving bookworm. She is currently working on her undergraduate degree in Biology with a concentration in Physiology, and a minor in Chemistry and Health Science. Her plan is to attend medical school, and fulfil her dream of becoming a Pediatrician. Aside from her studies, she is a Tennis Professional, and co-founder of GRT Tennis Academy. Jasmin is also a Medical Assistant at an acupuncture clinic in San Jose, CA. At her University—Cal State East Bay, she is a Peer Mentor, which provides assistance to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Jasmin volunteers at Stanford Blood center, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and lastly, she gives Zumba classes at a church. Everything Jasmin does comes from passion deep within her heart, all she wants to do is help, and give hope to others. This has ultimately lead her to start the non-profit organization “Letters to Hope.” This idea first came to her when she saw the news of the terror attack in Manchester, England. She felt so helpless because she felt there was nothing she could do to help. She could not physically, nor financially help, but she soon realized there is something she can do. She decided that she could make a difference by sending letters of hope and encouragement. It is her belief that these letters will give strength, faith and hope to people in need, and act as shining light at the end of the tunnel.
Jasmin Zaragoza first started Letters to Hope at her university, Cal State East Bay. She has the drive to expand the program in different countries, and that is what led her to Romania. Grigore Ghica National College is a great school with wonderful student leaders.
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