As a Psychology major, Jasmine focused
her interests on a research course for the
psychology poster session at the end of
the spring 2015 semester. Her research
centered on Applied Behavior Analysis at
an area preschool. She worked with the
children on a variety of activities to
observe their reactions to different types
of rewards when they successfully
completed a task.
In addition to creating the poster for
the final presentation, Jasmine had to
prepare for questions viewers might ask
and be able to explain why the research
was relevant and applicable to other situations or environments.
“This opportunity has helped me re-
ally understand what goes on before re-
search is published,” Jasmine explained.
“There are so many regulations and
rules to be followed. I learned all the ins
and outs about research and publishing,
and honed my presentation skills. Being
able to answer the questions at the
poster presentation showed that I actu-
ally understood the work I was doing
and its importance.”
Jasmine learned so much from her
poster presentation that she decided to
enroll in the second part of the research
course. She also took on a new project,
something her professors felt she had the
“Jasmine’s success in the area of re-
search is due to her ability to combine
academic, leadership, and professional
skills,” said Jasmine’s academic advisor,
Dr. Ava Kleinmann. “She is definitely a
role model for other students in our
program. She is social, works well with
others, and exudes confidence and pro-
Experiential learning enriched her
perspective in both psychology and ed-
ucation. Jasmine interned at an alterna-
tive high school in East Hartford, CT,
that helps at-risk youth earn their high
school diplomas. She spent much of her
time assisting in English classes, as
English was a second language for
some of he students, and they needed
extra attention and guidance.
For her second internship, Jasmine
worked at Hillcrest Educational Centers
Inc., a nonprofit residential treatment
program. She spent time in Human Resources, and was also a direct care
worker, responsible for multiple children diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
She worked one-on-one with them on
schoolwork and art and music projects.
She also aided them with hygiene and
assisted with meals.
Jasmine was faced with giving con-
stant supervision to children who had
specific needs, as well as very aggres-
sive, self-injurious behavior. Before
starting her internship, she participated
in a therapeutic crisis intervention pro-
gram developed by Cornell University,
so she could react appropriately to ag-
gressive behaviors she encountered.
“It was a very hard job,” she said.
“But the children had so many more
good days than bad days, and I got to
see them make progress in just a short
three months. Only eight hours of my
day helped them reach milestones in
Jasmine was recently rewarded for
her hard work and dedication to her ed-
ucation with the Who’s Who Among
American Colleges and Universities
award. She says her time at the Univer-
sity has been critical to her success.
“Western New England University
has offered so much to me. I had amazing job opportunities as an undergraduate, and I cannot wait to see how these
experiences will shape me as a graduate student,” she said.
After graduation, Jasmine plans to
pursue graduate school, and later, a
Ph.D. in clinical or counseling psychology. Her goal is to become a licensed
psychologist, and later work in higher
education or as a college professor. n
Jasmine Chee has spent much of her time on campus as a mentor in a variety of capacities, including
participating in the Office of Diversity Programs and Services Connections Mentoring program, working as
a First Year Seminar Assistant, and as a student mentor in the Office of Student Disabilities Services. Jasmine
thrived in these roles because she felt she was cultivating meaningful connections and creating impactful
change. As she discovered her calling in helping others through mentorship, Jasmine changed her major from
Criminal Justice to Psychology because it would give her the skills and expertise to counsel others through
their personal life challenges. She also added a minor in Education, as she sees it as a vital bridge
to potentially working in a school setting.
SENIOR JASMINE CHEE USES PSYCHOLOGY AND MENTORING
EXPERTISE TO ENRICH THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE FOR HERSELF AND OTHERS