“I like to be uncomfortable—to encounter new perspectives, go out into the world, and learn new things about it.”
Jazmine Wilson '12 believes in making connections. As a member of the Diversity Action Council (DAC), she worked within the campus and Lexington communities to promote a wider range of understanding among different cultures. Her outreach work with DAC, Wilson says, helped prepare her for interning with Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
While most of Wilson's internship involved "behind the scenes" work, she's also had the opportunity to extend a hand to refugees in need. "They are so vulnerable, so I like to help them out any way I can," Wilson says. "The most rewarding aspect is just getting a thank you."
Wilson's work has included setting up appointments for refugees, helping fill out applications for those who don't know English, and visiting homes. "It's amazing how friendly they are," she says.
Wilson hopes to maintain her connection with refugees beyond graduation. Her plans may not reflect the typical anthropology major, but she says, "there are a lot of different things you can do with anthropology." Wilson aspires to be a veterinarian. "I think you can apply skills in anthropology to the vet field," she says. "People with animals can be their own unique culture."
Jokes aside, Wilson sees the beauty of anthropology within its flexibility. "You can connect all other disciplines with anthropology," she says. And Wilson is walking proof of that. Between Transylvania's campus, her internship, and her job at PetSmart, she is continually making the connections—continually seeing how learning about humanity impacts everything we do in the world.