Jasmine Madalena‚Äôs climb up the Knocknarea mountain serves as a metaphor for her study abroad experience in Ireland.
‚ÄúI met people along the way, I wanted to give up many times, I got to see the most breathtaking landscape and, at the end when I got to the top, I felt proud, excited and ready to see more,‚ÄĚ Jasmine explains.
After graduating from Fleming College‚Äôs Hospitality ‚Äď Hotel and Restaurant Operations program in 2017, Jasmine decided to continue her studies and have an amazing adventure in Ireland by earning her Bachelor of Business in Tourism with Event Management at IT Sligo. Jasmine received credit recognition for her two years of study at Fleming College, which she applied towards her degree.
‚ÄúMy number one goal in life is to travel to as many places as this world has to offer,‚ÄĚ said Jasmine, who grew up travelling with her family and especially enjoyed their trips to Disney World.
Jasmine enrolled in Fleming‚Äôs Hospitality ‚Äď Hotel and Restaurant Operations program for a career that could take her around the world, and decided to start her independent travels by studying abroad.
‚ÄúStudying abroad gave me that opportunity to travel Europe and get my bachelor‚Äôs at the same time,‚ÄĚ said Jasmine, who visited Belfast, Giant‚Äôs Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher, kissed the Blarney Stone, enjoyed a Game of Thrones Tour and more during her time in Ireland.
‚ÄúIt was amazing, an unforgettable experience of learning– not just the program, but what Ireland has to offer as well,‚ÄĚ said Jasmine. ‚ÄúThe program can be difficult, but it taught me a lot. Most of the projects were in teams, which allowed me to meet new people and make new friends that I am still in contact with.‚Äô
‚ÄėI do believe that the things I‚Äôve learned at both Fleming and IT Sligo are very useful knowledge that I use daily. It did help me get a job after college, and I‚Äôm sure it will help me even more in the future.‚ÄĚ
Jasmine says she didn‚Äôt enjoy school growing up and it wasn‚Äôt until Fleming College that she began to love learning. She explains, ‚ÄúGrowing up, I didn‚Äôt really enjoy school. But going to Fleming, learning something I wanted to learn, got me excited to continue my studies. I also got to meet some pretty amazing people.‚ÄĚ
Jasmine enjoyed the Hospitality ‚Äď Hotel and Restaurant Operations program – especially the class field trips to visit different hotels – and is appreciative of the amazing faculty at Fleming College.
‚ÄúI‚Äôll never stop learning,‚ÄĚ said Jasmine. ‚ÄúMy only plan is to find the right career and to see the world, and I know I‚Äôll be able to with the mindset that I have. By loving myself and staying positive, I know that everything I want in life will happen.‚ÄĚ