photo of visla jasmeenYear in School: 5th

Hometown: Yuba City, CA

Major(s): Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

Minor(s)/Concentration(s):

On-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations: 
Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative (BPSHI)- Former Treasurer, Former President

Shifa Clinic- Former Outreach Coordinator

Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?
During my sophomore year, I learned the ropes and how to get involved. As a general member, I got involved but I wanted to know more about the administrative side. I wanted to help new members learn and grow like upperclassmen did for me. I wanted to help my organizations grow and reach out to the underserved communities. The main thing is to raise awareness; not just within the underserved communities but among the students as well. I’ve done trainings and it is great to see undergraduates come back and share what they learned and know that they have grown.

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?
The most important thing I've learned is to be understanding of others. I’m from a small community where there was not a lot of diversity. When I came here, there were so many people with different ideas and experiences. I might not agree but it is important I understand them. For example, I need to understand the patients I work with and serve. It has helped me be more open-minded. I am really a people person.

What is your most memorable experience at UC Davis? What is your favorite UC, Davis tradition?
The event I started- Bhangra Bash. I was scared at first. I was not sure how it would turn out. I’d never held such a big leadership role before. There was so much to do! In the end, it was great being able to bring so many people together, have a successful event, and get great feedback. It is something that will stick with me the rest of my life. It was something I really enjoyed. It was a realization that students can do anything. If you take initiative you can get a lot done

What is your favorite UC, Davis tradition?

I'm sentimental having been here four years. Just eating lunch and hanging out on the quad. There is so much stuff going on around you but it is good to sit back and enjoy.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?
I would tell someone, “Do it.” Get involved as early as you can. You get a lot out of it. The friends you make will last a lifetime. I wish I could go back and redo my freshman year and get involved sooner. I've learned more about myself outside of class than in it. That is what college is about.

How does getting involved complement your studies?
For me, I'm a biology major and I learn about the physiology of humans. Working in the clinic, I get to work with real patients. I can see how to apply what I am learning in class when talking to med students, doctors, and patients. Also, CRD and Psych classes taught me about racism. It helped open my eyes and prepared me to go out in the community and work with different people from different communities.

What are your future plans? (How has your involvement on campus prepared you for life after graduation?)
I hope that in the future, I can go to medical school, become a physician, and work with underserved communities.

Fun Facts

  • Role Model: My parents. They immigrated here, had an arranged marriage, and started a business. Seeing how much they gave to the community made me want to do community service.
  • Favorite Quote/Motto: “Be happy.”  It makes everything more enjoyable and your life easier.
  • Hobbies: Exercise, biking, hiking, baking, and cooking.