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Jasmine Otu - Class of 2015 - Psychology major - Bronx, N.Y.

A Leader of Distinction

March 24, 2014

For Jasmine Otu, receiving a W.H. Plemmons Leader Fellow Scholarship and a Diversity Scholarship has greatly fostered her leadership development at Appalachian State University.

“Through both programs, I have had the opportunity to take unique classes with priority registration, live in my preferred residence hall, interact with faculty and staff who are highly recognized by the university, connect with a variety of student leaders, and so much more,” says Otu. She is a psychology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, with plans for graduate school.

It didn’t take long for Otu to become a campus leader. She has been an officer on The Coordinating Council of Clubs and a peer reviewer for IMPULSE Neuroscience Journal. She currently serves on the Student Conduct Board, is parliamentarian for The Order of Black and Gold, is a member of the Black Student Association, helps with research in the Department of Psychology and works in Student Programs. She also has found time to study abroad in Italy and France.

In Spring 2013, Otu was among a select group of outstanding students named a Leader of Distinction by Appalachian’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership for her campus contributions and exceptional academic standing.

“I love my major and Appalachian State University. I chose Appalachian because it was unlike any university I had ever seen before,” she says. “I really loved the fact that there was a resource for pretty much anything I could ever need during my college experience.”

What’s the most important skill she has learned so far? “That networking is more than important, because the people that you meet throughout your life may also be the people who can open doors for you,” she says.