Jasmine Varela Mares

Jasmine Varela Mares

During her time at UC San Diego, junior Jasmine Varela Mares has discovered her passion for public health and helping others. She has volunteered at the campus’s Early Childhood Education Center, interned with a university program that helps those with schizophrenia live independently and dedicated time to several community nonprofits.

A first-generation college student whose parents immigrated from Mexico, Mares is also a founding member of the Preuss Alumni Association, which matches Preuss School alumni with current students to mentor. The organization also connects Preuss alumni with community members, hosts community service projects and provides career and networking opportunities.

Mares has made her mark on the campus, but next, she would like to take her service to the next level—internationally. “I’m hoping to go to South Korea,” she says. “I want to learn a new language and obtain a better understanding of the way the education and health system work in South Korea.”

According to Mares, receiving the Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship has been invaluable, as it has allowed her to concentrate on her education rather than worrying about finances. “This scholarship has helped out a lot because I haven’t had to take out loans and can instead focus my direction on figuring out my career path,” says Mares.”

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