A passion for creative writing
When Jasmine Cervik decided to pursue a degree in business at Purdue University Northwest (PNW), she did not anticipate her journey would be quite so interesting. As she graduates, Friday, Dec. 8, with a bachelor’s degree in management coupled with a minor in creative writing, she is now eager to take on the workforce and face new challenges. But if she has learned one thing for certain, it’s that being open and involved are the keys to success.
The Kouts resident chose Purdue Northwest because it was close to home, affordable and accommodated her busy life. She was also drawn to the fact that PNW could offer her an educational foundation that would position her for a practical career in management.
It wasn’t very long before she began to shine academically and her professors were quick to encourage her to develop her communication strengths by adding a creative writing minor.
Cervik found her passion and really enjoyed exploring the creative writing outlet. “Now I’m looking forward to combining my background in writing with my business degree to potentially work on grant proposals or writing projects.”
A pivotal experience
During her studies at PNW, Cervik was not looking forward to taking the required science lab course. Professor of Biological Sciences Vanessa Quinn offered an uncommon learning experience exploring nature first-hand during a biology course in the Smoky Mountains. Cervik jumped at the opportunity to study outside of the traditional classroom and found the experience fascinating.
“I experienced new things and met people I wouldn’t have met otherwise,” said Cervik. “I would encourage everyone to consider studying in a non-traditional, hands-on setting, if possible.”
By embracing this educational process, Cervik realized how much she enjoyed opening up to new learning environments and practices.
Cervik also knew her involvement in campus activities was essential to her priority of becoming a well-rounded student.
“The organizations and events with which I’ve been involved have helped push me out of my comfort zone. I took risks and accepted responsibilities you don’t get when you keep your college experience boxed within classes.”
With more than 100 student organizations from which to choose, Cervik found plenty of opportunities to be a part of something bigger. Her academic achievements pointed her toward involvement in the Honors College and Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society. Additionally, she acted as treasurer of the Business Leadership Society; a member of the College of Business Student Advisory Council; and as Student Editor-in-Chief of Portals, a student literary journal. She also presented her written work in the annual PNW Stark-Tinkham Writing Contest where she placed in both nonfiction and critical essay contests.
The former College of Business Assistant Dean, who now serves as Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Lori Feldman, worked directly with Cervik in various meetings and through the College of Business Student Advisory Council. “Jasmine is a great example for others. She was always very eager to contribute and share her experience,” said Feldman.
Trying new things
“All of the organizations and projects in which I was involved allowed me to try new things and this has made the biggest difference,” said Cervik. “I built relationships and friendships that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”
Cervik completed her bachelor’s degree in business management in less than four years. During her commencement ceremony, she was honored with the Chancellor’s Medallion as one of two students achieving the highest GPA within the College of Business.