I’m pretty sure I recognize her, but can’t think of her name. Where did I see her? In a magazine? On television? She’s beauty, and she’s grace…She’s elegance and taste. Could it be that she’s Miss United States? She’s got to be famous for something. I should probably get her autograph just in case. Then again, that could be really awkward. What would I say? Excuse me, umm, mam, would you please sign my arm? Why? Well, I just saw your impeccable blazer-jewelry combo and your fabulous but commanding hairstyle and thought you must be pretty important.
Yep, those were basically my first thoughts when I first met Jasmine Young. With great fear and trembling, I came to learn that she’s not actually a celebrity. But after a brief conversation with her, I realized I should probably get her autograph anyways. And I suggest you do the same, too, because this girl is going places. Miss Young is today’s Renaissance Woman, boasting a variety of interests and the talent and drive to go along with them.
Jasmine poses a triple-threat among the areas of fashion, politics, and education. In less than a week, she will be graduating from Wheaton College (IL) and go on to work at Banana Republic on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. She hopes to make her way up the ladder and eventually take part in a retail manager program constructed by the company to train aspiring business-oriented fashionistas. If her talent is in any way exemplified by her wardrobe, we’ll be seeing the next First Lady in couture created by Young if she herself is not the next Mrs. Commander-in-Chief, or dare I say, president.
President is not such a stretch for this Young lady (yes, this is a pun), seeing as though she passed the Foreign Service examination on the first try while still enrolled as an undergraduate. According to a very reliable source, known by an elite few as Wikipedia, the exam is “extremely difficult” and “implemented to recruit the most outstanding Americans.” Despite what your teachers try to tell you, Wikipedia doesn’t lie. Rest assured, the test is no joke. It covers a variety of topics, from history, to technology, to mathematics. No ditzy blonde preaching “world peace” would even come close to passing. The test is just the first step of many in entering the Foreign Service, so the world will just have to sit back and wait to find out which country will be blessed with her ambassadorship. Last semester she was an intern at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs; next year, she could be a guest.
And just in case she’s not busy enough styling and politicizing, she can do some education administrating on the side. After four years at Wheaton College, she has developed great insight into the needs of the university. She stresses the importance of fostering exposure to different cultures. Jasmine wants to see greater racial diversity in the school’s community and thinks that students should be given more opportunities to interact with people of different faiths and lifestyles. Here’s a clip from my interview with Young where she begins to express concern for the college’s homogeneity.
She also thinks there should be more diversity in the weather. Straight up cold and cloudy three-fourths of the year just ain’t cutting it. Ok, she didn’t use those words exactly, but I get a little bit of creative license, right?
Alright, you can consider yourself warned. Meet her before she gets too busy for the little people. Jasmine Young, the ordinary citizen, is a limited edition, folks. If you, like me, are wondering how to navigate the awkwardness, just remember that ordinary people love to feel extraordinary, and I’m guessing Miss Young is no exception*. Have no shame. And don’t forget where you heard her name first.
* Being the generous gal that I am, I’m only going to require that you give me 15% of all wealth gained through signed memorabilia up through 2026, the year Young is eligible for the presidency. Make checks out to Meredith Manchester. I will hunt you down, and Jasmine has promised to grant me amnesty.