Jasmin Estrada-Levenson '14

Jasmin Estrada-Levenson ‘14 discovered Green Mountain College through an adventure education program alumnus in her family. A native of Boston, she had been taking sporadic courses through the Harvard Extension School. At this transitional moment in her life, Jasmin decided she’d like to pursue a future in outdoor leadership.

She had been abstractly interested in the philosophy of outdoor learning, but she found her turning point in 2009 while participating in a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) trip on the Amazon River. After this experience, Jasmin had an epiphany about the way she wanted to lead her own life.

“It started out as a question of what I wanted to do when I grew up,” Jasmin described. “It moved to a question of who I wanted to be when I grew up and the steps that were going to lead me to that.”

She believes the GMC adventure education program is effective primarily because it continually evolves from the strengths of students and professors who are a part of it.

“It gets better every year. They really look at themselves and say ‘what can we do better’ and that’s what you look for in a program,” She noted.

Outside of the program, Jasmin has been involved with the Camp Club. Recently she and a couple friends created a successful A Capella group on campus and have auditioned students to narrow the group down to 14 members.

The most exciting academic experience she’s had so far at GMC was the Fall Block Course. The Fall Block is an intensive course requirement for adventure education majors, which helps students to put their education into action.

“The block was a really incredible time to apply what you’ve learned immediately,” She explained. “You learn the theories and you go out into the field, which is really crucial to adventure ed.”

After graduation, Jasmin plans to bike around her favorite lake in Guatemala, and canoe different parts of the Amazon. Looking ahead to career goals, Jasmin said that she would love to work with an outdoor program.

“Outward Bound, for example, has always sparked my interest,” She admitted.

Jasmin is genuinely enthusiastic about continuing on her determined path, and explained that graduating as an outdoor leader through the adventure education program will allow her to shape the vision of who she would like to become.

She concluded, “I’m the best version of myself when I’m doing adventure education.”

By Laura Huley '13

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