Jasmin Hamade is a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce and Law student at the University of Sydney, and recent winner of the Ashurst Law Award for highly analytical students with an interest in corporate and commercial law.
Jasmin is also hosting Investig8 at the University tomorrow, and before she came and met everyone, I thought I should get the inside scoop on everything Jasmin.
Having just finished her commerce degree, Jasmin is only 18 months away from completing her law degree and going out in the real world. “It’s so much fun, I love it! I just love how you’re constantly learning and there’s still enough time to do things I love.”
It’s common for University students to get bogged down in their studies and forget that there are other things that are just as important. Jasmin manages to work three jobs, volunteer for a bunch of great causes and be part of university societies, play sport, even go to cooking classes!
“I like to keep busy, I feel alive when I’m busy, and if I’m not doing things all the time then I’m not living to my full potential.”
“You don’t have to be the smartest cookie in the pot, as long as you’re passionate about what you do and you’re a good person. That’s what people want to see.”
In Year 8, Jasmin had very different plans for her future. With a passion for helping people, she wanted to follow her uncle’s footsteps and become a dentist. Unfortunately, as someone who faints at the sight of blood, she decided that law would be more suited to her personality.
Still unsure on whether or not she wanted to pursue dentistry, Jasmin’s first year of university was harder that she expected. After not doing so well in a few subjects, not playing sport, exercising or doing anything that she loved, she had to seriously evaluate her plans and what she wanted to do with her life.
“I had to sit down with myself and think about what I really wanted… then I had an epiphany, maybe it was an awesome lecturer or something. Something happened and since then I’ve been set on law.”
“Uni is so flexible, you have to chance to meet so many different people that you wouldn’t normally have to chance to meet. The people I knew in high school are so different to the people I’ve met at uni.”
Thanks to university, Jasmin has discovered her love for ping pong (so important).
“University is all about the little things, the great things you learn and the people you meet.”
And why is Jasmin excited to be hosting Investig8 this Thursday? “When I was in Year 8, I didn’t even know what uni was… I never thought of it like a school, I thought after high school I was finished!”
“I hope everyone is excited to be on campus for the first time, if you haven’t already, and know that there are so many options out there and so many different pathways to get to uni. You don’t have to do amazingly in Year 12; there are so many different ways to get in to Sydney University.”