Meet Jasmine Drinkard

Headshot of Jasmine DrinkardJasmine Drinkard
KYACAC President and Employee Resource Manager within the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Poverty
Jefferson County Public Schools (KY)

What drew you to the world of college admission counseling?
Becoming a school counselor introduced the world of college counseling to me. Personally, college was one of the best times of my life where I realized my potential. I love being able to be a part of changing the course of student lives by removing barriers and providing access.

What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is working to remove barriers, specifically for marginalized populations. Often these are the students who get left behind and miss out on opportunities because of lack of access and information.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
NACAC has played a pivotal role in helping train me in college counseling. NACAC has allowed me the platform to expand my own knowledge on how to better serve students and families.

What prompted you to join NACAC and what do you hope to get out of your membership?
My involvement with KYACAC prompted me to join NACAC. I hope to continue to grow in the area of equity and access in terms of college counseling. 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
I think the biggest challenge is the possible shift in college requirements due to COVID-19 and virtual learning. Many students are really struggling to learn at home behind a computer. Students are struggling and failing high school courses, which will have a devastating impact on their GPAs. I worry about the ability of students to compete in the application process, knowing that many of their GPAs have taken a hit. Also, many students are struggling to take the ACT as well as prepare for the test. I am most concerned about the college-going culture once we come out of this pandemic.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy walking, listening to podcasts, and cooking for my family.

What five words would you use to describe yourself?
Ally, deliberate, intentional, difference-maker, learner. 

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