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Central MA College Standout: Howard University’s Jazmin Hampton

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Howard University's Jazmin Hampton dedicates much of her time to others, whether it's cheerleading, mentoring, or working toward becoming an emergency pediatric physician.

Howard University sophomore Jazmin Hampton is a Worcester native. A graduate of Abby Kelley Foster Regional Charter School, Hampton is preparing for a career as an emergency pediatric physician. The captain of Howard’s competing cheer squad, member of the student council, ambassador for the American Heart Association, Strive Mentor, beauty pageant winner and active community volunteer, Hampton is this week's Central MA College Standout.

A Conversation with Jazmin Hampton

SW: How would you describe yourself in a few lines?

JH: I describe myself as a very hard working and determined individual. I love to stay busy and get involved in projects at school and feel that I am very dependable.

SW: How have you taken a leadership role in school or the community?

JH: I have taken on many responsibilities at school. I am the Captain of our competing cheer squad. I also sit on the school student council. In the community, I donate my time to a local community center mentor program where I work with elementary school girls. When I am home in Worcester, I love going back to my Alma Mater Abby Kelley Foster Regional Charter School and running cheer clinics for the elementary and middle school. I also take pride in being an ambassador for the American Heart Association where I have the opportunity to speak and organize events.

SW: Describe the career and/or future you envision for yourself.

JH: Upon graduating from Howard University I plan on attending medical school in hopes of earning my MD to become an Emergency Pediatric Physician.

SW: What’s your favorite place to go to on campus? In Worcester?

JH: My favorite place to go on campus is the football field where I can cheer my team on at games. In Worcester I love going to sweetFrog and also enjoy coming to work at Maxwell Silverman's where the staff is like my second family.

SW: What is your favorite book, movie, or series?

JH: My favorite book/movie series is Harry Potter. I also love the TV series Pretty Little Liars and Scandal.

SW: What about a favorite social media site?

JH: Instagram – you can capture the moment and share immediately!

SW: What do you enjoy in your free time?

JH: I enjoy reading, cheerleading, dancing, competing in beauty pageants, and playing the piano.

SW: What is your favorite quote?

JH: “Don’t let anyone dull your Sparkle.”

SW: What piece of technology, can you not live without?

JH: My iPhone 5!

SW: What or who has had the greatest influence on you to date? Why?

JH: My parents, but especially my mom. She is the hardest working woman that I know. She is not only inspiring and caring to me but she also serves as an inspiration to so many others. She started the cheerleading program at Abby Kelley Foster. My mom pushes me to step out of my box and comfort zone and encourages me to reach for my dreams.

SW: What would someone be surprised to learn about you?

JH: I am very shy even though I participate in a lot of things.

SW: If you could do just one thing, locally, nationally or globally to make a difference, what would it be?

JH: This past summer I was fortunate enough to travel to China with 50 students from Howard for an internship and cultural exchange. If I had the chance, I would love to go back to China after earning my degree and work in the children's clinic.


Central MA College Standout is a weekly feature that profiles college and university students in Central MA or from Central Ma. Join us every Tuesday for a look at the careers and lifestyles of today’s local college student. If you have suggestions for a profile, please email [email protected].

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Related Slideshow: College Guide: Best Off-Campus Study Spots in Central MA

Are you having trouble finding some much needed peace and quiet on your college campus? Check out the following coffee shops and cafés, which are sure to satisfy your studying needs and taste buds.

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In House Coffee

Enjoy homemade regular and flavored coffee, fresh baked muffins, bagels and more at In House Coffee. They even feature a Tiramisu flavored coffee and serve breakfast sandwiches. At In House Coffee you’ll find all the caffeine and baked goods you’re going to need to get through your studying.

225 Shrewsbury St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Sat 7 AM - 10 PM, Sun 8 AM - 10 PM. 

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Bean Counter Coffee Bar

Continuously voted “Best Coffee” by Worcester Magazine, Bean Counter Coffee Bar & Bakery offers the perfect energy boost for your long day of studying. Order one of their homemade pastries for an extra pick me up.

113 Highland St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Thurs 6:30 AM - 10 PM, Fri 6:30 AM - 11 PM, Sat 7 AM - 11 PM, Sun 7 AM - 10 PM.

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Acoustic Java

Acoustic Java is a great spot for studying off-campus, offering plenty of seating and a cozy atmosphere. They also offer a wide selection of seasonal freshly roasted and artisan coffees, teas and made-to-order sandwiches as well as vegetarian options.

932A Main St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 7 PM, Sat- Sun 8 AM - 6 PM.

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NU Café

Curl up next to the fireplace with your books and a latte. Is there really any other way to study? Serving certified organic coffee and real fruit smoothies, NU Café has everything you need to get through your study session. Not convinced? At night they serve beer and wine for those 21+.

335 Chandler St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 10 PM, Sat 8 AM - 10 PM, Sun 9 AM - 8 PM.

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Starbucks is more than great coffee and snacks. Its comfy chairs and tables provide you with the perfect study environment. Choose from their many hot and cold drink items as well as their sandwiches, pastries and salads.

11 East Central St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Sat 5 AM - 10 PM, Sun 6 AM - 8:30 PM.

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Panera Bread

Though everyone knows Panera for their delicious soups, salads and sandwiches, their couches and booths are also a great place to get some studying done while you eat. With many great locations Panera Bread is a convenient place for homework.

Three locations: 120 Goldstar Blvd, Worcester, 508-856-7007; 50 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, 508-798-9949; 70 Worcester-Providence Turnpike, Millbury.

Check website for local addresses, phone numbers, and hours.

Photo: Flickr/docoverachiever

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Straight Up Café

Straight Up Café serves locally roasted coffees so you know you’ll be drinking the freshest coffee while writing that final paper. Offering breakfast items, sandwiches, and salads, you’ll have enough options to get you through a whole day of studying.

795 Main St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 5 PM.

Photo: Flickr/roboppy


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