Q&A with Pre-College Grad Jasmin Fowler-Puja ’19
Skidmore Pre-College grad Jasmin Fowler-Puja ’19 is a first-year student at Skidmore, with plans to major in art and psychology, and to possibly minor in dance. She likes to say she has two hometowns—Bethlehem, Penn., and Denpasar in Bali, Indonesia. Jasmin was homeschooled except for a few college courses she took in high school, including at Skidmore.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Introduction to Ceramics
Favorite part of Pre-College?
I got to experience a whole new environment, take courses that really inspired me, and meet amazing people with whom I am still connected. It was challenging, too. I had never been without my family in a strange place for so long, and the courses were very hard and required a lot of self-discipline.
Did Pre-College help you academically?
Being in an environment in which I was in total control of how I handled homework, extracurriculars, social time, and even downtime, was an important experience. I was homeschooled throughout my pre-collegiate years, and after Pre-College a lot of my time-management was up to me. Pre-College gave me a really good foundation for organizing my activities and obligations to the best of my potential.
Did Pre-College influence your college search?
Skidmore was already high on my list of potential colleges (in fact, I believe it was at the top of that list). Pre-College really confirmed my desire to attend Skidmore. I also had a better idea of the level of academics, size of school, and kind of environment I preferred, which helped in my overall college search.
Did Pre-College help your transition to college?
It definitely gave me a leg up. I had always been homeschooled, so the social part of Pre-College was a particularly important glimpse at what it was like to live in an environment made up almost entirely of people around my own age. It also gave me a better idea of what to expect in terms of class participation and how important it is to reach out to professors and others for help. I had a better idea of where to go and how to deal with problems or questions that came up.
Would you recommend the Pre-College Program to others?
Absolutely! I learned so much, made great friends, and had such a fun time while learning valuable life skills.