Jasmine Steen: Student at ACU

Jasmine Steen grew up in the small South-Western Victorian town of Victoria called Lavers Hill. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts/Global Studies at ACU in Melbourne.

Jasmine is passionate about helping others to grow, which she mans in a very broad sense.

Studying at university has “bombarded” her with a range of new ideas and perspectives. Growing up in rural Victoria was challenging for Jasmine, but she knows that this experience came with a range of benefits.

What does the future hold?

"Since starting at university, my idea of my ‘ideal job’ has become increasingly unclear. University exposes you to a new way of thinking, and I am constantly bombarded with new ideas and perspectives. I do not have a certain pathway in mind; I am currently absorbing the things that I am passionate about and I know that the rest should flow if I commit to what I love.

I am constantly looking for new opportunities to take part in. I enjoy working with new people and trying out new things. I believe this is the best way to learn. I have definitely caught the travel bug! I cannot think of a better way to enjoy life than experiencing the world from different angles."

Reflections on growing up in Lavers Hill:

"I felt like I belonged to my school, and that my presence made a different. I had close relationships with my teachers and peers, and I always felt like I could talk to someone. I believe going to a rural school really impacted my life in a positive way.

I wasn’t always a confident, outgoing person. The experiences which helped me develop into the person I am today are because of where I grew up. I don’t believe I would have been exposed to certain opportunities or experiences, had I have grown up in a city.

Although I can look back and appreciate what my school and community helped me to achieve, it can be difficult as a young person to keep an open mind. I often felt trapped within my rural community, or I felt as though I had exceeded all that there was to achieve.

Socially, it can be challenging for a young person. You often feel as though you are alone or missing out on certain experiences. In my experiences, the most comforting thing as a young person is to know that you are not alone." 


"Do not be afraid to try new things; take all the opportunities you can to explore the world beyond your comfort zone.

You have a voice, and it deserves to be heard. So, use it. You’ll be surprised by how many people are willing to listen. 

Living in rural Victoria does not put you at a disadvantage. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise."

 If you have any questions for Jasmine, send them to xavier@cep.org.au and we’ll pass them on!