Name: Jasmin Stafford
Pursuit: I hope to achieve great results in finishing my VCE as a successful building block for my future goals. I hope to pursuit a career in animal wildlife conservation and protection.
When did you start?
Enrolling in Distance Education Victoria last year, was one of the first steps I have taken in order to achieve my dream.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
I'm still in pursuit for many of my biggest achievements and highlights. One recent highlight of mine, has been achieving great results in the units of VCE that I have already undertaken.
What is your dream?
I'm very passionate about animals as they bring great joy to me. It is my dream to work in a zoo, contributing to the conservation and protection of many beautiful animals.
Who or what have inspired you?
I have drawn my inspiration from my aspiration for a great future. My passion for animals has been evident from a young age, having always cared for every creature of every size. I currently own and care for a rescued American Staffy named Sasha, an Olive Python named Olive and a young Sphynx cat named Nahla. I rescued Sasha from an abusive home nearly 2 years. Seeing what she had been living through really spiked my passion for the protection of all animals.
Who's your hero?
My nan, Shirley Stafford is my hero. She has endured unspeakable hardships throughout her life and has fought very hard not only for herself but the wellbeing of her family. She is an amazing person, strong willed, hardworking, caring and a loving wife, grandmother, mother and sister.
Any other special talents?
I was a very talented artistic gymnast. Unfortunately after a knee injury followed by a major surgery, I was unable to continue training and competing. I am also a talented drawer and I believe an artist.
I enjoy listening to all sorts of music from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, to Disturbed and even Queen!
My all time favourite movie is Man on Fire. It is a beautiful story of the innocence and purity of a child and the love that they are capable of bringing to the hardest of people.
My favourite book is 'Nineteen Minutes' by Jodi Picoult.
Favourite TV Show?
I love the TV show 'Zoo Juniors' but I also enjoy watching '2 Broke Girls' and 'How I met your mother'.
My absolute favourite food is Lasagne for sure! Home made only! :)
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
Receiving a grant from the Layne Beachley Aim For The Stars Foundation enables me to purchase the items necessary to successfully complete my VCE with a level of comfort, including a laptop and several computer programs used for Visual Communications. Having these items means that I can avoid walking and taking several buses to libraries or Distance Education especially in hot, cold and rainy conditions as this is taxing on my already poor health. It will also give me a sense of safety and security while on the journey to discovering bigger dreams for the future.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
I strongly believe that no matter how big of a dream you have, it is always achievable in time.