Zachary native to study in Italy _lowres

Jasmine Littles

Jasmine Littles, 20, has plans to pursue a career as an occupational therapist after graduating from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.

For now, the 2013 honor graduate of Zachary High School remains active as a Spring Hill ambassador, student tour guide, resident adviser for freshmen students and volunteer at Westlawn Elementary in Mobile, where she teaches poetry to and mentors fifth-graders.

To further her studies both inside and outside of the classroom, Littles applied to a study abroad program through Spring Hill’s Italy Center, which encourages students to fully immerse themselves in different cultures, people and experiences.

“ ‘The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page,’ ” said Littles, quoting St. Augustine. “I cannot wait to begin reading this beautiful book.”

From September through December, Littles will study the entire fall semester at the University of Bologna in Italy, taking art, Italian and philosophy classes. Through the program that integrates traditional classroom learning in English, Littles will meet with immigrants, hear from business, religious and political leaders, witness firsthand how Italians are combating climate change, intern for a human rights agency and explore Italy.

Encouraged to travel in groups outside of the school, the average Spring Hill student visits about 10 countries and 30-plus cities as a participant of the program.

“I’ll be traveling with a group that’ll study in Italy but then will go on to France and Poland,” she said. “I’m beyond excited to embark on this journey and can’t wait to experience the beauty of Italy and all of its unique people. I realize how lucky I am and plan to take full advantage of the experience.”

Littles is a member of the Phi Mu fraternity, Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is the daughter of Brian and Kim Littles, of Zachary.