Spartans of UD: Jasia and Dasia Powell

Nov 1, 2018 | University Relations

Spartans of UD highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people who live, work, and study and campus. Jasia and Dasia Powell, seniors from Mount Vernon, Georgia, have made UD their home away from home. As student ambassadors, the twins enjoy showing prospective students and their families around campus. Jasia and Dasia, who earned the Marge Kremer Memorial Scholarship at the 2018 Honors Convocation, are also residence assistants as well as volunteers at the Heritage Center and members of the Heritage Performing Arts Advisor Committee.

Spartans of UD - Powell twins
JASIA POWELL, Sociology and Criminal Justice Major | Student Ambassador
DASIA POWELL, Criminal Justice Major | Student Ambassador

1. Why did you decide to join the Office of Admission as a student ambassador?

Jasia: “I wanted the experience of meeting new people but also building my confidence with public speaking at the same time.”

Dasia: “My sister previously worked as a student ambassador, and she talked about how amazing the admissions staff was to her. Once I came to campus, I decided to try out the job.”

2. What do you enjoy most about being a student ambassador?

Jasia: “I enjoy meeting all the prospective students and their families.”

Dasia: “I love sharing my experiences and advice as well as making new friends.”

3. In your opinion, what makes the University of Dubuque special?

Jasia: “The people, they make you feel welcomed and loved.”

Dasia: “The University of Dubuque is so special to me because it feels like a home away from home. From the moment I got here, I have felt surrounded by so much love and care. I have truly been shaped by everyone over these last couple of years.”

4. What has it been like attending the same university as your twin?

Jasia: “It has been an incredible journey ever since she transferred to UD.” 

Dasia: “I actually transferred to the University of Dubuque. I decided to do my own thing and go to a different college in Mississippi. It was an awful decision. I missed my sister so much, so I decided to transfer. From the moment I decided to come here, the admission staff was so welcoming and helpful with making that transition. Ever since I stepped off the plane, has been nothing but laughs.”

5. What advice do you have for future UD Spartans?

Jasia: “Do what you love and not what other people want you to do.”

Dasia: “My advice would be to step out of your comfort zone and get involved in activities. It may seem scary at first, but once you get out there you will be happy you made that decision.”