Major: Studio art/enhanced art history
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
High school: DuPont Manual High School
Jasmine Groves, a sophomore from Louisville, is one such student. Throughout her time at Murray State, Groves has been active in the University’s Honors College as well as the Emerging Scholars Institute and Organization of Murray Art Students. With a passion for art — one that began as a young girl doodling on any blank page she could find — Groves works each day to channel her creativity to see life become art. This is her story.
Activities and Organizations
Currently, I am part of the Emerging Scholars Institute, Organization of Murray Art Students and the Honors College. I’ve made some amazing connections through these programs, and I’m excited for the ones I’ve yet to make.
Who has influenced you the most in your life and why?
My family. I'm very lucky to have such a supportive family that supports me along my journey and helps me when things get tough. My grandparents and older relatives have been through so much, but they stay humble and loving. That’s something I really admire.
What do you want to do after graduation?
I would love to be a concept artist. Concept artists play a very big role in film although their work is often brushed aside. Or I could work in a museum, surrounded by works of art all day.
What first sparked your interest in your chosen field?
Like a lot of young kids, I doodled on any blank page I could find. It wasn’t until I was a little bit older that I realized I had a deep emotional connection with art. Objects that were otherwise boring became very beautiful collaborations of light, color, line and shape. Everything became a work of art, and I knew I had to go deeper into that.
How do you define success?
If you arrive at a place where you’re secure with what you have, and you’re ready for what might come tomorrow, you’re successful. Only you can decide whether you’ve achieved success or not.
If you could spend one hour with literally anyone, who would it be and why?
I would spend an hour with British philosopher Alan Watts. In the 60s and 70s, he brought elements from Eastern philosophy over to the West. His ideas on what it means to be a successful person have truly changed my life.
Why did you choose Murray State?
As a high school student, I attended Murray State’s Summer Art Workshop. It was a week-long summer camp where we took art “classes” in Old Fine Arts and stayed in Hart. I was able to fall in love with the campus long before it was time to choose a college. I also didn’t want to be in a big city for my first year of living alone.
What are some of your favorite Murray State traditions?
I love doing the RACERS cheer.
What is something you've accomplished at Murray State that you’re most proud to have done?
I’ve been able to take some really interesting classes and meet some very interesting people. Any accomplishments I make are because of them.
What opportunities have you been afforded at Murray State?
I’ve had many opportunities to help out the community. I do volunteer hours with the ESI program, and I’m often given chances to help others in the art department.
What do you think sets Murray State apart from other universities?
Many other universities only want their students to get a degree. At Murray State, the faculty and staff want their students to earn a degree, but they also want them to be confident in their skills and in themselves. Students are treated like individuals.
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?
Make sure you always take care of yourself. Skipping meals or losing sleep might give you extra time to cram for a quiz, but you won’t be performing at your best.