alumni profile First-in-Family College Grad is Launching a Paralegal Career Upon arrival in the U.S., the 20-year-old immediately began researching colleges and universities. She found a perfect fit, both financially and academically, at Middlesex. “MCC is different from a four-year school because there are no dorms and you have students of all ages,” Lo said. “The quality of education at Middlesex is the same as at Suffolk. Everyone yearning for an education would prefer to have the quality. Playing and having fun is secondary.” Lo said the biggest challenge she faced as an immigrant and a first-generation college student was adjusting to a culture of education so different from her high school experience in Singapore. Jasmine Lo “P ositive actions spiral down,” Jasmine Lo assured her classmates recently at Suffolk University’s 2017 commencement ceremony. And the 25-year-old Legal Studies graduate had more sage advice for her peers: When you are in a position to lend a helping hand, do so. If it takes some time to find your first job, look for volunteer work. Don’t compare your path to anyone else’s because each path is unique. This confident Suffolk grad – the first member of her family to graduate from college – is hardy recognizable from the Jasmine Lo of five years ago. A 2015 graduate of MCC’s Paralegal Studies Program, Lo credits her time at Middlesex with her transformation. Having recently assumed a paralegal position at Boston’s prestigious intellectual-property law firm Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, Lo has come a long way – literally. She immigrated to Boston from Singapore with her family in 2012. “The real struggle for me was the people I met at Middlesex knew how to fight for opportunities,” she said. “I only cared about my GPA and didn’t know how important networking was. I watched classmates doing volunteer work and internships, and realized I needed to make a change.” Lo volunteered at the MCC Law Center, a community mediation center that provides conflict-resolution services. She discovered volunteering was “a good way for people to notice your capabilities and work ethic, not just your GPA.” As Lo began thinking about her next steps after MCC, it was Hayle Sugarman, Paralegal Studies Program Coordinator, and Deborah Walsh, then Assistant Dean of Business, Entrepreneurship & Legal Studies, who helped guide her forward. Lo began looking at different Legal Studies programs and available career paths, and eventually chose Suffolk, where she earned a full scholarship. “I’m really blessed to have been able to go to MCC,” said Lo. “The teachers really care about the programs, and their students’ school and career paths.” 16 | Profiles