My name is Karolina Jasko and I am currently a second year student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am studying psychology and criminal justice in hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist specializing in family and marital issues. At school, I am a part of Phi Sigma Sigma, which is a sorority that prides themselves on service, sisterhood, academics, and philanthropy. We volunteer at events such as the Chicago Marathon, the Shamrock Shuffle, and also participate in beach cleanups and blood drives.
In 2016, I traveled to Peru for a service trip where I helped build a greenhouse for a family in need. It was an incredible opportunity, and it was very emotional to see what some people experience on a day to day basis. It really opened my eyes and made me realize how much I want to spend my time helping others.
In my free time, I love to spend time outdoors. Hiking and rock climbing are my ways of clearing my mind and enjoying time to myself. I also really enjoy swimming, which I used to do competitively up until my second year of high school. Aside from that, I love to spend time with my family, friends, and my two dogs, Riley and Emmy.
In the year of 2017, I was lucky enough to hold the title of Miss Polonia Illinois USA. This opportunity has helped me grow as a person and become more comfortable and confident in myself. After a rough year of being diagnosed with an early stage of melanoma, I didn’t believe in myself as much as I should have and never thought I would take part in and win a pageant like this so I am thankful for the chance I had to represent the Polish community in Illinois while working on myself.
Winning the Miss Illinois USA pageant has always been a big dream of mine and now that it has become a reality I can’t wait to get started and really make it my year. I hope to call awareness to the issue of domestic violence, and human trafficking. I also cannot wait to promote and fundraise for the Warriors for Ross and The Ross Foundation which helps children and families battling pediatric cancer. I cannot wait to represent Illinois the best way that I can, not only in the Miss USA pageant, but throughout the whole year.
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