Jazmine Basanes Taylor

That Wahoo Spirit

Return to Grounds Inspires Young Alumna to Make First Gift

Jazmine Basanes Taylor (Col ’00)

Jazmine Basanes Taylor hopes to see her children follow in her footsteps.

“They’re two and four years old, and they already know how to shout ‘Go Wahoos!’ when we’re watching a game,” said Taylor.

The former psychology major now works as a physical therapist in Richmond. After recently visiting the Grounds for her ten-year reunion, she made her first gift to the University.

“I’ve been to Charlottesville many times since I graduated, but hadn’t taken the time to really walk the Grounds again,” Taylor said. “As we walked around, we saw all the changes and improvements that have been made, the new facilities and renovations, and we were really impressed. There were so many opportunities for students to pursue when I was there, and there are so many more now.”

In the years since she graduated, Taylor has seen firsthand the benefit of a UVA education, and knows the pride that comes with a UVA degree.

“When I tell people I went to UVA, they’re impressed,” Taylor said. “Having a UVA degree has really helped me in my life. That, along with seeing the Grounds and remembering all the great times I had there, inspired me to do my part in supporting the University.”

That sense of pride is something she hopes to pass on to her children. “I want them to go to UVA,” Taylor said. “Without enough support, it won’t be able to keep its place as one of the nation’s top public universities, and that’s what I want for my children.”