Jasper Gain

Age: 23

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Jasper Is attending school at Missouri State University. She plans on graduating in

2021 with a Bachelor of Science in International History and a Bachelor of Science in

Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her emphasis is Education of the Deaf and Hard of

Hearing, so she Minors in Sign Language Studies. When she finishes her undergrad program,

she would like to pursue graduate school, and eventually a doctoral program. Her biggest goal

is to be a history professor at a deaf university.

Jasper has a passion for education and traveling, so she tries to study away when she can find

scholarships to support it. So far, she has studied special education in Nicaragua, cultural

diversity in education in South Africa, and political history in Israel. She also spends a lot of her

time volunteering with organizations such as
Ipourlife, Ozarks Food Harvest, Cornerstones of

Care, the Dickerson Park Zoo, and as a tutor at a local school. She runs an international true

crime podcast
that is up and coming.

Jasper went into foster care at 15. At the time there was not an available foster home, so

Jasper had to stay at a teen homeless shelter. She dropped out of high school during this time.

From there she went into a group home where she stayed for a short amount of time before

convincing a neighbor to sign up to be a foster parent. Her foster mom helped her enroll back

school where she made up all of her credits in one semester. After getting back on track,

her foster mother’s mental health began to decline, and she could no longer stay in the home.

She reached out to her biological mother’s ex-husband to ask him to become her foster father.

He was hesitant, but after some convincing from Jasper and her case worker he changed his

mind. It granted him guardianship when Jasper was 17.

Jasper dropped out of high school a second time during her junior year. She joined Missouri

Options which is a program that allows students to study for the GED test. When they take it

and pass they can get a high school diploma. She
anticipated the program to take a year, but

completed it in several weeks. This caused her to graduate high school a year early. She went to

a nearby community college during what would have been her senior year.

After being in college a couple years, Jasper had to put a break in her education when she was

diagnosed with stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. She moved back home from college to go through

chemotherapy. After five months of treatment she
was miraculously declared cancer free!

Shortly after her biological father passed away, leaving behind her younger sister. Jasper

stepped up to take guardianship of her sister and moved back to her college town in order to

continue pursuing her degree.

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