Jasmine Grywacheski has studying down to a science. An alum of Mother Teresa Middle School (MTMS), she recently completed her Biomedical Science degree at the University of Waterloo. She has come a long way since her time at MTMS but still feels the impact the school made in her life. “I think they just opened so many doors for myself and Jesse (her sister who is also an alum of MTMS). There are so many things we wouldn't have been able to do without MTMS,” expressed Grywacheski.   


Making an Impact

(Left to right): Former President & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo Feridun Hamdullahpur, Jesse Grywacheski, Jasmine Grywacheski & Executive Director Andrea Kelmen pose for a photo in 2019. 

Driven by her passion for health and helping others, Biomedical Science seemed like a natural fit. Biomedical Science focuses on developing knowledge, interventions, and technology that can be utilized in the field of healthcare. “It's your math, chem, physics, bio—a lot of bio. You learn a lot. It is a Pre-Med requisite for a lot of people,” she explained. “Helping others is my passion. Whether the impact is big or small, I want to contribute to making the world a better place,” she said.


Dedicated Student Support

Jasmine outside the University of Waterloo sign.

Grywacheski described how the MTMS Graduate Support Team (GST) was instrumental in helping her succeed in reaching her educational goals. They helped with the university application process, and MTMS Intervention Specialist Jane Brundige even flew to Waterloo to help her settle in. "Jane flying with me to Waterloo was a big moment in my life. Even after I settled in, knowing they (the GST) were just a call or message away made the adjustment easier," she recalled.

Having Jesse move to the University of Waterloo for a year also proved invaluable. It was a shared experience that the sisters will always remember. “That year in Waterloo made us closer than ever. We’re talking about how her Computer Science degree can align with my Biomedical Science degree so we could end up working together one day,” Jasmine noted.

Financial support was another aspect that played a pivotal role. "I was fortunate to receive funding from the MacKay Family Bursary, an Anonymous Donor, and many others during my time in school. I couldn’t have done it without that financial support, and I’m beyond grateful," she emphasized.


“Helping others is my passion. Whether the impact is big or small, I want to contribute to making the world a better place.” 

- Jasmine Grywacheski


Building a Strong Foundation

Jasmine Grywacheski - B.Sc. '24 

Reflecting on things she learned at MTMS. A key lesson was the importance of networking. “MTMS put a huge emphasis on networking and making connections. Building those connections has proved invaluable and provided many opportunities. I encourage students to continue building those connections beyond middle school,” said Grywacheski.

Jasmine’s message to current students is one of encouragement and self-belief. “Never underestimate yourself. People come from all different places and for me, I come from a place where it was tough to fathom getting to where I am now. Passion and hard work are key to success. Your path is your own, and while it’s not easy, it’s worth it,” shared Grywacheski.



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