Temple University houses royalty.
Jasmine Ma lives in a typical college apartment. Her schedule hangs on her wall along with pictures, Greek letters, and, unlike a typical college student, two pageant sashes.
Her official title is Miss Taiwanese Queen 2015. Ma won the pageant, sponsored by the Miss Taiwanese World Foundation, earlier this year.
But at Temple, the sophomore psychology major is also a sister of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and a member of Temple Agni dance troupe.
Ma may be the pageant queen, but her roommates say she doesn’t expect the royal treatment. According to her roommate Emma Roberts-Vaurio, Ma “loves cooking. She loves cleaning. So she keeps us all organized and sort of in check around here.”
She says competing in the pageant opened her eyes to a different side of pageantry. “It’s not just, you know, being skinny, wearing really pretty dresses, having PR questions down to a point. But it’s really the ideals of sisterhood—just being there for each other and being able to connect with people all over the globe.”
Ma hopes to extend her run as Temple royalty by competing in the Miss Philadelphia preliminaries this December– a stepping stone for The Miss Pennsylvania and Miss America pageants.