Jenna was recruited to play soccer at St. Kate’s. “It provided a good transition from high school and allowed me to get connected on campus.”
At St. Kate's, she truly valued the all-women's education, explaining how “I really believe the all-women’s experience at St. Kate’s is unique. It offers a range of opportunities — from women who have the same passion to learn as I do to the professors who bring energy and enthusiasm into the classroom.”
“My original plan was to pursue a double major in business and sociology. But once I started to think more about the world of nonprofits, which always need to promote themselves to the community, I decided to add sales as a minor. A minor in theology came later, because I believe faith can connect or divide people all over the world.”
During her senior year, Jenna was the public policy intern with the Alzheimer’s Association. She gained leadership skills while giving back to the community and learning more about working for a nonprofit organization.
Jenna also provided research assistance to two professors who were writing a book for corporations on how to better prepare for Gen-Y workers. “It was exciting to collaborate on this project. I was mentored and encouraged throughout the process.”
Additionally, she had the opportunity to learn globally. Jenna studied abroad in Australia for a semester and Mexico for J-term. “The women’s health issues course helped me to understand the search for justice in women’s health. I visited a rural Mexican village and saw how an international nonprofit delivered income-building approaches for women. Using my sales skills, I was able to tell the story and sell hand-made items for these women back at home.”
In the future, Jenna "...want[s] to earn a master’s degree in public health, work in a job that makes a difference in the world, and, hopefully, one day, run for public office.”