Editor’s note about her photo: In Puerto Rico, Jessica’s works with ArcGIS, a geographic information system to create maps.
“I wanted a supportive community close to my friends and family.”
“I picked environmental science after backpacking in Mt. Rainier National Park with my dad. I knew after that trip that I wanted to do something that would allow me to be close to the outdoors at all times.”
St. Kate’s offers this major through the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC). To complete her major, Jessica took more classes at Macalester during her last couple of years. “It’s great that St. Kate's partners with surrounding schools and offers [a wide range of majors] to its students.”
“I’ve been deployed to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, as part of the taskforce to restore power to the island. I have been here since the beginning of November and have seen over 16,000 clients get electricity restored.”
When she returns state side in December, Jessica will continue her work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a project manager in Portland, Oregon. “Eventually, I would like to work in our regulatory or environmental departments.”