San Jacinto, California
Jessica is a goalkeeper on the Wildcats soccer team, and it was a sense of belonging that captured her heart at St. Kate’s.
“I came for a visit my junior year, and I really enjoyed the surroundings in Minnesota, specifically St. Paul. It’s different than my hometown. When I got home after that visit, I kept telling people that everyone at St. Kate’s was so nice and so helpful. I felt that everyone genuinely cared and wanted to help me. It made my decision easy.”
She credits former soccer player Elly Leyva ’16 for bringing the University to her attention. “We went to the same high school and played on the same club team. Elly recommended that I look into St. Kate’s. She thought it would be a good fit… The soccer team was a big part of my decision. St. Kate’s has become my second home because of my soccer family here.”
Off the pitch, Jessica’s found a deep connection to the principles of social justice that St. Kate’s holds dear. “I really enjoy helping people. Social work is big at St. Kate’s and has a strong history. I like the idea of helping people through being involved in their lives.”
“St. Kate’s has helped me to be more open-minded about different things. Since being here, I’ve become more emotionally invested in the things I do. If I’m going to do something, I’m now going to do it with 100 percent effort.”