Jessica has always been a dedicated, determined young woman, working hard to balance all the aspects of being a teenager (school, sports, work, and fun). She was always a leader in Bridges, and she carried that tradition on to Wofford College where she served as a Resident Advisor, a Wofford Ambassador, Secretary of Black Student Alliance, and a student worker for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
What makes her dedication to leadership even more impressive is that she maintained a 3.0 as a double major and even graduated a semester early!
Jessica studied away in Chile one semester, but her plans to study away for a semester in Spain and intern for a summer in Tanzania were thwarted by covid. Transitioning to online classes was a challenge, and moving home also took away her on-campus jobs, making college during the pandemic extra difficult. Jessica says, "This has definitely been a hard time for me and with everything being cancelled, it’s hard to build up my resume. I am trying to plan as many options as I can to see what will work best.”
Today, Jessica is working as a medical scribe at Prisma Health while studying for the MCAT in preparation to apply to medical school.
In her words
“Without Hal Warlick Scholarship, I would not have been able to attend Wofford College. I am beyond blessed to have been selected and thankful for everyone who hade this scholarship available for students like me. This scholarship has allowed me to be able to pursue my dream of becoming a surgeon without having to worry about my tuition. Attending Wofford has been one of the best things that has happened to me because of all the life lessons and connections I have made. I am looking forward to these next few years here thanks to the Hal Warlick Scholarship.”
Her advice for students
“Use Bridge to your advantage in high school and even when you are in college. Everyone on staff is there to help you and push you to be your best self. You are going to make lifelong friendships and connections that can help you now and in your future. College will get tough but your Bridges family is there to constantly help you, support you and uplift you.”