Jessica joined Drexel University in 2004 as the Coordinator of Commuter and Off Campus Student Programs and Services and now services as the Director of CTSE, which was established in 2008.
She is in charge of overseeing the strategic initiatives of CTSE and overseeing all aspects of the Office which includes:
- Engagement of the office sub-populations through activities, learning opportunities and peer mentorship
- Advocacy and education around the commuter, graduate and transfer experience
- Off campus housing education and community partnerships
- Exploration and implementation of office mission, vision and goals
Furthermore, Jessica is the Student Affairs Liaison to the Drexel Online Learning Council (OLC) and Co-chairs the Student Support and Engagement subcommittee of the OLC. As the Student Affairs Liasion, Jessica also works with her colleagues in Student Affairs to explore and implement online engagement opportunities for students on study abroad and co-op, as well as for online students.
Jessica received her BA in History from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and MA in Administration in Higher Education from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Jessica was a member of the Directorate for the Commission for Commuter and Adult Learners in ACPA from 2007-2010, and is currently the National Co-Chair for the Administrators in Graduate and Professional Student Services Knowledge Community in NASPA.
Director of CTSE
Commuter and Transfer Assistants
- Hometown: Drexel Hill, PA
- Where you are living this year : Philadelphia, PA
- Why you want to be a CA/TA: I love meeting new people and I want to help my students have an amazing first year experience
- Something interesting: I enjoy making art and I am a co-artist of a mural in metro-Philly.
Living in Powelton Village this year
Why CA/TA: I enjoy meeting new people and helping out people who are new to an environment
Interesting: I love travel and soccer. I also plan on going to the 2014 world cup the day I graduate (June 2014!!!)
- Hometown: Philadelphia
- I've been a commuter for my entire Drexel experience thus far. It can be a challenge but it doesn't have to limit or define you as a Drexel Student. I wanted to become a CA to help other commuters adjust to being a commuter and help them have the best college experience.
- I’m a junior psychology major who plans are pursuing a career in medicine. In my free time I watch entirely too much tv, play tennis, and volunteer.
Hometown - Guatemala City, Guatemala
Where you are living this year - 401 N. 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA
Why you want to be a CA/TA; I want to be a Commuter Assistant so that I am able to help students take advantage of the different opportunities Drexel has to offer and for them to be able to call Drexel their second home. I have experienced the amazing benefits that being part of the Drexel Community brings and I know the positive impact it has made in my life, especially being an international student. Lastly, I want to give something back to Drexel for all the great, fun and enriching times it has given me and I good way is by helping other students.
Something interesting about you that you would like to share with students - I couldn’t decide between two things so here are both –
1. I did gymnastics for twelve years and it was one of the best decisions of my life. It helped me to develop leadership, time management and people skills as well as become responsible, committed and respectful. I loved going to practice and having gymnastics meets, and I wish I could still do it.
2. I love meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. Philadelphia and the United States have a different culture from Guatemala and I have enjoyed discovering the culture and traditions as well as meeting new friends, friends who not only are from the USA but from all over the world. Since I like meeting people so much, I also like to travel and that is why I went to Hong Kong for study abroad and traveled all over Asia during winter break last year. It was an amazing experience and I grew so much as a person from it.