Jessica became a part of Project L/EARN her junior year at Livingston College in Rutgers University. She had majored in Psychology and had minored in English. She feels that Project L/EARN has provided her with the hands on experience in research necessary for graduate school.
Jessica had been interested in working with children at the time. She had previously participated in Youth Entertaining on Stage (YES), a non-profit youth acting group, which raises funds for handicapped and mentally challenged children. Her ultimate goal had been to become a clinical child psychologist and work with children and adolescents in therapy. Also an accomplished poet, one of her works has been included in an anthology.
Project L/EARN had enabled Jessica to foresee the type of work she will be faced with in graduate school. Of her experience she reflects, “Not only [had I] learned how to do applied research, but [I] also learned surprising things about myself, about my abilities and about my willingness to set goals and eventually obtain them.”