Jessica Garrett ’17
“I chose Saint Peter’s because I wanted a university that was small, I wanted a place where I could make a name for myself. I think I did that.”
“Growing up I was always doodling in my notebooks. I learned to enhance my drawing abilities in after school programs and it helped me cope with issues growing up. It’s really unique to me because nobody else in my family is artistic. I work in drawing or painting on canvas or sketch paper. I love it, it soothes me, it’s a way for me to get my emotions out in a positive way.
In the Jesuit ideal of being one for others, I have embraced what I want to do. I’m an RA for freshman and first year students, I’m their first point of contact, and they ask a lot of questions. I help them get involved. I’m a peer educator and I help with CAPS – Counseling and Psychological Services, so students can go to another student rather than going to an adult.
I’m a co-leader for the Jersey City Girl Scout Daisy Troop. The girls are between 5 and 7 years old. I help teach about their community and how to treat one another. I’ve been a girl scout all my life. My mother and grandmother were leaders. I’m always so happy to see my girls.
I’m also EMT. My dad has been one since he was 16. It was a way for me and my father to connect. This summer we responded to some psychological emergencies so I got to see those situations first-hand. I’ve seen a lot – I’ve saved lives with CPR, I’ve seen suicides. I work with big events on campus to make sure nothing goes wrong, and help out if something does.
Medical training gives me an insight to bedside manner and how to treat someone when they are at their most vulnerable. There was a call over the summer where a woman had a bloody nose. She had changed her medication and there was blood everywhere. She was terrified when we first got there, but we were able to bring calm to the situation and let her know that things were going to be OK. I felt that this was how I was meant to live my life, helping people in their most uncomfortable situations.
I chose Saint Peter’s because I wanted a university that was small, I wanted a place to make a name for myself. I think I did that. I wanted to live away from home, but to be close enough to go home for the weekend if I wanted. I loved the feel here when I walked on campus. Not day goes by that someone doesn’t say hello to you just walking around. People know who you are and they care about you. I feel like the diversity on campus was a great appeal. I go to the city often, there are so many things going on. Brick is so quiet, you can hear crickets.
I’m an honors student so I’m in the process so I’m in the process of writing my thesis. I’m writing my IRB. It’s about how color affects the speed of finding an image. Every honors major is different. In psychology, you run an experiment. Eventually, I’ll be defending my thesis.
My main focus is children but I haven’t ruled out adults completely, working with adults with mental disorders, as long as I’m working with my art.
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