Summer Faculty-Directed Programs
Before joining the Study Abroad Office, Jessica assisted students in the undergraduate advising office in the School of Life Sciences here at ASU. Jessica is excited to be in the Study Abroad office as she has a passion for international experiences and her fondest memories as an undergraduate student include studying abroad three separate times; taking Art History classes in England, participating in an archaeological dig in Cyprus, and learning about international tourism in Central and South America. Jessica's connection to ASU goes back many generations as her great-grandfather, Zebulon Pearce, graduated with teaching credentials from ASU in 1899, when it was known as the Territorial Normal School at Tempe.
- B.A. Anthropology, minor in Art History; Arizona State University
- M.Ed. Higher Education and Postsecondary Education; Arizona State University
- Traveled abroad to Mexico and Europe during childhood
- Backpacked abroad for nine months around the world (started in New Zealand and ended in Iceland; 17 countries total)
- Heritage travel abroad in Sweden and Norway in 2016
Why Jessica works in study abroad: Studying abroad had such a positive impact on me during my undergraduate career so I love to be able to now encourage students to study abroad and help plan those experiences for them.
Advice for students preparing to go abroad: As simple as this sounds, I think keeping an open mind will go a long way. It is easy to compare things abroad to how things are done in the United States but I think that can create negative experiences. When traveling abroad one must open themselves to new ways of life and doing things.
One of the most important lessons Jessica learned while studying abroad or traveling: I learned so many things...people are kind and helpful, people in different counties are more similar than you might think, new places offer beautiful things and sometimes not so beautiful things but the world is big and there is so much to see! You need to take the time to see places outside of your hometown.
Office Hours: Mondays 2-4 p.m.; Wednesdays: 9-11 a.m.
Phone: (480) 965-3222
Need an appointment outside her availability? Send her an email to request one.
Meet with Jessica to discuss faculty-directed programs with the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and other Social Sciences programs within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.