Senior Profile: Jessica Thomas

What is your major and minor? What other academic programs were you a part of?

Business Administration Major. Communication Minor.

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

I was a Peer Mentor in my junior and senior year.

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

I was the Vice President, President and Treasurer of the McDaniel Dance Company, the head of the Relay for Life Committee, President of Alpha Lambda Delta, and a brother of APO.

Have you enjoyed your time at McDaniel? If so, what did you enjoy the most?

I’ve loved my time at McDaniel! It’s hard to determine what I enjoyed the most, because every semester I have a new favorite part of being a McDaniel Student.

Who do you think was/is your best mentor?

Every professor I’ve had is a great mentor, but I don’t think I would have been as successful as I have been without Erin Benevento and my Peer Mentor Jessie Wyatt. I know that I can always go to them whenever I need help, and I can’t thank them enough.

Describe your favorite memory at McDaniel.

Again, it’s hard to choose, but I will always love walking through campus in the springtime! The blossoms and the warm weather always made me feel happier on a tough day.

What are some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

I’m the first person in my family to go to college full-time, so it was challenging to make the transition from high school to college and figure out how to be successful in college. I’m so glad that I had the help of the First Year Team to guide me along the way and push me to become the best version of myself.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I’m still in the process of looking for my “big girl job,” but I’m hoping to start working full time in the next few months!

What would you tell yourself as a first-year student at McDaniel?

Even though things will get harder and you’ll find yourself in difficult situations, just know that everything will work out in the end and you’ll have some of the best people there to support you along the way.

Where do you see the world in 10 years?

The optimist in me wants to say that it’ll be more accepting and the environment will be healing, but I know we all have to push hard to get there. I only hope we’ll be doing what we can to make the world even better 10 years from now.

How do you reflect on your senior year during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic?

It was more stressful than I had imagined! I think the A/B semester made my senior capstone in the fall one of the most stressful projects I’ve ever worked on. That being said, I’m so grateful that professors have been understanding how stressed we all are and are fighting for us to push through and be the best we can be. I couldn’t imagine college in a pandemic without their support and faith in us.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the McDaniel community?

Don’t ever let anyone push you to be somebody that you’re not. You’re much better off embracing your true self than conforming to please others.