Alicia Jessip: No stranger to UNI


Alicia Jessip, a junior communication studies major with a double minor in Spanish and political science, is paving the path to her future at the University of Northern Iowa. As the first member of her family to attend college, she knows how to accomplish the goals she has set for herself.

"I don't want to take this opportunity for granted," Jessip says. She has taken full advantage and become involved in many of the opportunities presented at UNI.

Jessip is involved in the Northern Iowa Student Government, Jump Start, Summer Orientation Staff, Student Admissions Ambassadors, her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and more. "All of these organizations have shaped my college experience more than I can even put into words," she said. "I have met some amazing people and have been granted opportunities to learn and be submerged in things that I would not have gotten by just being in a classroom."

Jessip is a great example of being involved at UNI. When asked what advice she would give students she said, "Get involved, get involved, get involved!" Her involvement gives her the real-world experience she needs for after graduation.

Jessip's dream job is to be a Broadway musical performer. What she's striving for at UNI, though, is to become either a lawyer, a counselor or work in student affairs. "I just like helping people and having interpersonal connections," she explains.

Professor Donna Hoffman is one of the many teachers that is helping her get to her goals. "I took American Politics with Donna Hoffman, fell in love with it, and decided to pick up a second minor in political science."

A little known fact about her is that she is half Mexican and half Panamanian. She has been fluent in Spanish almost her whole life, so her minor in Spanish makes sense.

Not being content with mediocrity, Jessip is always striving to better herself and others. Watch out for her because if she keeps this pace up, she could soon take over the world (her other plan for the future)!