Student Perspective: Jessi Parent
Please meet Jessi Parent, a senior at the University of Maine. Jessi is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with dual minors in Legal Studies and Leadership Studies.
On most days at the University, you may find Jessi in the VET’s office, located in 143 Memorial Union. Students can visit this office to learn more about resources which can help them “transition from combat to classroom to career.” Jessi also serves on the Veteran’s Advisory Committee, Student Veterans Association, is a member of All Maine Women and is the Treasurer of the Pre Law Society. This spring, Jessi was instrumental in working with her fellow Pre Law Society officers and members in bringing over 20 different employers, organizations and schools in law and justice fields to campus for the first Careers in Law in Justice event, which was hosted with the Career Center.
When asked about her favorite courses at UMaine, Jessi says she has too many to list. She recommends any classes in the Political Science or Leadership Studies courses. She also got a lot out of the Camden Conference and participated in the Washington DC Leadership Institute courses as well. If you’re looking for a great class to fulfill a general education requirement, Jessi recommends checking out dance classes taught by Ann Ross or Leon Dyjak, which she says “are a blast”.
As she thinks about her upcoming graduation in August 2018 and is planning her next steps, Jessi wants to take a moment to thank the UMaine faculty and staff who have helped her “achieve her goals and never stopped believing in her.” Amongst them are Chief of Staff Jim Settele, Interim Associate Dean Nory Jones, Tony Llerna, coordinator of UMaine’s Office of Veterans Education and Transition Services, Professor Holman, Professor Brewer, and Professor Downey, as well as many others.
Jessi visited the Career Center when she needed help applying for an internship. She was able to utilize the services offered to meet with a Career Counselor and get advice on preparing a top-notch resume and cover letter.
This spring and summer, Jessi is focusing her attentions on finish up her education at the University of Maine. To her fellow students, as well as prospective Black Bears, Jessi recommends taking advantage of “all the opportunities UMaine has to offer.” She suggests getting to know the faculty and staff, as they can serve as amazing mentors and resources for you.
Good luck on your next adventures, Jessi!